The Penfield group is working to understand how climate warming will affect the yield of oilseed rape.
Climate change is leading to warmer winters. This will disrupt environmentally sensitive flowering pathways in many crop species.
It has been reported that winter warming leads to lower yields in the crop oilseed rape. However, little is known about the genetic processes that cause this.
Samuel’s project aims to elucidate the genes and mechanisms by which oilseed rape may respond to the warming winters they are currently experiencing and set to experience in the future.