IBH Seminar Series

IBH Seminar Series 2023

Upcoming seminars

All times UK except where noted.

Thursday, 30 March 2023, 14:00 – 15:30 GMT: Breeding history, progress and current strategies. Register here.


Previous seminars

Mining barley genetic resources for adaptive traits, Dr. Zakaria Kehel.

Water and Effluent Efficiency in Modern Malting, Dr. Richard Broadbent.

Barley inflorescence development under high temperatures, Prof. Dr. Maria von Korff Schmising and Gesa Helmsorig

Things that go bump in the night, Dr Lorna McAusland (University of Nottingham)

Working with Heritage Barley, Joanne Russell (JHI, Dundee), Chris Ridout (JIC, Norwich),  Susan Flavin (Trinity College Dublin) and Calum Holmes (Heriot Watt University)

Facing Forwards: epidermal traits in barley, Sarah McKim, University of Dundee

Navigating GWAS Results on the GrainGenes Morex v3 Genome Browser, Victoria Blake, GrainGenes, Montana State University.

The Central Role of Barley, by Prof. David J. Cook, This talk will examine trends in grist bill raw materials usage in the brewing sector and in particular the central role of barley and its key quality factors which deliver functionality in the brewing process.

Fusarium head blight: pathogens, mycotoxins and impact on yield and quality of malting barley by Rumiana Ray. Prof Ray is a plant pathologist with expertise in disease epidemiology and control. Her work is focused on host-pathogen interactions, disease physiology, varietal resistance and integrated disease management of cereal diseases including Fusarium head blight.

Canadian barley: public breeding programs, cultivar registration system and market development of malting barley cultivars” by Ana Badea from the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Brandon Research and Development Centre. Dr. Ana Badea has been a Research Scientist – Barley Breeding and Genetics with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Brandon Research and Development Centre (AAFC-BRDC) based in Brandon, Manitoba, since 2012.

Exploring the Pooid’y photoperiodic clock, by Professor Seth J. Davis from the University of York. Professor Seth J. Davis is the current chair of Plant Biology at the University of York, an appointment he came to in 2013. After completing his undergraduate studies (B.S. in Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Minor in Chemistry) at the University of Central Florida, Seth studied at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he completed a Ph.D. in Genetics in 2000.

My Story of Marris Otter, by Robin Appel of Warminster Maltings Ltd, Robin Appel has spent nearly 60 years in the barley trade (1963 – ). He is currently the non-executive chairman of grain merchants Robin Appel Ltd who own the production and marketing rights to Maris Otter

PhasiRNAs: a distinct category of sRNAs functioning in male reproductive development, by Professor Blake C. Meyers and 24-nt reproductive phasiRNAs: a key pathway to control pollen production in the Triticeae Dr Sebastien Belanger from the Danforth Center in Montana


Biochemistry of malting, by David Griggs (Crisp Malt)

Achieving 10t/ha barley yields in Australia is a reality: global synergies in crop development, agronomy and genetics to improve barley productivity, by Kenton Porker (Field Applied Research Australia Ltd)

Commercializing Orkney Bere barley, by Peter Martin (University of the Highlands and Islands, UHI)

The MAGB and the malting industry, by Julian South (The Maltsters’ Association of Great Britain, MAGB)

Barley of the future – facultative, naked, and flavourful?, by Patrick Hayes (Oregon State University), Chris Massman (University of Wisconsin) and Helen Brabham (Sainsbury Lab)

Crop management to minimise lodging risk of spring barley, by Pete Berry (ADAS UK)

Genetic control of plant architecture in barley, by Laura Rossini (University of Milan) and Elahe Tavakol (University of Shiraz).

Barley: running the disease gauntlet and chemical attack!, by Neil Havis, Francois Dussart and Laura Roehrig (SRUC).

Barley in a world of climate change and food system transformation, by Mike Rivington (James Hutton Institute).