The James Hutton Institute’s Dundee site is hailed as a global centre for crop genetics research, underpinned by some of the best characterised and most diverse germplasm collections in the world.
Home to the Commonwealth Potato Collection and burgeoning populations of barley, soft fruit and brassica, these collections are used to identify desirable genes for valuable traits. These traits include not only pest and disease resistance, yield improvement and increased abiotic stress tolerance, but also improved nutritional quality, flavour, texture or shelf life.
James Hutton Limited works with customers to:
- Develop molecular markers for traits of interest
- Develop new breeding technologies based on a greater understanding of the control of recombination in crop plants
- Understand plant/pathogen interactions
- Association genetics
- Linking genotype to phenotype through the development of genetic linkage maps
Crop science research is regularly supported through contract research projects managed by James Hutton Limited. Current projects include, 'Strategies to reduce waste due to greening in potato tubers' and, 'Improving yield stability in UK blueberry production'.