Dr Danny Thorogood BSc(Hons), PhD University of Wales

Dr Danny Thorogood

Principal Investigator

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My research career has focused on studying the biology of the Poaceae (grasses). After completing my PhD research I was employed as a plant breeder at the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, funded by Germinal Holdings Ltd. I developed stay green perennial ryegrass varieties, for turf use, based on transfer of the stay green gene from Festuca pratensis. I have a wide portfolio of turfgrass varieties on the EU Common Catalogue that have been commercialised and have been used in major sports installations. My background in plant breeding has meant that my research focus has been on using high-throughput phenomics and image analysis and genomics including SNP generation to develop more efficient methodology for understanding the genetic control of a range of agronomic and plant life-cycle traits and to use this information in marker assisted selection breeding programmes. I was a co-investigator on a BBSRC Follow on Fund (BB/FOF/194) “Using gene specific DNA markers to assi

Teaching

Lecturer

BRM1420 - Food Security: Scientific Solutions BR12410 - Study and Communication Skills

Research

Research interests in reproductive systems of grasses and clovers, quantitative trait mapping and marker assisted selection strategy.

Current projects

  • Genetics, Genomics and Germplasm (C3G), 2012-2017, Crop BBSRC ISPG Grant (BB/J004405/1) in Work Package 2. Lolium and Trifolium Genetics, Genomics and Germplasm development - Understanding and Manipulating Self-Incompatibility in Grasses and Clovers.
  • CropLife, 2011-2014, EU FP7 Marie-Curie ITN -EC Grant Agreement No. 264394.

Publications

2016

Manzanares, C., Barth, S., Thorogood, D., Byrne, S., Yates, S., Czaban, A., Asp, T., Yang, B., Studer, B. 2016. A Gene Encoding a DUF247 Domain Protein Cosegregates with the S Self-Incompatibility Locus in Perennial Ryegrass. Molecular Biology and Evolution 33 (4) pp. 870-884.

Blackmore, T., Thorogood, D., Skot, L., McMahon, R., Powell, W., Hegarty, M. 2016. Germplasm dynamics: the role of ecotypic diversity in shaping the patterns of genetic variation in Lolium perenne. Scientific Reports 6 22603 Cadair

Grinberg, N., Lovatt, A., Hegarty, M., Macfarlane, A.C., Skot, K., Kelly, R., Blackmore, T., Thorogood, D., King, R.D., Armstead, I., Powell, W., Skot, L. 2016. Implementation of genomic prediction in Lolium perenne (L.) breeding populations. Frontiers in Plant Science 7 133 Cadair

2014

Thorogood, D., Blackmore, T.M., Mathews, R., Allen, D., MacDuff, J.H., Hegarty, M.J. 2014. A genetic association between leaf elongation rate and flowering time in perennial ryegrass. In D. Sokolović., C. Huyghe., J. Radović. (eds) Quantitative Traits Breeding for Multifunctional Grasslands and Turf. Springer Nature pp. 267-271.

Canunayon, M., Thorogood, D. 2014. QTL identification for leaf senescence in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.). In D. Sokolović., C. Huyghe., J. Radović. (eds) Quantitative Traits Breeding for Multifunctional Grasslands and Turf. Springer Nature pp. 239-247.

Thorogood, D., Manzanares, C., Hegarty, M.J., Asp, T., Barth, S., Studer, B. 2014. The Genetic Control of Self-Incompatibility in Grasses Revisited – Are There Really Just Two Loci? Plant & Animal Genome XXII Conference, San Diego, United States of America, 10/01/2014 - 15/01/2014. pp. W092. Other Other

2013

Thorogood, D., Manzanares, C., Studer, B., Hayes, R.C., Barth, S., Asp, T. 2013. Determination of Self-Incompatibility Genotypes in Lolium perenne through linked DNA marker genotyping. pp. 58-58. Cadair

Bentley, A., Jensen, E.F., Mackay, I., Honicka, H., Fladung, M., Hori, K., Yano, M., Mullet, J., Armstead, I.P., Hayes, C.M., Thorogood, D., Lovatt, J.A., Morris, R., Pullen, N., Mutasa-Gottgens, E., Cockram, J. 2013. Flowering Time. In C. Kole. (ed) Genomics and Breeding for Climate-Resilient Crops: Target Traits. Springer Nature pp. 1-66.

Manzanares, C., Studer, B., Hayes, R.C., Barth, S., Thorogood, D. 2013. Population Genetics of the Grass Self-incompatibility System—Practical Implications for Grass Breeding Programmes. In S. Barth., D. Milbourne. (eds) Breeding strategies for sustainable forage and turf grass improvement. Springer Nature, Dordrecht pp. 55-61.

