Genetics research

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Ellie Marshall“Research into crop genetics has underpinned the yield increases and improvements in quality seen since the 1960s. Plant breeding continues to make use of genetics and new molecular techniques to boost crop performance even further.”

Dr Ellie Marshall – Crop breeding and genetics scientist

Focus on: Technologies

Focus on: resistance

Often the best weapon against pests and diseases is a plant’s own defence mechanisms. AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds-supported research looks for resistance genes which can be bred into elite crop varieties. Projects also look at how plant immune systems respond to changes in the environment and pathogen evolution.

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Completed genetics research projects

Completed variety research projects

Related research articles

*Research in Focus article. **Theory to Field article.

Current genetic research projects