Dr Catherine Howarth
Phone: 01970 823107
Using a combination of DNA markers and trait analysis to elucidate the genetic and physiological basis of agronomically important traits and their introgression to cultivated cereals. Aims include genetic improvement of oats and pearl millet by marker assisted selection leading to improved sustainable production, disease resistance, stress tolerance and end use quality.
A Consensus Map in Cultivated Hexaploid Oat Reveals Conserved Grass Synteny with Substantial Subgenome Rearrangement. The Plant Genome 0102 10.3835/plantgenome2015.10.01022016.
Genetic diversity of stay-green sorghums and their derivatives revealed by microsatellites. African Journal of Biotechology2016. (In press)
Population Genomics Related to Adaptation in Elite Oat Germplasm. The Plant Genome 0103 10.3835/plantgenome2015.10.01032016.
Genome-wide association study for crown rust (Puccinia coronata f. sp. avenae) and powdery mildew (Blumeria graminis f. sp. avenae) resistance in an oat (Avena sativa) collection of commercial varieties and landraces. Frontiers in Plant Science 6 103 10.3389/fpls.2015.001032015.
Crops that feed the world 9. Oats- a cereal crop for human and livestock feed with industrial applications. Food Security 5 (1) pp. 13-33. 10.1007/s12571-012-0232-x2013.
Developing and Using Genetic and Genomic Resources in Pearl Millet for Enhanced Traits Dissection and Breeding. Plant and Animal Genome XXI, San Diego, California, United States of America, 12/01/2013 - 16/01/2013. Other2013.
Genetic Diversity and Population Structure Among Oat Cultivars and Landraces. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter 31 (6) pp. 1305-1314. 10.1007/s11105-013-0598-82013.
SNP Discovery and Chromosome Anchoring Provide the First Physically-Anchored Hexaploid Oat Map and Reveal Synteny with Model Species. PLoS One 8 (3) e58068 10.1371/journal.pone.00580682013.
Successful Marker-Assisted Selectionfor Disease Resistance and drought Tolerance in Pearl Millet in India. In J. Ruane, J. Dargie, C. Mba, P. Boettcher, H. Makkar, D. Bartley, A. Sonnino (eds), Biotechnologies at Work for Smallholders: Case Studies from Developing Countries in Crops, Livestock and Fish. Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome pp. 18-26.2013.
EPPN: High throughput plant phenotyping facilities at Aberystwyth. EPPN Workshop, Warsaw, Poland, 11/05/2012 - 12/05/2012.2012.
Exploring synteny of candidate genes underpinning a major pearl millet drought tolerance QTL across sorghum, rice and the perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.). UK Plant Science Conference, Norwich, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 18/04/2012 - 19/04/2012.2012.
Genetic analysis of β-glucan content in diploid and hexaploid oat. 9th International Oat Conference. 9th International Oat Conference, Beijing, China, 18/06/2012 - 23/06/2012.2012.
QTL associated with powdery mildew resistance in Avena sativa. Ninth International Oat Conference.2012.
Using genetic and genomic resources in breeding improved pearl millet cultivars that are resistant to biotic and abiotic stresses and have improved nutritional quality. Crop Genomics and Crop Improvement Conference, Norwich, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 05/12/2012 - 06/12/2012.2012.
Development of high throughput plant phenotyping facilities at Aberystwyth. Phenomics Workshop. Plant and Animal Genome XIX Conference , San Diego, United States of America, 09/01/2011 - 13/01/2011.2011.
Harnessing new technologies for sustainable oat production and utilisation. HGCA Research and Development Annual Project Report 2011, RD-2008-3566 Home-Grown Cereals Authority Other2011.
Genetics and genomics resources for enhancing conventional breeding in pearl millet. 2nd National Workshop on Marker-Assisted Selection for Crop Improvement, Patancheru, India, 27/10/2010 - 29/10/2010.2010.
Nitrogen use efficiency in winter oats (Avena sativa). Monogram Network Workshop, Kings Centre, Norwich, Norwich, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 01/03/2010 - 04/03/2010.2010.
Dissecting the yield components in oats. 2009 Plant Science Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 22/01/2009 - 23/01/2009.2009.
The incorporation of important traits underlying sustainable development of the oat crop through combining 'conventional' phenotypic selection with molecular marker technologies (OatLINK). HGCA Final Report on project RD-2004-2957 Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University Other Other2009.
A review of the health benefits of oats. Final Report SEERAD Commission No SCR/917/06 Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department2008.
Development of genic-microsatellite markers for sorghum staygreen QTL using a comparative genomic approach with rice. TAG Theoretical and Applied Genetics 117 (2) pp. 283-296. 10.1007/s00122-008-0773-8 Other2008.
Development of markers associated with traits of agronomic importance in winter oats. Oat Workshop. Plant and Animal Genome XIX Conference , San Diego, United States of America, 09/01/2011 - 13/01/2011.2008.
Dissecting the components of yield in oats.2008.
