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.
Jordan A,Broad GR,Stigenberg J,Hughes J,Stone J,Bedford I,Penfield S,Wells R (2020)The potential of the solitary parasitoid Microctonus brassicae for the biological control of the adult cabbage stem flea beetle, Psylliodes chrysocephala.Entomologia experimentalis et applicataPublisher's version: 0013-8703
Tudor E. H., Jones D. M., He Z., Bancroft I., Trick M., Wells R., Irwin J. A., Dean C. (2020)QTL-seq identifies BnaFT.A02 and BnaFLC.A02 as candidates for variation in vernalisation requirement and response in winter oilseed rape (Brassica napus).Plant Biotechnology JournalPublisher's version: 1467-7644
Jones M,Olson T,Pullen N,Wells R,Irwin J,Morris RJ (2020)The Oilseed Rape Developmental Expression Resource: A resource for the investigation of gene expression dynamics during the floral transition in oilseed rapeBMC Plant Biology (20)Publisher's version: 1471-2229