Dr Rachel Wells

Senior Scientist
Crop Genetics

Brassicas in both the form of oilseed rape and as vegetable crops have an annual UK market value in excess of £800M. My current work involves the development of the JIC Brassica molecular agronomy program, utilising both natural and induced genetic variation and facilitating the translation of research from model species to crops. I promote research using Brassica genetic resources in collaboration with industry, research institutes and academia.


Current collaborations include elucidating the genetic control of the floral transition (Judith Irwin), gene network models for flowering (Judith Irwin/Richard Morris/Martin Trick) and the investigation of natural variation for pod shatter resistance (Lars Ostergaard), the dissection of yield components (Mike Bevan), stem development (Robert Sablowski) and PAMP triggered immunity (Chris Ridout). My personal research interest is in germination, early development, growth and vigour within Brassica napus

BBSRC BRAVO: optimising the performance of Brassica crops

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Recent Publications

Cheng H., Mengyu H., Wang W., Mei D., Wells R., Liu J., Wang H., Sang S., Tang M., Zhou R., Chu W., Fu L. I., Hu Q. (2017)

Integrative RNA- and miRNA-Profile Analysis Reveals a Likely Role of BR and Auxin Signaling in Branch Angle Regulation of B. napus

International Journal of Molecular Sciences 18 (5) p887

Publisher’s version: 10.3390/ijms18050887

Eckes A. H., Gubala T., Nowakowski P., Szymczyszyn T., Wells R., Irwin J., Horro C., Hancock J. M., King G., Dyer S. C., Jurkowski W. (2017)

Introducing the Brassica Information Portal: Towards integrating genotypic and phenotypic Brassica crop data

F1000 6 p465

Publisher’s version: 10.12688/f1000research.11301.1

Wells R., Trick M., Soumpourou E., Clissold L., Morgan C., Werner P., Gibbard C., Clarke M., Jennaway R., Bancroft I. (2013)

The control of seed oil polyunsaturate content in the polyploid crop species Brassica napus

Molecular Breeding 33 p349-362

Publisher’s version: 10.1007/s11032-013-9954-5

Wells R., Trick M., Fraser F., Soumpourou E., Clissold L., Morgan C., Pauquet J., Bancroft I. (2013)

Sequencing-based variant detection in the polyploid crop oilseed rape.

BMC Plant Biology 13 p111

Publisher’s version: 10.1186/1471-2229-13-111

Harper A. L., Trick M., Higgins J., Fraser F., Clissold L., Wells R., Hattori C., Werner P., Bancroft I. (2012)

Associative transcriptomics of traits in the polyploid crop species Brassica napus.

Nature Biotechnology 30 p798-802

Publisher’s version: 10.1038/nbt.2302

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Lars Ostergaard

  • Prof Lars Ostergaard Head of Department
  • Saleha Bakht Research Assistant
  • Marie Bruser Postgraduate Student
  • Dr Lukasz Langowski Postdoctoral Scientist
  • Dr Yang Dong Postdoctoral Scientist
  • Dr Xinran Li Postdoctoral Scientist
  • Wendy Forsdick Departmental Administrator
  • Dr Laila Moubayidin Postdoctoral Scientist
  • Nicola Stacey Research Assistant
  • Pauline Stephenson Research Assistant
  • Dr Natalie Wager Project Manager


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