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Cambridge Biosciences DTP PhD Programme


NIAB / Department of Plant Sciences

Research theme: Bioscience for sustainable agriculture and food


Project Title:

Genetic control of wheat milling and baking quality

Project Summary:

Nick's PhD project investigates the genetic architecture of milling and baking, as well as nutritional quality, and how prediction of these traits can be applied in a UK wheat breeding programme. Various quantitative genetics approaches including QTL mapping using an 8-parent MAGIC population and developing genomic prediction that incorporate information across the DSV UK wheat breeding programme together with environmental covariates incorporate genotype by environment interactions.



Key publications: 

Scott, M.F., Fradgley, N., Bentley, A.R. et al. 2021. Limited haplotype diversity underlies polygenic trait architecture across 70 years of wheat breeding. Genome Biol 22, 137.

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Dr Stephanie Swarbreck 

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PhD Student