Manzanares, C., Studer, B., Barth, S., Asp, T., Thorogood, D. 2013. Self-incompatibility in ryegrass: Homing in on the genes of the S-locus complex. Proceedings of the 7th International Symposium on the Molecular Breeding of Forage and Turf, Salt Lake City, United States of America, 04/06/2012 - 07/06/2012. pp. 82-82. Cadair

2011

Skøt, L., Sanderson, R., Thomas, A.M., Skøt, K.P., Thorogood, D., Latypova, G.A., Asp, T., Armstead, I.P. 2011. Allelic variation in the perennial ryegrass FLOWERING LOCUS T gene is associated with changes in flowering time across a range of populations. Plant Physiology 155 (2) pp. 1013-1022.

Manzanares, C., Studer, B., Hayes, R., Barth, S., Thorogood, D. 2011. Population genetics of the grass self-incompatibility system - Practical implications for grass breeding programmes. EUCARPIA 29th Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses Section Meeting, Dublin, Ireland, 04/09/2011 - 08/09/2011.

Klaas, M., Yang, B., Bosch, M., Thorogood, D., Manzanares, C., Armstead, I.P., Franklin, F.C.H., Barth, S. 2011. Progress towards elucidating the mechanisms of self-incompatibility in the grasses: further insights from studies in Lolium. Annals of Botany 108 (4) pp. 677-685.

2010

Duller, S., Thorogood, D., Bonos, S. 2010. Breeding Objectives in Amenity Grasses. In B. Boller., U. K. Posselt., F. Veronesi. (eds) Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses: Handbook of Plant Breeding. Handbook of Plant Breeding Springer Nature pp. 137-160. Cadair

Casey, N.M., Milbourne, D., Barth, S., Febrer, M., Jenkins, G., Abberton, M.T., Jones, C., Thorogood, D. 2010. The genetic location of the self-incompatibility locus in white clover (Trifolium repens L.). Theoretical and Applied Genetics 121 (3) pp. 567-576.

2009

Yang, B., Thorogood, D., Armstead, I.P., Franklin, F.C.H., Barth, S. 2009. Identification of genes expressed during the self-incompatibility response in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.). Plant Molecular Biology 70 (6) pp. 709-723. Cadair

Casey, N., Milbourne, D., Febrer, M., Abberton, M., Jenkins, G., Barth, S., Thorogood, D. 2009. Mapping the self-incompatibility (S) locus in white clover (Trifolium repens L.). 18th Meeting of the Eucarpia Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses Section, La Rochelle, France, 10/05/2009 - 14/05/2009. pp. 118-118. Cadair

Armstead, I.P., Barth, S., Yang, B., Thorogood, D., Humphreys, M.O., King, I.P., Marshall, A.H., Turner, L.B., Skøt, L.Yamada, T., Spangenberg, G. 2009. Understanding the genetic basis of flowering and fertility in the ryegrasses (Lolium spp.). In T. Yamada., G. Spangenberg. (eds) Molecular Breeding of Forage and Turf. Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on the Molecular Breeding of Forage and Turf 2007 (MBFT 2007), Sapporo Convention Center, Japan, 02/07/2007 - 06/07/2007. Springer Nature pp. 185-192. Cadair Other

Skot, L., Thorogood, D. 2009. Using gene specific DNA markers to assist targeted manipulation of flowering time and duration and seed yield potential in grass crops. Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

2008

Skot, L., Thorogood, D., Armstead, I.P., Humphreys, J., Sanderson, R., Thomas, I.D., Gallagher, J.A., Turner, L.B., Humphreys, M.W., Humphreys, M.O. 2008. Association and introgression mapping of quantitative traits in Lolium perenne: flowering time, forage quality and abiotic stress tolerance. Plant and Animal Genomics Conference XVI, San Diego, United States of America, 12/01/2008 - 16/01/2008. pp. W169. Other

Thorogood, D. 2008. Beauty and the beast - turfgrass breeding achievements and future objectives.

King, J., Thorogood, D., Edwards, K.J., Armstead, I.P., Roberts, L.A., Skøt, K.P., Hanley, Z., King, I.P. 2008. Development of a genomic microsatellite library in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) and its use in trait mapping. Annals of Botany 101 (6) pp. 845-853. Cadair Other

Yang, B., Thorogood, D., Armstead, I.P., Barth, S. 2008. How far are we from unravelling self-incompatibility in grasses? New Phytologist 178 (4) pp. 740-753. Cadair

Yang, B., Thorogood, D., Armstead, I.P., Franklin, F.C.H., Barth, S.Lubberstedt, T. 2008. Identification and characterisation of genes involved in self-incompatibility (SI) in Lolium perenne. 27th EUCARPIA Symposium on Improvement of Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses, Copenhagen, Denmark, 19/08/2007 - 23/08/2007.

