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Reference Number BBS/E/W/10963A01A
Title Genetic resources for the dissection of bioenergy traits
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Applications for heat and electricity) 50%;
Renewable Energy Sources(Bio-Energy, Production of transport biofuels (incl. Production from wastes)) 50%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields BIOLOGICAL AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (Biological Sciences) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Dr IS (Iain ) Donnison
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Aberystwyth University
Award Type Institute Project
Funding Source BBSRC
Start Date 01 April 2012
End Date 31 March 2017
Duration 60 months
Total Grant Value £463,805
Industrial Sectors Transport Systems and Vehicles
Region Wales
Investigators Principal Investigator Dr IS (Iain ) Donnison , IBERS, Aberystwyth University (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Dr J (John ) Clifton-Brown , IBERS, Aberystwyth University (0.001%)
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Abstract The aim of the project is to provide genetic resources for the dissection of bioenergy traits. IBERS has assembled one of the world's largest collections of Miscanthus based on genetic resources already in Europe and its own extensive collections from Asia. This unique resource has already been used to make biparental mapping populations to identify QTL for flowering time, senescence and stem traits. Ongoing characterisations of germplasm are identifying suitable heterogeneous stock for the generation of multi-parent advanced generation intercrosses. Novel introgression, diversity and pseudo-NAM populations will be established for exploitation in other sub-programmes. To provide the plant materials to address biological and breeding questions in a perennial species such as Miscanthus, that takes several years before reaching maturity, requires significant planning. A number of new trials and populations are therefore being constructed using the unique genetic resources assembled by IBERS to relate genotype to phenotype, genotype to environment, and phenotype to end use. These populations complement those established over the last eight years including an earlier diversity trial of Miscanthus genotypes that were in Europe prior to 2004, and mapping populations to study flowering time, light capture and stem traits.
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