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Novel variation in oats to improve sustainable production, disease resistance and use - AR0706


Abstract of Research Proposal
The aims of the project are to capitalise on the value of oats in sustainable and flexible agriculture, to continue to realise the benefits of oats as a valuable rotational break crop which protects the environment, to develop new, sustainable and possibly vertically integrated opportunities for oats of various end-uses (food, feed and industrial uses) and to increase UK sourcing of raw materials. This will be achieved by selecting new genetic variation from within the cultivated oat and wild oat gene pools. Target characteristics include disease resistance and quality characteristics. It is necessary to produce these characteristics in oats which are agronomically acceptable and competitive with other cereals. A mutagenesis programme will be initiated in order to identify novel useful variation such as resistance to mildew, where new resistance is badly needed, starch characteristics of interest to the food industry and stay-green characteristics. Work will be initiated on the value of DNA sequences for marker assisted selection. Materials and results will be utilised in the MAFF funded breeding programmes for naked and husked oats, and be developed through industry funded projects.

Summary of Objectives
Overall Objective:
To identify and characterise promising novel variation from wild, cultivated and mutagen-treated oats, and initiating marker assisted selection to speed the incorporation of desirable characteristics into new oat germplasm lines.
Sub Objectives:
1 Identify promising novel variation from cultivated oats
2. Seek molecular markers to improve selection process
3. Identification and development of germplasm from wild oats
4. Investigate mutagenesis to generate novel variation.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Novel variation in oats to improve sustainable production, disease resistance and use   (147k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2001

To: 2004

Cost: £408,025
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Institute of Grassland and Environment Research (IGER)
Arable Farming              
Cereal Production              
Crop Improvement              
Fields of Study
Arable Crops