Dr Scott Boden
Scott’s research, in wheat, is focused on understanding how the structure of the inflorescence is controlled by both genetic and environmental factors.
Scott has identified mutants from a TILLING population to investigate the developmental pathways which influence the formation of floral branches called spikelets, and how these impact upon wheat yield. This includes research into both flowering time genes and hormonal control which play a role in inflorescence development.
- Wheat spike development for improved yield
- Genetic control of paired spikelets
- Environmental influences on flowering
The group are particularly interested in the pathways that regulate development of wheat spikelets, which are reproductive branches of the inflorescence that contain grain-producing florets.
To investigate these pathways, they are examining novel spikelet arrangements in wheat, including paired spikelets, which are characterised by the development of two spikelets at single node, rather than the typical single spikelet. This research includes analysis of flowering-time genes that influence spikelet architecture, and the contribution of hormones to inflorescence development.
This research has the ultimate aim of increasing grain yield by optimizing spikelet architecture and the duration of inflorescence development. They hope to use this work to translate important research outcomes from model plants into wheat, and to improve our understanding of the comparative biology of inflorescence architecture amongst the major cereal crops including wheat, rice, maize and barley.
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