Yang, B., Thorogood, D., Armstead, I.P., Franklin, F.C.H., Barth, S. 2008. Identification of differentially expressed genes during self-incompatibility (SI) response in Lolium perenne. Plant and Animal Genome XVI Conference, San Diego, United States of America, 12/01/2008 - 16/01/2008.

Armstead, I.P., Turner, L.B., Marshall, A.H., Humphreys, M.O., King, I.P., Thorogood, D. 2008. Identifying genetic components controlling fertility in the outcrossing grass species perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) by quantitative trait loci analysis and comparative genetics. New Phytologist 178 (3) pp. 559-571.

Thorogood, D., Armstead, I.P. 2008. Towards resolving vegetative growth and seed production conflicts in perennial ryegrass used for turf and forage. "Seed production": Eucarpia symposium on improvement of fodder crops and amenity grasses (XXVII), Copenhagen, Denmark, , 19/08/2007 - 23/08/2007. pp. p16.

2007

Thorogood, D. 2007. Association of candidate genes with flowering time and forage quality traits in Lolium perenne. Proceedings of the XXVIIth EUCARPIA Symposium on improvement of fodder crops and amenity grasses, Copenhagen, Denmark, 19th to 23rd August 2007. XXVIIth EUCARPIA Symposium on Improvement of Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses, Copenhagen, Denmark, 19/08/2007 - 23/08/2007. Other

Skøt, L., Humphreys, J., Humphreys, M.O., Thorogood, D., Gallagher, J.A., Sanderson, R., Armstead, I.P., Thomas, I.D. 2007. Association of candidate genes with flowering time and water-soluble carbohydrate content in Lolium perenne (L.). Genetics 177 (1) pp. 535-547. Other Cadair

Roberts, L.A., Thorogood, D., King, I.P., Goodacre, R., Ougham, H.J., Reader, S.M., Ellis, D.I. 2007. From phenotype to genotype: whole tissue profiling for plant breeding. Metabolomics 3 (4) pp. 489-501. Cadair Other

Marshall, A., Abberton, M.T., Thorogood, D., Armstead, I., Michaelson-Yeates, T.P.T. 2007. Strategies to combine improved reproductive and agronomic traits in forage plant breeding programmes. 6th International Herbage Seed Conference, Norway, 17/06/2007 - 23/06/2007. pp. 22-27.

2005

Thorogood, D., Skøt, K.P., Roberts, L.A., King, I.P., King, J., Elborough, K.M.Humphreys, M.O. 2005. Development of a microsatellite library in Lolium perenne. pp. 978-90. Cadair Other

Thorogood, D., Hughes, S.J. 2005. Distinguishing Poa supina and P. annua by species specific isozyme alleles and flow cytometry. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal pp. 654-660. Cadair

Lovatt, J.A., Thorogood, D. 2005. Research papers presented at the 10th International Turfgrass Research Conference, Llandudno, Wales, UK, 10-15 July 2005 - Part 1. 10th International Turfgrass Research Conference, Llandudno, Wales, UK, 10-15 July 2005. 10th International Turfgrass Research Conference, Llandudno, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 10/07/2005 - 15/07/2005. pp. 1-686. Cadair Other

Lovatt, J.A., Thorogood, D. 2005. Research papers presented at the 10th International Turfgrass Research Conference, Llandudno, Wales, UK, 10-15 July 2005 - Part 2. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal Volume 10, Part 2. 10th International Turfgrass Research Conference, Llandudno, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 10/07/2005 - 15/07/2005. International Turfgrass Society pp. 687-1262. Cadair Other

Thorogood, D., Lovatt, A.J. 2005. Technical (non peer-reviewed) paper summaries presented at the 10th International Turfgrass Research Conference, Llandudno, Wales, UK, 10-15 July 2005. Cadair

2004

Thorogood, D. 2004. AberNile - Stay-Green Perennial Ryegrass. Other Cadair

Thorogood, D., Armstead, I.P., Turner, L.B., Humphreys, M.O., Hayward, M.D. 2004. Identification and mode of action of self-compatibility loci in Lolium perenne L. Heredity 94 pp. 356-363. Cadair

Gay, A., Smith, E.L., Kingston-Smith, A., Thorogood, D., Roca, M., Ougham, H., Thomas, H., Evans, C., Davies, T., Moss, L. 2004. Photoinhibition and resistance to winter damage in stay-green amenity grasses. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Part A. Society for Experimental Biology (SEB) Meeting, Edinburgh, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 29/03/2004 - 02/04/2004.

