2011 Monogram Network Workshop

General Information

Registration form: Please print the registration form and post to
Mrs Susan Golds,
Division of Plant & Crop Sciences,
University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus,
Loughborough, Leics
LE12 5RD, UK
Abstract Submission: Details for Abstract submission tbc

Programme Organizing Committee

  • Keith Edwards (Univ Bristol)
  • John Foulkes (Univ Nottingham)
  • Sue Golds (Univ Nottingham)
  • Claire Halpin (Univ Dundee)
  • Mike Holdsworth (Univ Nottingham)
  • Donal O'Sullivan (NIAB)
  • Rumiana Ray (Univ Nottingham)

Programme Outline

program as PDF

Monday 11 April

Workshops opens 14.00

  • 13.00 Arrive and lunch
  • 14.00 Welcome and Introduction - Jeremy Roberts (Head of School of Biosciencies, Univ Nottingham)
  • 14.30 Session I: Identification and exploitation of novel genetic variation/mining new sequence information/breeding technologies: Chair Keith Edwards (University Bristol)
    • 14.00 : Jeremy Roberts (Univ Nottingham) - Welcome and introduction
    • 14.10 : Ian King (Univ Nottingham) - Alien introgression in wheat
    • 14.30 : Malcolm Bennett (Univ Nottingham) - Centre for Plant Integrative Biology perspectives
    • 14.55 : Andy Phillips (RRes) - Multiple platforms for TILLING in mutagenised populations of wheat
    • 15.20 : Sacha Allen (Univ Bristol) - Genome-wide SNP discovery and mapping in UK wheat varieties
    • 15.35 : Ed Wilhelm (NIAB) - Genetic Diversity of the Group IV Rht Loci in Wheat
    • 15.50 : Kelly Houston (SCRI) - SNP genotyping assays for mapping genes in barley
    • 16.05 - 16.35 Tea break
    • 16.35 : Wing Sham Lee (RRes) - Virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) system for functional genomics studies in wheat and related cereals
    • 16.50 : Fiona Leigh (NIAB) - The Smart Carbohydrate Centre, novel starch in a normal background
    • 17.05 : Tanja Gerjets (INRA) - Map-based cloning of SKr, a major QTL involved in crossability of wheat with rye
    • 17.20 : Cristobal Uauy (JIC) - Combining SNP discovery from next-generation sequencing data with Bulked Segregant Analysis (BSA) to fine-map genes in polyploid wheat
    • 17.40 : David Marshall (SCRI) - Tools and technologies for the discovery and quantify of DNA sequence variation in cereals
  • 18.00 Poster Session - Rushcliffe Restaurant
  • 19.00 Dinner in the Rushcliffe Restaurant

Tuesday 12 April

  • 7.45-8.45 Breakfast - Rushcliffe Restaurant
    • 9.00 Session II: Bioenergy: optimising biomass and composition: Chair Claire Halpin (Univ Dundee)
      • 9.00 : Ana Winters (IBERS) - High sugar ryegrass as a temperate sugar cane
      • 9.25 : Elaine Jensen (IBERS) - Balancing yield and quality characteristics in Miscanthus
      • 9.40 : Jackie Freeman (RRes) - Cell wall feruloylation and expression of putative feruloyl transferase genes in Brachypodium distachyon and wheat
      • 10.00 : Paul Daly (Univ Dundee) - The brown midrib story in barley - manipulating lignin biosynthesis to improve the efficiency of biofuel production
      • 10.20 : Johar Roy (Univ Nottingham) - Wheat straw strength and digestibility
      • 10.40 - 11.10 Coffee - Harpers Bar
      • 11.10 : Leonardo Gomez (Univ York) Investigating biomass digestibility in Brachypodium distachyon
      • 11.35 : Paul Wilson (Univ Nottingham) Farm systems assessments of bioenergy
      • 12.00 : Bill Thomas (JHI) The Green Grain Project
    • 12.30 Lunch – Rushcliffe Restaurant
    • 13.30 Session III: High resolution plant/crop phenomics for agronomic traits, linking phenotype to genotype (Chair John Foulkes)
      • 13.30 : Kerstin Nagel (Juelich Plant Phenomics Centre, Germany) - The Juelich Plant Phenotyping Centre (JPPC) platform at Forschungszentrum Jülich
      • 13.55 : John Doonan (IBERS) - Development of high throughput plant phenotyping facilities at Aberystwyth
      • 14.20 : Pete Berry (ADAS) - Field based phenotyping for agronomic traits
      • 14.45 : Martin Parry (RRes) - Feedback from Field Phenotyping Workshop at Rothamsted 1-2 Feb 2011
    • 15.00 - 15.30 Tea break
    • Session IV: Resource-use: water, nitrogen and yield: Chair John Foulkes (Univ Nottingham)
      • 15.30 : Gustavo Slafer (University Lleida, Spain) - Fine-tuning phenology to improve spike fertility and yield in barley and wheat
      • 15.55 : Jordi Comadran (SCRI) - Mixed model association scans of multi-trial data reveal major loci for yield and yield related traits in barley
      • 16.20 : Adinda Derkx (RRes - Univ Nottingham) - Enhancing NUE and yield with stay-green phenotypes in wheat
      • 16.35 : Gracia Ribas Vargas (Univ Nottingham) - Enhancing fertility and yield in UK wheat using novel material from Mexico
      • 16.50 : Mike Grimmer (ADAS) - Disease, Resistance and water-use efficiency
      • 17.05 : Daniel Kindred (ADAS) - Genetic variation in determinants of N efficiency in Northern European wheat varieties
      • 17.30 : Session closes
    • 18.00 - 19.00 Monogram Steering Group Meeting- Committee Room
    • 19.30 Workshop Dinner at Sutton Bonington Campus

