Dr Kerrie Farrar PhD
- Email: email@example.com
- Office: IBERS Gogerddan
- Phone: +44 (0) 1970 823097
- Personal Website: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/kerrie-farrar/27/620/372
I graduated in 1996 with a Plant Sciences degree from the University of Edinburgh. I obtained a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from the University of Durham and spent three years (2000-2003) as a postdoc at Aberystwyth University. I have worked at IGER/IBERS since January 2004 as a postdoc (2004-2007) and started as a BBSRC Institute Career Path Fellow here on July 1st (2007-2013) and most recently as research group leader for Energy Crop Biology (2011-present).
Research in my lab aims to understand both plant development and plant-microbe interactions, with a focus on the energy grass Miscanthus. Miscanthus is a tall C4 grass from South East Asia which grows to a height of several metres even in temperate climates. Increasing biomass yield is essential in order to replace petroleum-based energy, liquid transport fuels, and bulk chemicals.
I participated in the first UKERC/NESTA Carbon Crucible programme, and subsequently the establishment of the THE award winning Welsh Crucible. I have a personal interest in promoting diversity among the research community, and have been appointed an Aberystwyth University Equalities Champion.
I co-organise the BioEnergy Grass Genomics workshop at the annual Plant and Animal Genome Conference.
Research in the Farrar lab focuses on increasing biomass yield in energy crops in order to replace fossil fuel usage, sequester atmospheric carbon, & ultimately contribute to climate change mitigation. In order to achieve this, there are two main research areas: Plant developmental biology & genetics and Plant-soil-microbe interactions.
- Energy crops
- Perennial grasses
- Bacterial endophytes
- [Plant developmental biology & genomics projects]
- Plant-soil-microbe interactions projects
Sarah Hawkins (Lab Manager), Gareth Raynes ('Endophytic bacteria: co-existence and chemical warfare', BBSRC iCASE studentship), Rebecca Entwistle (‘Targeting extremophilic bacterial endosymbionts for plant growth promotion and phytoremediation applications’, IBERS PhD studentship), TBA (Dissecting perenniality – molecular & physiological factors regulating rhizome formation and function, BBSRC/IBERS PhD students: https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/ibers/staff/kkf/plant-developmental-biology-&-genomics-projects/ "Home ? www.aber.ac.uk ? Home ? IBERS ? Staff ? Farrar, Dr Kerrie ? Plant developmental biology & genomics projects "
Genetic relationships between spring emergence, canopy phenology and biomass yield increase the accuracy of genomic prediction in Miscanthus. Journal of Experimental Botany 10.1093/jxb/erx3392017.
Partitioning of ecosystem respiration of CO2 released during land-use transition from temperate agricultural grassland to Miscanthus x giganteus: Ecosystem respiration under Miscanthus. GCB Bioenergy 9 (4) GCB-B-OR-16-031 pp. 710-724. 10.1111/gcbb.12380 Cadair2017.
An interyear comparison of CO2 flux and carbon budget at a commercial-scale land-use transition from semi-improved grassland to Miscanthus x giganteus. GCB Bioenergy 9 (1) pp. 229-245. 10.1111/gcbb.12323 Cadair2017.
Selection and Genome-Wide Prediction of Phenology and Biomass Yield in Miscanthus. Plant and Animal Genome Conference XXIV. Cadair2016.
Genome-wide association studies and prediction of 17 traits related to phenology, biomass and cell wall composition in the energy grass Miscanthus sinensis. New Phytologist 201 (4) pp. 1227-1239. 10.1111/nph.12621 Cadair2014.
Recent advances in Miscanthus science and breeding. International Bioenergy Conference 2014. Cadair2014.
Production factors controlling the physical characteristics of biochar derived from phytoremediated willow for agricultural applications. Bioenergy Research 7 (1) pp. 371-380. 10.1007/s12155-013-9380-x Cadair2013.
Flowering induction in the bioenergy grass Miscanthus sacchariflorus is a quantitative short-day response, whilst delayed flowering under long days increases biomass accumulation. Journal of Experimental Biology 64 (2) pp. 541-552. 10.1093/jxb/ers346 Cadair2013.
Variation in canopy duration in the perennial biofuel crop Miscanthus reveals complex associations with yield: Canopy duration and yield in Miscanthus. Journal of Experimental Biology 64 (8) pp. 2373-2383. 10.1093/jxb/ert104 Cadair2013.
Accelerating the domestication of a bioenergy crop: identifying and modelling morphological targets for sustainable yield increase in Miscanthus. Journal of Experimental Botany 64 (14) pp. 4143-4155. 10.1093/jxb/ert225 Cadair2013.
