Prof Cristobal Uauy
Cristobal’s research is focused on using genetics and genomics to improve both yield and quality components in wheat.
He is using natural and induced variation to identify genes which affect cell division and expansion within the seed to improve grain weight.
He is also investigating disease resistance and ways of improving wheat quality, for example nutrient and protein content in the grain.
Cristobal has developed several functional genomics resources to aid wheat breeders and enhance scientific discovery.
- Markers for increased grain weight in wheat
- Triple mutants in wheat for new traits
- Improving wheat grain quality (nutrients and protein)
The Uauy lab uses molecular genetic approaches to identify genes involved in wheat productivity traits and enhance the translation of this knowledge into improved varieties for industry and consumers.
They aim to understand the mechanisms by which these genes function in order to develop the most rational strategies to deploy these genes into commercial varieties.
They're currently working to enhance wheat disease resistance and improve grain quality and yield by identifying genes related to grain size and shape.
Our impact is centred on innovations in two main areas:
- Development of genomics-enabled technologies to accelerate plant breeding
- Facilitating access to these technologies to a wide range of users
To achieve this, they have developed new tools and platforms to aid in visualisation and practical implementation of large-scale datasets into breeding practices.
ContactTel: 01603 450195
Major award recognises UK and global impact of wheat scientistread more
Pumping Iron – Biofortified wheat produces white flour with extra ironread more
Combining Traditional Mutagenesis with New High-Throughput Sequencing and Genome Editing to Reveal Hidden Variation in Polyploid Wheat.
Annual Review of Genetics 51 p435
Publisher’s version: 10.1146/annurev-genet-120116-02453
Increased pericarp cell length underlies a major quantitative trait locus for grain weight in hexaploid wheat.
New Phytologist online ponline
Publisher’s version: 10.1111/nph.14624
An improved assembly and annotation of the allohexaploid wheat genome identifies complete families of agronomic genes and provides genomic evidence for chromosomal translocations.
Genome Research 27 p885-896
Publisher’s version: 10.1101/gr.217117.116
Plant Physiology 177 p168-180
Publisher’s version: 10.1104/pp.18.00023
Ubiquitin-related genes are differentially expressed in isogenic lines contrasting for pericarp cell size and grain weight in hexaploid wheat
BMC Plant Biology
Publisher’s version: 10.1186/s12870-018-1241-5
Nature Plants 4 p23-29
Publisher’s version: 10.1038/s41477-017-0083-8
Transfer of a starch phenotype from wild wheat to bread wheat by deletion of a locus controlling B-type starch granule content.
Journal of Experimental Botany 68 p5497-5509
Publisher’s version: 10.1093/jxb/erx349
Haplotype Analysis of the Pre-harvest Sprouting Resistance Locus Phs-A1 Reveals a Causal Role of TaMKK3-A in Global Germplasm.
Frontiers in plant science 8 p1555
Publisher’s version: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01555
- Dr Nikolai Adamski Postdoctoral Scientist
- Dr Philippa Borrill Research Fellow
- Dr Jemima Brinton Postgraduate Student
- Dr Oluwaseyi Shorinola Postgraduate Student
- James Simmonds Research Assistant
- Tobin Florio Research Assistant
- Dr Abdul Kader Alabdullah Postdoctoral Scientist
- Clemence Marchal Postgraduate Student
- Sophie Harrington Postgraduate Student
- Sisay Kidane Alemu Visiting Worker
- Valentina Buffagni Visiting Worker
2017 - The Royal Agricultural Society of England Research Award
2015 - Personal Promotion BBSRC (Band G)
2014 - Honorary Readership, University of East Anglia, UK
2011 - Bayer Early Excellence in Science Award, Bayer Foundation, Leverkusen, Germany
2007 - CGS/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award, Biological and Life Sciences (awarded every two years to the best dissertation from member Universities in USA and Canada)
2007 - Allen G. Marr Prize Distinguished Dissertation Award, Graduate Studies, UC Davis, CA
2007 - John E. Kinsella Memorial Prize, College of Agric. and Env. Sciences, UC Davis, CA
2007 - Shapiro Family Fund for Excellence in Science Award, Dept. of Plant Sci., UC Davis, CA
2007 - Gerald O. Mott Scholarship for Meritorious Graduate Students in Crop Science (UC Davis), CSSA
2001 - Academic Excellence Award, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Highest GPA of graduating class)
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