Dr Cristobal Uauy

Project Leader
Crop Genetics

Our lab seeks to identify genes underlying wheat QTL with significant agronomic impact, understand the mechanism by which they function and using this knowledge, facilitate their effective deployment into modern breeding varieties.

We are currently using molecular genetics approaches to:

  • identify the genes responsible for key yield and quality traits in UK wheat germplasm,
  • understand the interaction between wheat and the yellow rust fungal pathogen
  • develop genetic resources to enable effective translational research from model systems to crop species,
  • enhance the pipeline to translate this new knowledge into improved wheat varieties for growers, industry and consumers.


Tel: 01603 450195

John Innes Centre scientists use CRISPR technology to edit crop genes - subsequent generations contain no transgenes

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Scientists close the gap on devastating cereal killer

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Wheat Diseases Conference - 22nd May 2015

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Global surveillance leaves Cereal Killers nowhere to hide

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Selected Publications

Krasileva K. V., Vazquez-Gross H. A., Howell T., Bailey P., Paraiso F., Clissold L., Simmonds J., Ramirez Gonzalez R. H., Wang X., Borrill P., Fosker C., Ayling S., Phillips A., Uauy C., Dubcovsky J. (2017)

Uncovering hidden variation in polyploid wheat

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America early edition pearly edition

Publisher’s version: 10.1073/pnas.1619268114

Uauy C., Paraiso F., Colasuonno P., Tran R., Tsai H., Berardi S., Comai L., Dubcosvky J. (2009)

A modified TILLING approach to detect induced mutations in tetraploid and hexaploid wheat

BMC Plant Biology 9 pArt: 115

Fu D., Uauy C., Blechl A., Dubcovsky J. (2007)

RNA interference for wheat functional gene analysis.

Transgenic Research 16 p689-701

Publisher’s version: 10.1007/s11248-007-9150-7

Distelfeld A., Uauy C., Fahima T., Dubcovsky J. (2006)

Physical map of the wheat high-grain protein content gene Gpc-B1 and development of a high-throughput molecular marker.

New Phytologist 169 p753-63

Publisher’s version: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2005.01627.x

Uauy C., Distelfeld A., Fahima T., Blechl A., Dubcovsky J. (2006)

A NAC Gene regulating senescence improves grain protein, zinc, and iron content in wheat.

Science 314 p1298-301

Publisher’s version: 10.1126/science.1133649

Recent Publications

Pasquariello M., Ham J., Burt C., Jahier J., Paillard S., Uauy C., Nicholson P. (2016)

The eyespot resistance genes Pch1 and Pch2 of wheat are not homoeoloci.

Theoretical and applied genetics online p1-17

Publisher’s version: 10.1007/s00122-016-2796-x

Shorinola O., Bird N., Simmonds J., Simon B., Henriksson T., Jack P., Werner P., Gerjets T., Scholefield D., Balcarkova B., Valarik M., Holdsworth M. J., Flintham J., Uauy C. (2016)

The wheat Phs-A1 pre-harvest sprouting resistance locus delays the rate of seed dormancy loss and maps 0.3 cM distal to the PM19 genes in UK germplasm

Journal of Experimental Botany p

Publisher’s version: 10.1093/jxb/erw194

Dobon A., Bunting D. C., Cabrera-Quio L. E., Uauy C., Saunders D. G. (2016)

The host-pathogen interaction between wheat and yellow rust induces temporally coordinated waves of gene expression.

BMC Genomics 17 p380

Publisher’s version: 10.1186/s12864-016-2684-4

Hen-Avivi S., Savin O., Racovita R., Lee W. S., Adamski N., Malitsky S., Almekias-Siegl E., Levy M., Vautrin S., Bergès H., Friedlander G., Kartvelishvily E., Ben-Zvi G., Alkan N., Uauy C., Kanyuka K., Jetter R., Distelfeld A., Aharoni A. (2016)

A Metabolic Gene Cluster in the Wheat W1 and the Barley Cer-cqu Loci Determines ß-Diketone Biosynthesis and Glaucousness.

Plant Cell in press pin press

Publisher’s version: 10.1105/tpc.16.00197

Kassa M. T., Haas S., Schliephake E., Lewis C., You F. M., Pozniak C. J., Krämer I., Perovic D., Sharpe A. G., Fobert P. R., Koch M., Wise I. L., Fenwick P., Berry S., Simmonds J., Hourcade D., Senellart P., Duchalais L., Robert O., Förster J., Thomas J. B., Friedt W., Ordon F., Uauy C., McCartney C. A. (2016)

A saturated SNP linkage map for the orange wheat blossom midge resistance gene Sm1

Theoretical and applied genetics in press pin press

Publisher’s version: 10.1007/s00122-016-2720-4

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Cristobal Uauy

  • Nikolai Adamski Postdoctoral Scientist
  • Momina Hussain Visiting Worker
  • Peter Scott Support Specialist
  • Tobin Florio Research Assistant
  • James Simmonds Research Assistant
  • Oluwaseyi Shorinola Postgraduate Student
  • Dr Marianna Pasquariello Research Assistant
  • Dr Clare Lewis Research Assistant
  • Amelia Frizell-Armitage Postgraduate Student
  • Jemima Florence Brinton Postgraduate Student
  • Dr Philippa Borrill Research Fellow
  • Elle Lewis-Smedley Lab Attendant


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