    Wednesday 13 April

    • 7.45-8.45 Breakfast – Rushcliffe Restaurant
    • Session V: Gene discovery for improved resistance to pathogens and pests: Chair Donal O‘Sullivan (NIAB)
      • 9.00 : Chris Ridout (JIC) - New insights into partial resistance: pattern-triggered immunity in cereals
      • 9.20 : Brande Wulff (TSL) - Using a wild wheat relative to tackle Ug99 stem rust
      • 9.40 : Pauline Bansept (NIAB) - Genome-wide association genetics of resistance to wheat yellow rust
      • 10.00 : Anna Gordon (NIAB) - Zooming in on the ergot-wheat interaction
      • 10.15 : Mansoor Saqi (RRes) - The Pathogen Host Interaction Database, PHI-base: New Developments
      • 10.30 : Rumiana Ray (Univ Nottingham) - Where physiology meets pathology: detecting biotic stress and traits for disease escape
    • 10.45 - 11.15 Coffee break – Harpers Bar
    • Session VI: Horizon scanning, future research directions: Chair Mike Holdsworth (Univ Nottingham)
      • 11.15 : Richard Summers (RAGT) - Traits for raising yield potential in wheat
      • 11.40 : Graham Moore (JIC) - The ‘Wheat Pre-breeding’ project (LOLA /WISP)
      • 11.55 : Andy Phillips (RRes) - Investigating the role of flavonoid biosynthesis in coat-imposed dormancy to facilitate the breeding of white-grained varieties of wheat
      • 12.10 : Anthony Hall (Univ Liverpool) - Developing next generation genetic tools for wheat breeding
      • 12.25 : Nathalie Castells - (RRes) Building tools for the monogram community
    • 12.50 Lunch and Departure

    Maps, Directions and Miscellani

    From Nottingham, Loughborough and East Midlands Airport

    Bus services run from Nottingham, Loughborough and East Midlands Airport to Sutton Bonington.  See bus services  for further information. 

    From M1 motorway

    The M1 motorway has an access point (Junction 24) at Kegworth, 2 miles from the Campus. Persons travelling by road from the North West and South otherwise than by the motorway are advised to make for the A6, turning off at either Kegworth or Hathern for Sutton Bonington.


    From the south

    Go to Leicester via the A6 to Loughborough (12 miles) the from Loughborough via the A6 to Hathern (3 miles). Leaving Hathern via the A6 turn right along the A6006. Pass through Zouch and take the first turning on the left for Sutton Bonington. Pass through Sutton Bonington, follow the main road up the hill and bear left at top - Sutton Bonington Campus is on the right hand side.


    From the north

    Nottingham - cross Clifton Bridge along the Ring Road and get into the correct lane for Birmingham and M1 marked by overhead signs. Follow the A453 via Clifton. Take first exit to roundabout continue along B679 turning right in Gotham for Kingston-on-Soar (marked "Kingston"). Straight over the mini-roundabout. In Kingston-on-Soar fork left for Sutton Bonington and follow the road to the crossroads. Straight across. The Sutton Bonington campus is on the left hand side.


    From the north west

    From Derby, follow the A6 to the A50. Take the A50 to the roundabout at Junction 24 of the M1. Take the 3rd exit to Kegworth. On the outskirts of Kegworth take the first turning on the left (signposted to Sutton Bonington). Follow this road through Kegworth and turn right immediately after the Anchor Inn (sign-posted for the University of Nottingham Sutton Bonington Campus). Then turn right at the next cross-roads. Sutton Bonington Campus is on the left.

    Those travelling by road from the north-west and south by other routes should follow the sign-posted routes from the A6 at Kegworth or Hathern to Sutton Bonington Campus.


    From campus to campus

    The University provides a free  Hopper Bus service which runs from University Park Campus to Jubilee Campus, Sutton Bonington Campus and King's Meadow Campus.

    Contact us

    The University of Nottingham
    Sutton Bonington Campus
    Sutton Bonington
    LE12 5RD
    telephone: +44 (0)115 951 5151