Tag Archives: Mike Bevan

Q&A with Professor Mike Bevan

Q&A with Professor Mike Bevan

  Receiving his first microscope hooked Professor Mike Bevan on biology. He has pioneered insights taken up by the crop biotech industry and with his current work aims to increase food production.    Did an outdoorsy upbringing in New Zealand help spark your interest in science? I was brought up on a remote sheep farm [...]

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Royal Society elects two new Fellows from the John Innes Centre

Royal Society elects two new Fellows from the John Innes Centre

Two scientists from the John Innes Centre have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society, the premier scientific accolade in the UK. Their breakthroughs in fundamental research have pioneered advances in antibiotic discovery and in crop improvement from which we all benefit. Professor Mike Bevan pioneered methods for expressing foreign genes in plants that [...]

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Major Breakthrough in Deciphering Bread Wheat’s Genetic Code

Nature Journal

John Innes Centre scientists have led a project to unlock the genetic code of wheat, one of the world’s three most important crops. This first analysis of the exceptionally complex and large wheat genome, published today in Nature, is a major breakthrough that will help to breed wheat varieties with higher yields and better able to cope [...]

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Investment in cereal genomics to breed better varieties

Two new research projects announced today (21 December) aim to make an important contribution to global efforts to breed improved cereal crops. The projects hope to shed further light on the genomes of wheat and barley, the two most widely grown cereal crops in the UK. Researchers hope that this will provide breeders with the [...]

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UK researchers release draft sequence coverage of wheat genome

UK researchers release draft sequence coverage of wheat genome

A team of UK researchers, funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), has publicly released the first sequence coverage of the wheat genome. The release is a step towards a fully annotated genome and makes a significant contribution to efforts to support global food security and to increase the competitiveness of UK [...]

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First member of the wheat and barley group of grasses is sequenced

First member of the wheat and barley group of grasses is sequenced

A few grass species provide the bulk of our food supply and new grass crops are being domesticated for sustainable energy and feedstock production. However there are significant barriers limiting crop improvement, such as a lack of knowledge of gene function and their large and complex genomes. Now, in the 11 February issue of Nature, [...]

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Wheat genome project to underpin food security

Wheat genome project to underpin food security

UK scientists have been awarded £1.7 million to analyse the genomes of five varieties of wheat, in order to help farmers increase the yield and disease resistance of British wheat varieties. Bread wheat, with an estimated world harvest of more than 550 million tonnes, is one of the most important food crops in the world [...]

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Grass roots research will help develop new energy crops

Grass roots research will help develop new energy crops

The John Innes Centre (JIC) has recently entered into a partnership with the US Dept of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Energy (DOE) to study the genome of the grass Brachypodium as part of the Joint Genome Institute’s Community Sequencing Programme. The genetic information from this project will be used as a template for analysing [...]

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