Mike Ambrose

Senior Scientist
Crop Genetics

I manage the Germplasm Resources Unit (GRU) and its development as a National Capability supported by the BBSRC. This centres around the long term curation and distribution of strategically important germplasm for a range of crops, associated wild relatives and specialist genetic stocks and their utilisation by the wider bioscience community and related industries.

We also maintain an expanding range of web searchable databases and other web resources which enhance the utility of the collections by helping groups identify materials of potential interest that are readily accessed and cleared for use. We are a centre of best practise and offer training and support to others in stock and database management and operate as part of the International network of Seed Banks.

We maintain our relevance and improve our community engagement through participation in a wide range of scientific meetings, breeding, farming and public events through talks, posters and growing demonstrations.

Recent Publications

Horler R., Turner A., Fretter P., Ambrose M. (2017)

SeedStor: A Germplasm Information Management System and Public Database.

Plant & cell physiology

Publisher’s version: 10.1093/pcp/pcx195

Rayner T., Moreau C., Ambrose M., Isaac P. G., Ellis N., Domoney C. (2017)

Genetic variation controlling wrinkled seed phenotypes in Pisum: how lucky was Mendel?

International Journal of Molecular Sciences 18 p1205

Publisher’s version: 10.3390/ijms18061205

Wingen L. U., Orford S., Goram R., Leverington-Waite M., Bilham L., Patsiou T. S., Ambrose M., Dicks J., Griffiths S. (2014)

Establishing the A. E. Watkins landrace cultivar collection as a resource for systematic gene discovery in bread wheat

Theoretical and Applied Genetics 127 p18311842

Publisher’s version: 10.1007/s00122-014-2344-5

Koneèná E., AfáøOvá D., Navrátil M., Hanáèek P., Coyne C., Flavell A., Vishyakova M., Ambrose M., Redden R., Smýkal P. (2014)

Geographical gradient of the eIF4E alleles conferring resistance to potyviruses in pea (Pisum sp.) germplasm

PLoS ONE 9(3) pe90394

Publisher’s version: 10.1371/journal.pone.0090394

Domoney C., Knox M., Moreau C., Ambrose M., Palmer S., Smith P., Christodoulou V., Isaac P. G., Hegarty M., Blackmore T., Swain M., Ellis N. (2013)

Exploiting a fast neutron mutant genetic resource in Pisum sativum (pea) for functional genomics

Functional Plant Biology 40 p1261-1270

Publisher’s version: 10.1071/FP13147

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For media enquiries, please contact the JIC communications team 01603 450962, jic.communications@jic.ac.uk

Media experience: print media, radio and video interviews (live or recorded)

Expertise: Plant genetic resources, ex situ plant conservation, wheat barley oats, peas, pea genetics, heritage cereals.


14th April 2015 - Mike was interviewed on an episode of the Naked Genetics podcast, by Naked Scientists. Read a transcript of the interview, or listen to the podcast, here.

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