Specifically, Jemima is using a range of approaches including genetic mapping, physiology, microscopy and transcriptomics to understand the mechanisms that control grain length and grain width in bread wheat.
Jemima completed a Rotation PhD in plant biology at the John Innes Centre, funded by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, and studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge.
2017 – Monogram Early Career Excellence Award (PhD)
Brinton J., Simmonds J., Minter F., Leverington-Waite M., Snape J., Uauy C.Increased pericarp cell length underlies a major quantitative trait locus for grain weight in hexaploid wheat.New Phytologist (online)Publisher's version: 10.1111/nph.14624
Simmonds J., Scott P., Brinton J., Mestre T. C., Bush M., Del Blanco A., Dubcovsky J., Uauy C.A splice acceptor site mutation in TaGW2-A1 increases thousandgrain weight in tetraploid and hexaploid wheat through widerand longer grainsTheoretical and Applied Genetics (in press)Publisher's version: 10.1007/s00122-016-2686-2