Michelle’s research involves the large scale screening of wheat lines for traits of interest using molecular mapping techniques to identify QTL.
Her particular area of interest is the implementation of Marker Assisted Selection in plant breeding, and working on markers for candidate genes in wheat programs, from soluble fibre to aluminium tolerance. To this end she co-founded our Genotyping Service.
Simon Griffith’s group focuses on height and flowering time in bread wheat and the genes which control the interaction between these traits to influence yield.
In Designing Future Wheat Michelle co-ordinates the running of field trials for phenotyping, seed multiplication and distribution to partners, provides DNA of materials for axiom genotyping in Bristol, and KASP genotyping for our NILS program.