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.


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Ash research reveals first genetic clues to fight dieback

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Recent Publications

Jones D. M., Wells R., Pullen N., Trick M., Irwin J. A., Morris R. J. (2018)

Spatio-temporal expression dynamics differ between homologues of flowering time genes in the allopolyploid Brassica napus.

Plant Journal

Publisher’s version: 10.1111/tpj.14020

Dudnik A., Almeida A. F., Andrade R., Breitel D., Love N., Thole V., Trick M., Vain P., Martin C. R., Forster J. (2018)

BacHBerry: BACterial Hosts for production of Bioactive phenolics from bERRY fruits

Phytochemistry Reviews 17 p291-326

Publisher’s version: 10.1007/s11101-017-9532-2

Vior N. M., Lacret R., Chandra G., Dorai-Raj S., Trick M., Truman A. W. (2018)

Discovery and biosynthesis of the antibiotic bicyclomycin in distant bacterial classes.

Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Publisher’s version: 10.1128/AEM.02828-17

Miller C. N., Harper A. L., Trick M., Wellner N., Werner P., Waldron K., Bancroft I. (2018)

Dissecting the complex regulation of lodging resistance in Brassica napus

Molecular Breeding 38 p30

Publisher’s version: 10.1007/s11032-018-0781-6

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

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