Barley is the fourth most important cereal crop in the world, grown in more than 100 countries and used for animal feed, human food and the production of alcohol.
Barley Information Portal
This information portal is the first step towards the International Barley Hub, an ambitious project involving The James Hutton Institute and Dundee University to create a world-leading centre translating excellence in barley research and innovation into economic, social and environmental benefits.
The International Barley Hub will expand the scale and excellence of research and innovation and increase the translation and application of this research in the UK and overseas. It will invest in the skills and knowledge of the plant science research and innovation community and support the Barley Cluster.
When fully operational, the Invergowrie-based Hub will comprise a globally unrivalled research and industry support facility with 102 research and business development staff and an expanded research programme operating across a broad spectrum. The enhanced industry-related and applied research will boast state of the art capital research equipment both on site and at industry partners’ locations. The Hub will be housed in a new building which will also be home to a supporting skills and knowledge programme.
While this ambitious project takes shape physically, the barley research community at the James Hutton Institute have created this portal as a virtual home for the collaboration, information-sharing and cross-fertilisation of ideas and activities. Please explore it, share it and add to it!
How did barley, a plant native to the Middle East and South-Western Asia, become able to grown on land from just below the arctic circle to the equatorial highlands and southerly latitudes?
The answer lies in the combined forces of evolution and natural selection, according to recent research published in the influential journal Nature Genetics.
A spontaneous mutation in MutL-Homolog 3 (HvMLH3) affects synapsis and crossover resolution in the barley desynaptic mutant des10
The first barley desynaptic mutant has been mapped and characterized by the meiosis group at the James Hutton Institute. Des10, one of the mutant of our collection of 14 previously identified in the 70s, is an Mlh3 mutant which repairs only a third of the crossing over, much earlier in prophase than previously thought.
Breeders attempt to develop new cultivars that show an improvement over existing cultivars in one or more key characters that generally relate to yield, end-use quality, resistance to pests and pathogens, and agronomic suitability. The current 2015-16 spring and winter
Understanding And Manipulating Recombination Meiotic recombination is one of the principal forces creating the genetic diversity that drives evolution and is the fundamental instrument underlying most crop breeding programmes. A greater understanding of the control of recombination in crop plants
Barley has been associated with beer production for a very long time as traces of beer products can be found in pottery that is at least 9,000 years old and brewing is thought to have existed on an organized scale
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