Monogram Stories


November 15th, 2018: From Farm to Research to Farm again

producing improved varieties for farmers.


August 15th, 2018: Flying the Flag for Photosynthesis

A lost Marine Biologist


April 19th, 2018: Under the Barley Skin

Understanding the mechanisms underlying caryopsis/hull adhesion in barley


February 19th, 2018: Weighing up a career in plant science.

a new Monogram Story


December 20th, 2016: The plight of the wheat bioinformatician.

when your genome reference
sequence changes more often than Taylor Swift’s boyfriend


September 28th, 2016: Brachypodium distachyon – “the cute grass”

Jan Bettgenhaeuser (TSL), MECEA 2016 laureate


March 28th, 2016: More Oats in the Bowl: Genetic Improvements in Oats

Prof. Athole Marshall describes the next generation in oat improvement in a recently funded project called InnovOat


January 27th, 2016: About Networking!

Be a team player, be someone others like to work with. Let’s talk about that!


September 28th, 2015: Rothamsted Research Field Scanalyser

This sophisticated phenotyping facility will revolutionise the way crop growth and health is monitored in the field.


August 28th, 2015: Monogram Steering Group Update

Many thanks to our outgoing members


June 26th, 2015: So you want to learn bioinformatics?

For a biologist learning bioinformatics, there is no fast track...


April 26th, 2015: News From Bristol

The Bristol Life Sciences building is finally a reality...


March 16th, 2015: A Change is as Good as a Rest

Moving from academic to commercial research...


November 25th, 2014: Revival of malting barley in the Eastern USA

Transatlantic Barley Lesson


August 26th, 2014: What’s it like to start up a research lab on cereals?

Challenges and highlights I have encountered whilst starting up a new lab


January 26th, 2014: The Joy of Stats

Thoughts from no mans land...


October 20th, 2013: Once upon a time in Mexico !!

..working in a lab is a challenge, and if you are lucky you get to travel.


September 20th, 2013: Applied agricultural science in West Africa

In the final year of our PhDs we were presented with an opportunity to take our scientific
expertise out of the lab and into the field...


May 21st, 2013: Field Trials and Tribulations


Sometimes, there is no other option than to do a field trial. Unfortunately, field trials go wrong...


March 29th, 2013: Indian Wheat Adventure

Sacha Allen recalls a return visit of UK scientists to India organised to discuss further collaborations in wheat research.


January 23rd, 2013: 2013 Monogram Network Meeting

In this month's post, Luke Ramsay from the James Hutton Institute, talks about the annual monogram workshop and why this year is so special!


December 7th, 2012: I feel we are making a difference...

The Rothamsted aphid-resistant GM wheat field trial; some memories from 2012.


November 9th, 2012: A new look for MONOGRAM

The story behind the monogram update!


October 4th, 2012: Rothamsted Wheat Trial


October 29th, 2009: The Reduced Height Gene (Rht)


September 10th, 2009: Enhancing wheat field performance and response to abiotic stress with novel growth-regulatory alleles