Research group

Anthony Hall Group

Bridging the gap between model and crop species.

Group activities.

We strive to develop next generation genetic approaches to bridge the gap between model (Arabidopsis) and crop species (primarily wheat) with the aim of understanding the genes/networks and genetic variance that underpin key agricultural traits.

To meet this goal we currently have a number of projects investigating the genes and networks underpinning yield robustness under drought and heat stress (India and UK) and enhancing photosynthesis (Mexico, Australia and the UK). We also have projects on the wheat epigenome characterising the epigenome in bread wheat, the variation of the epigenome across a global diversity panel and the role of the epigenome during genome shock (Germany, USA and UK).

We are interested in addressing fundamental biological questions with a focus on the circadian clock, with ongoing projects modelling clock networks with single-cell resolution in collaboration with James Locke (The Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge). In the future we aim to extend this work but also address the role of clock function during domestication and whether the clock is an important agricultural trait.

 

 

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Members of the Anthony Hall Group during a team presentation

 

Our current research project areas.

  • Combining field phenotyping and next generation genetics to uncover markers, genes and biology underlying drought tolerance in wheat
  • Using next generation genetic approaches to exploit phenotypic variation in photosynthetic efficiency to increase wheat yield
  • INvestigating TRiticeae EPIgenomes for Domestication (INTREPID)
  • Sequencing the genic portion of seeds of discovery advance pre- breeding germplasm to uncover the genetic variation
  • Is circadian function an important agronomic trait?
  • A computational cloud framework for the study of gene families