2003

Thorogood, D., Hughes-Duller, S.J. 2003. AberVelvet (BL2871 – renamed as AberFlight) – slender creeping red fescue. Other Cadair

Thorogood, D., Skøt, L. 2003. Directed use of wild perennial ryegrass germplasm in turfgrass improvement programmes. Proceedings 25th EUCARPIA Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses Section Meeting, Brno, Czech Republic, 01/09/2003 - 04/09/2003. pp. 147-157. Cadair Other

Roderick, H.W., Humphreys, M.O., Turner, L., Armstead, I., Thorogood, D. 2003. Isolate specific trait loci for resistance to crown rust in perennial ryegrass. In U. K. Posselt., J. M. Greef. (eds) Proceedings International Symposium on Grass Breeding: 24th EUCARPIA fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses. Vortrage fur Pflanzenzuchtug 24th EUCARPIA Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses Section, Braunschweig, Germany, 22/09/2002 - 25/09/2002. pp. 244-247.

Thorogood, D. 2003. Perennial ryegrass. In b. genetics. (ed) Turfgrass biology. Wiley pp. 75-105. Cadair

2002

Armstead, I.P., Thorogood, D., Kaiser, W.J., Jones, J.G. 2002. Genotyping and mapping the self-incompatibility loci of Lolium perenne L. Proceedings International Symposium on Grass Breeding. 24th EUCARPIA Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses Section, FAL, Braunschweig, Germany, 22-25 September 2002. 24th EUCARPIA Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses Section, Braunschweig, Germany, 22/09/2002 - 25/09/2002. pp. 22-25. Cadair

Griffiths, C.H., De Battista, J.P., Hill, N.S., Hiatt, E.E., Thorogood, D., Klap, J., Costa, M.C., Reeves, J.H. 2002. Seed testing for endophytes by microscopic and immunoblot procedures. Seed Science and Technology pp. 347-355. Cadair Other

Thorogood, D., Kaiser, W.J., Jones, J.G., Armstead, I.P. 2002. Self-incompatibility in ryegrass 12. Genotyping and mapping the S and Z loci of Lolium perenne L. Heredity 88 pp. 385-390. Other Cadair

2001

Thorogood, D., Gras, M.C., Eickmeyer, F., Feierstein, U., Guesquiere, A., Bourdon, P., Reheul, D., Hoks, I., Cagas, B., Boller, B., Baert, J. 2001. Crown rust Puccinia coronata Corda: recent developments. pp. 26-29. Cadair

Humphreys, M.O., Cook, R., Abberton, M.T., Turner, L.B., Thorogood, D., Roderick, H.W.Paul, V.H. 2001. Molecular breeding in pasture species and its application to improving pest and disease resistance. pp. 77-87. Cadair Other

Paget, M.F., Armstead, I.P., Humphreys, M.O., Thorogood, D., Turner, L.B., Roderick, H.W. 2001. QTL analysis of crown rust resistance in perennial ryegrass - implications for breeding. International Turfgrass Society Research Journal 9 pp. 218-223. Cadair

2000

Roderick, H.W., Thorogood, D., Adomako, B. 2000. Temperature-dependent resistance to crown rust infection in perennial ryegrass, Lolium perenne. Plant Breeding Zeitschrift für Pflanzenzüchtung 119 (1) pp. 93-95.

1996

Thorogood, D. 1996. Varietal colour of Lolium perenne L turfgrass and its interaction with environmental conditions. Plant Varieties and Seeds 9 (1) pp. 15-20.

1995

Thorogood, D. 1995. THE INTERRELATIONSHIPS OF COLOR PARAMETERS IN TURFGRASS - THE BASIS OF A MODEL FOR TURFGRASS COLOR DESCRIPTION. Plant Varieties and Seeds 8 (1) pp. 55-64.

1992

Wilkins, P.W., Thorogood, D. 1992. Breakdown of self-incompatibility in perennial ryegrass at high temperature and its uses in breeding. Euphytica 64 (1-2) pp. 65-69.

Humphreys, M., Thorogood, D. 1992. Disturbed Mendelian segregations at isozyme marker loci in early backcrosses of Lolium multiflorum x Festuca pratensis hybrids to L.multiflorum. Euphytica 66 (1-2) pp. 11-18.

Thorogood, D. 1992. Self-compatibility in Lolium temulentum L: its genetic control and transfer into L. perenne L. and L. multiflorum Lam. Heredity 68 (1) pp. 71-78.

1991

Thorogood, D. 1991. Manipulation and Exploitation of the Reproductive System in Forage Breeding. In A. P. M. den Nijs., A. Elgersma. (eds) Fodder crops breeding: Achievements, novel strategies and biotechnology: 6th meeting of the Fodder crops section of EUCARPIA. Centre for Agricultural Publishing and Documentation pp. 89-94.

Thorogood, D. 1991. The genetic control of self-compatibility in an inbred line of Lolium perenne L. Heredity 67 (2) pp. 175-181.