Prof Huw Dylan Jones

BSc. MSc. PhD

Prof Huw Dylan Jones

Chair in Translational Genomics for Plant Breeding

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I did a PhD at Bristol University in molecular biology and intracellular signalling and worked at Long Ashton Research Station from 1992-1998. I then moved to Rothamsted Research to take up a position as Senior Research Scientist and group leader until 2016 when I joined IBERS. I have an international reputation in developing and applying in-vitro tissue culture and biotechnological approaches to study gene function and to facilitate plant breeding. I have experience applying these in cereals and also poplar and willow; however, in my role at IBERS, I will focus more on forage grasses, oats and miscanthus. I have particular interests in gene editing using site-directed nucleases and in RNAi mediated gene silencing to simultaneously edit or down-regulate homoeologous genes in polyploid genomes; also in exploiting chloroplast inheritance, doubled haploidy and heterosis for plant breeding. I have significant experience in risk-assessment and regulatory aspects of biotechnology. I have held two Defra licences for non-commercial, field trials of GM wheat in the UK. I am an Honorary Professor in the School of Biosciences, Nottingham University and vice-chair of the GMO panel, European Food Safety Authority



Breeding methodologies; plant tissue culture and biotechnology; plant functional genomics.


Technical Note on the quality of DNA sequencing for the molecular characterisation of genetically modified plantsJosep, C., Fabien, N., Hanspeter, N., Nicholas, B. A., Adinda, D. S., Antoni, G. M., Philippe, G., Barbara, M., Antoine, M., Ebbesen, N. E., Christophe, R., Nils, R., Jeremy, S., Christoph, T., Francesco, V., Jean-Michel, W., Simon, M., Korbinian, S., Silvia, F., Matthew, R., Nikoletta, P. & Huw, J. 2018 In : EFSA Journal.16, 7, p. e05345
A Welcome Proposal to Amend the GMO Legislation of the EUEriksson, D., Harwood, W., Hofvander, P., Jones, H., Rogowsky, P., Stöger , E. & Visser, R. G. F. 2018 In : Trends in Biotechnology.
Smart gene edits need tailored regulationsJones, H. 2018 In : Journal of Cereal Science.77, p. A1-A2
Potential impact of genome editing in world agricultureMartinez-Fortun, J., Phillips, D. & Jones, H. 2017 In : Emerging Topics in Life Sciences.1, 2, p. 117-13316 p., 2
Increased SBPase activity improves photosynthesis and grain yield in wheat grown in greenhouse conditionsDriever, S. M., Simkin, A. J., Alotaibi, S., Fisk, S. J., Madgwick, P. J., Sparks, C. A., Jones, H., Lawson, T., Parry, M. A. J. & Raines, C. A. 2017 In : Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences.372, 1730, 21 p., 0384
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