High resolution genetic mapping by genome sequencing reveals genome duplication and tetraploid genetic structure of the diploid Miscanthus sinensis. PLoS One 7 (3) e33821 10.1371/journal.pone.0033821 Cadair2012.
Breeding for Bio-ethanol Production in Lolium perenne L.: Association of Allelic Variation with High Water-Soluble Carbohydrate Content. Bioenergy Research 5 (1) pp. 149-157. 10.1007/s12155-011-9156-0 Cadair2012.
Applying next generation sequencing towards understanding microbial-plant interactions. Plant Molecular Biology, Gordon Conference. Cadair2012.
Impact of photoperiod and ambient temperature on days to flowering in Miscanthus species. 2010 Society of Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting. Cadair2011.
Harnessing natural variation in phenotypic and chemotypic traits in Miscanthus for breeding improved bioenergy crops: A review of long term results from perennial energy cropping work at IBERS. Aspects of Applied Biology 112 Cadair2011.
Understanding the value of hydrothermal time on flowering in Miscanthus species. Aspects of Applied Biology 112 pp. 181-189. Cadair2011.
Yield improvement in Miscanthus. Next Generation Sequencing Workshop, Genome Centre. Cadair2010.
Effect of biochar and biochar quality on energy crop performance. BReW (Biochar Research Wales) Meeting, University of Wales, Gregynog, UK. Cadair2010.
Manipulation of plant architecture to optimise biomass yield in Miscanthus. Plant and Animal Genome XVIII Conference. Cadair2010.
Biochar production and application - ancient techniques with modern technology. 2nd UKBRC Workshop. Cadair2010.
Bioenergy research at IBERS. Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI) Conference, 'Collaborating For A Low Carbon Wales', Cardiff. Cadair2009.
Manipulation of plant architecture to optimise biomass yield in Miscanthus. International Symposium for 21st Century Biofuels. Cadair2009.
Miscanthus morphology. IBERS-Noble Symposium. Cadair2009.
Understanding and exploiting the diversity of form in Miscanthus. Talk given at the BBSRC Fellows Conference. Cadair2009.
Functional genomics of forage and bioenergy quality traits in the grasses. In (eds) Molecular Breeding of Forage Turf: Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on the Molecular Breeding of Forage Turf. 5th International Symposium on the Molecular Breeding of Forage and Turf. pp. 111-123. Cadair Other2009.
Exploiting model species to increase biomass yield in energy crops. 20th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research (IACR). Cadair2009.
Unravelling the genetic control of flowering time in the bioenergy grass Miscanthus. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology 150 (3) 2008 Society for Experimental Biology Annual Main Meeting. pp. S180-S185. 10.1016/j.cbpa.2008.04.482 Cadair2008.
Increasing biomass for bioenergy in perennial grasses. 27th EUCARPIA Symposium on Improvement of Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses. Cadair2008.
Optimising flowering time in Miscanthus for improved biomass yield and quality. GARNet/SEB Joint Plant Symposium, Vet School, Sutton Bonington Campus, University of Nottingham. Cadair2008.
Changes in SSR allele frequencies during phenotypic selection for water-soluble carbohydrate (WSC) in an experimental population of perennial ryegrass. 27th EUCARPIA Symposium on Improvement of Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses. 27th EUCARPIA Symposium on Improvement of Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses. pp. 19-23. Cadair2008.
Construction of two Lolium perenne BAC libraries and identification of BACs containing candidate genes for disease resistance and forage quality. Molecular Breeding pp. 15-23. 10.1007/s11032-006-9036-z Cadair2007.
Quality traits for bioenergy in grasses. Proceedings, 27th EUCARPIA Symposium on Improvement of Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses. 27th EUCARPIA Symposium on Improvement of Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses. pp. 46. Cadair2007.
Phenotyping and mapping quality traits for bioenergy in grasses. Plant and Animal Genome XV Conference. Cadair2007.
Identification of SNps for molecular breeding in Lolium perenne. Plant and Animal Genome XV Conference. Cadair2007.
Identification of SNPs for molecular breeding in Lolium perenne. Plant Genomics European Meeting. Cadair2006.
Patterns of Dwarf expression and brassinosteroid accumulation in tomato reveal the importance of brassinosteroid synthesis during fruit development. Plant Journal pp. 262-269. 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2005.02376.x Cadair2005.
Construction and exploitation of a bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) library for Lolium perenne (perennial ryegrass). Cadair2005.