The Wheat Improvement programme is a collaboration between five UK research institutes.
The John Innes Centre is responsible for the Landrace pillar of research. Find out more about our Wheat Improvement partners.
The intention of the Landrace pillar is to develop germplasm which facilitates the identification, dissection, and assessment of novel genetic variation for traits that are available in landraces and other exotic bread wheat lines, but not yet deployed in current UK germplasm. The John Innes Centre then look to deploy this variation into UK wheat breeding programmes.
Both the new germplasm and the information generated by this project will be made freely available. Plant breeders can then use the germplasm to cross with their existing lines, while academics will be able to use it to understand the mechanistic basis of key traits in bread wheat.
The specific goals of the Landrace pillar are to:
- Understand the genetics behind factors limiting grain yield, such as drought tolerance, plant shape and resistance to pests and diseases.
- Identify new and useful genetic variation from related species and sources of wheat germplasm not adapted to target environments.
- Cross wheat lines to produce germplasm that allows the identification of genes influencing key traits.
- Generate a database of genetic markers, for use in precision breeding.
For more on the John Innes Centre’s Landrace Pillar, visit http://wisplandracepillar.jic.ac.uk/