Rachel is the Project Manager for the BBSRC SLoLa Brassica and Rapeseed And Vegetable Optimisation (BRAVO) project which 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.
Watson A., Ghosh S., Williams M. J., Cuddy W. S., Simmonds J., Rey M. -. D., Hatta M. A. M., Hinchliffe A., Steed A., Reynolds D., Adamski N. M., Breakspear A., Korolev A., Rayner T., Dixon L. E., Riaz A., Martin W., Ryan M., Edwards D., Batley J., Raman H., Carter J., Rogers C., Domoney C., Moore G., Harwood W., Nicholson P., Dieters M. J., DeLacy I. H., Zhou J., Uauy C., Boden S. A., Park R. F., Wulff B. B. H., Hickey L. T. (2018)Speed breeding is a powerful tool to accelerate crop research and breedingNature Plants (4)Publisher's version: n/a
Jones D. M., Wells R., Pullen N., Trick M., Irwin J. A., Morris R. J. (2018)Spatio-temporal expression dynamics differ between homologues of flowering time genes in the allopolyploid Brassica napus.Plant JournalPublisher's version: 0960-7412
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 dataF1000 (6)Publisher's version: 2046-1402