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

2017

Thorogood, D., Yates, S., Manzanares, C., Skot, L., Hegarty, M., Blackmore, T., Barth, S., Studer, B. 2017. A novel multivariate approach to phenotyping and association mapping of multi-locus gametophytic self-incompatibility reveals S, Z and other loci in a perennial ryegrass (Poaceae) population: Identifying Multi-Locus Gametophytic Self-Incompatibility Genes. Frontiers in Plant Science 8 1331

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

2013

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

2010

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. Cadair

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.

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.

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 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. Springer Nature pp. 185-192.

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. Cadair

2008

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.

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. Cadair

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.

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

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

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. Cadair

2007

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.

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.

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

2005

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.

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.

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

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. pp. 1-686.

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. International Turfgrass Society pp. 687-1262.

2004

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.

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

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. Cadair

2003

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.

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

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

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. pp. 244-247. Cadair

2002

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.

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.

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. pp. 22-25.

2001

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.

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.

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.

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

1992

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

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. Cadair

1991

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

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. Cadair