Dr Martin Trick

Senior Scientist
Computational and Systems Biology

My research is centred on the use of computational genomics for crop improvement by enabling predictive breeding for key desirable agronomic traits. Advances in sequencing technology have revolutionised the way in which this can be achieved.  It is now feasible even in crop plants with very large and complex genomes such as wheat.

Much of the work I’m engaged in uses Illumina transcriptome sequencing in order to gather data on variation both in sequence and in expression of genes sampled across populations of genotypes or across diversity panels. Associative transcriptomics can then be used to seek significant correlations between SNP or expression markers and measured phenotypic traits. This methodology can be applied even to organisms lacking established genomics resources, as de novo transcriptome assembly can always be used to create a bespoke reference sequence. The strategy has been used successfully in oilseed rape, vegetable brassicas and bread wheat and is now being applied to identify markers in ash trees for tolerance of the Ash dieback disease.


Tel: 01603 450557

Ash research reveals first genetic clues to fight dieback

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Recent Publications

Simonini S., Bencivenga S., Trick M., Østergaard L. (2017)

Auxin-Induced Modulation of ETTIN Activity Orchestrates Gene Expression in Arabidopsis.

Plant Cell 29 p1864-1882

Publisher’s version: 10.1105/tpc.17.00389

Fedi F., O'Neill C. M., Menard G., Trick M., Dechirico S., Corbineau F., Bailly C., Eastmond P. J., Penfield S. (2017)

Awake1, an ABC-Type Transporter, Reveals an Essential Role for Suberin in the Control of Seed Dormancy.

Plant Physiology 174 p276-283

Publisher’s version: 10.1104/pp.16.01556

Miller C. N., Harper A. L., Trick M., Werner P., Waldron K., Bancroft I. (2016)

Elucidation of the genetic basis of variation for stem strength characteristics in bread wheat by Associative Transcriptomics

BMC Genomics 17 p500

Publisher’s version: 10.1186/s12864-016-2775-2

Feike D., Seung D., Graf A., Bischof S., Ellick T., Coiro M., Soyk S., Eicke S., Mettler-Altmann T., Lu K. J., Trick M., Zeeman S. C., Smith A. M. (2016)

The starch granule-associated protein EARLY STARVATION1 (ESV1) is required for the control of starch degradation in Arabidopsis thaliana leaves

Plant Cell 28 p1472-1489

Publisher’s version: doi:10.1105/tpc.16.00011

Yu N., Nützmann H. W., MacDonald J. T., Moore B., Field B., Berriri S., Trick M., Rosser S. J., Kumar S. V., Freemont P. S., Osbourn A. (2016)

Delineation of metabolic gene clusters in plant genomes by chromatin signatures.

Nucleic Acids Research 44 p1-11

Publisher’s version: 10.1093/nar/gkw100

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