Rachel is the Project Manager for the BBSRC SLoLa Brassica and Rapeseed And Vegetable Optimisation (BRAVO) project.
BRAVO is working to understand the gene networks controlling developmental transitions, from vegetative growth, through to flowering and seed production.
Brassicas in both the form of oilseed rape and as vegetables are key UK crops with an annual UK market value in excess of £800m.
Rachel’s current work involves the utilisation of both natural and induced genetic variation and facilitating the translation of research from model species to crops.
She promotes research using Brassica genetic resources in collaboration with industry, research institutes and academia.
Current collaborations include gene network models for flowering (Judith Irwin/Richard Morris), PAMP triggered immunity (Chris Ridout) and germination, early development, growth and vigour (Steven Penfield).
Rachel’s personal research interest is in Brassica pests with a focus on cabbage stem flea beetle.
Stephenson P., Stacey N., Bruser M., Pullen N., Ilyas M., O'Neill C., Wells R., Ostergaard L. (2019)The power of model-to-crop translation illustrated by reducing seed loss from pod shatter in oilseed rape.Plant reproductionPublisher's version: 2194-7953
Miller C., Wells R., McKenzie N., Trick M., Ball J., Fatihi A., Dubreucq B., Chardot T., Lepiniec L., Bevan M. W. (2019)Variation in Expression of the HECT E3 Ligase UPL3 Modulates LEC2 Levels, Seed Size, and Crop Yields in Brassica napus.Plant Cell (31)Publisher's version: 1040-4651
O'Neill C. M., Lu X., Calderwood A., Tudor E. H., Robinson P., Wells R., Morris R., Penfield S. (2019)Vernalization and Floral Transition in Autumn Drive Winter Annual Life History in Oilseed Rape.Current BiologyPublisher's version: 0960-9822