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Case studies

Through our seminar series and other research projects, The International Barley Hub works with many important individuals in the barley community. We believe collaboration is key in the barley sector. You can find out more information on these researchers below.

Nils Stein: Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, Gaterslaben

International collaboration was always key in the barley community, and we are a much smaller cohort compared to wheat, rice and maize and we have to take advantage of those people in that area and work efficiently together. All the work in genome sequencing in barley was part of an international effort from the very beginning. Read more.

Sónia Negrão: Lecturer and Assistant Professor, School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin

I have a project funded by the Science Foundation Ireland where we are working together with the James Hutton Institute and Professor Robbie Waugh. And we have assembled a heritage barley collection. That means that it is really old cultivars of barley, from landraces right through to the beginning of the century. Read more.

Brian Steffenson: Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota & Holder of the Lieberman Okinow Endowed Chair

In my 30-year career we’ve seen more collaborations that reach well beyond our individual institutions to a global realm. The internet has really helped in this regard; however, there are also many more opportunities for additional interactions with scientists at other organisations in the same country and also internationally. Read more.

Hazel Bull: Syngenta UK

I’m based at Syngenta’s barley breeding station in Lincolnshire. I’ve been here for nearly 5 years now. Prior to that, I was based at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee, where for eight years I worked on a diverse range of projects, all aimed at trying to understand how the characters we observe in the field are linked to the background genetics of the plant. Read more.



Obituary: Ken Kasha

Ken Kasha passed away on December 28, 2022 at the age of 89. Ken loved his work and had a strong work ethic. He developed an innovative method of crop production called haploidy that halved the breeding time required for new strains of barley and was a major contributor to the field of plant biotechnology.

Ken was invited to speak about his work all around the world and lived in England and Australia while on sabbatical. He had many graduate students who were always invited into his home for meals.

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