Harnessing new technologies for sustainable oat production and utilisation (QUOATS)

Project Report No. 543

Harnessing new technologies for sustainable oat production and utilisation (QUOATS)


Athole H. Marshall1, Sandy Cowan1, Irene Griffiths1, Jon Moorby1, Catherine Howarth1, Tim Langdon1, Derek Stewart2, Simon Edwards3, Nick Fradgley4, Sarah Clarke5

1Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Gogerddan, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3EB
2The James Hutton Institute, Dundee DD2 5DA
3Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB
4The Organic Research Centre, Wakelyns Agroforestry, Fressingfield, Suffolk IP21 5SD



Oats are recognised as a valuable break crop in cereal rotations; nevertheless, there is a need to improve key traits that will increase the production and utilisation of oats whilst also mitigating climate and environmental change via reduced agricultural inputs. This project aimed to address these issues by developing and applying state-of-the-art genomic and metabolomic tools for targeted oat genetic improvement of key traits that will enhance the value of oats in human health improvement, realise the potential of oats as a high value animal feed and develop new opportunities for using oats through advanced fractionation.

This multi-disciplinary project combined modern phenotyping methodologies with the expertise of genomics researchers, oat breeders and end-users. Involvement of the various end-users of oats (food, feed and industrial uses) in the evaluation of novel oat lines was designed to facilitate the transfer of this research into oat breeding programmes and deliver oat varieties with the characteristics that industry requires and deliver environmental benefits to sustainable production systems.

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