Dissecting the components of yield in winter oats: genetic diversity of 16 oat lines. International Conference on Molecular Mapping and Marker Assisted Selection, Vienna, Austria, 03/02/2008 - 06/02/2008.2008.
Genetic improvement of growth and survival at high temperature. In M. Ashraf, P. Harris (eds), Abiotic Stresses: Plant Resistance through breeding and molecular appraoches. Taylor & Francis pp. 277-300. Cadair2008.
Identification of markers associated with traits of agronomic importance in winter oats. 8th International Oat Conference, 'Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives', Radisson Plaza Hotel, Minneapolis, United States of America, 28/06/2008 - 02/07/2008.2008.
Introgression of traits from wild ancestors into cultivated oat. Plant and Animal Genome XVI Conference, San Diego, United States of America, 12/01/2008 - 16/01/2008. pp. W47.2008.
Molecular and cytogenetic study of mobile elements as genome-specific sequences in Avena species. 2008 Plant Science Wales, Cardiff, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 01/01/2008 - 01/01/2008.2008.
OATLINK Report. Annual OATLINK Report for DEFRA SAL LINK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs2008.
The use of genetic mapping to access and understand valuable traits in wild relatives of the cultivated oat. 5th UK Cereal Genetics & Genomics Workshop, The Annual Small Grain Cereals Workshop, Rothamsted, , 16/04/2008 - 18/04/2008.2008.
The use of genetic mapping to access valuable traits in wild oats. 8th International Oat Conference, 'Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives', Radisson Plaza Hotel, Minneapolis, United States of America, 28/06/2008 - 02/07/2008.2008.
Genetic analysis of the response to high temperature and drought in pearl millet. Plant and Animal Genome XV Conference, San Diego, California, United States of America, 13/01/2007 - 17/01/2007. pp. P15.2007.
Independent validation of pearl millet Lg2 terminal drought tolerance QTL. Plant and Animal Genome XV Conference, San Diego, California, United States of America, 13/01/2007 - 17/01/2007. pp. P377.2007.
Replicated success in marker-assisted backcrossing of a major drought tolerance QTL in pearl millet. Plant and Animal Genome XV Conference, San Diego, California, United States of America, 13/01/2007 - 17/01/2007. pp. P372.2007.
Development of markers for oil and other traits of agronomic importance in oats. 3rd UK Cereal Genetics and Genomics Workshop, Norwich, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 06/04/2006 - 07/04/2006.2006.
Successful marker-assisted breeding to improve pearl millet from lab to farmers' field. 3rd UK Cereal Genetics and Genomics Workshop, Norwich, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 06/04/2006 - 07/04/2006.2006.
Teamwork delivers biotechnology products to Indian small-holder crop-livestock producers: Pearl millet hybrid “HHB 67 Improved” enters seed delivery pipeline. SAT Agricultural Research 2 (1) Other2006.
Field evaluation of drought tolerance QTL effects on phenotype and adaptation in pearl millet [Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.] topcross hybrids. Field Crops Research 94 (1) pp. 14-32. 10.1016/j.fcr.2004.11.006 Cadair2005.
Genetic diversity in Avena species and in spring and winter cultivated oats. Genetic Diversity, Cambridge, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 01/12/2005 - 02/12/2005.2005.
Genetic diversity in spring and winter oat varieties from the 1920s to the present day. 2005 Society for Experimental Botany, Annual Main Meeting, Barcelona, Spain, 11/07/2005 - 15/07/2005. pp. S267.2005.
Improving pearl millet drought tolerance. International Sorghum and Millet Newsletter 42 pp. 15-17. Cadair2005.
Phylogeny of ACCase in Avena. pp. 3-5. Cadair2005.
Using molecular mapping to access and understand valuable traits in wild relatives of oats. Report of a Cereals Network, First Meeting, Armenia, Armenia, 03/07/2003 - 05/07/2003. pp. 100. Cadair Other2005.
Development and use of markers for oil in oats. pp. 53. Other2004.
Genomic regions associated with grain yield and aspects of post-flowering drought tolerance in pearl millet across stress environments and tester background. Euphytica 136 (3) pp. 265-277. 10.1023/B:EUPH.0000032711.34599.3a Cadair2004.
Impact of pearl millet molecular marker research. Research Highlight Plant Science Programme Annual Report to DFID 2002 Department for International Development Cadair2003.
Mapping and characterisation of QTLxE interactions of grain and stover yield determining traits in pearl millet. TAG Theoretical and Applied Genetics 106 (3) pp. 512-520. 10.1007/s00122-002-1081-3 Cadair Other2003.
One hundred years of progress in cereal breeding from Mendel to molecular selection - Oats. In C. Mare, P. Faccioli, A. Stanca (eds), From biodiversity to genomics: breeding strategies for small grain cereals in the third Millennium . EUCARPIA Cereal Section Meeting, Salsomaggiore, Italy, 21/11/2002 - 25/11/2002. Istituto Sperimentale per la Cerealicoltura pp. 79-82. Cadair2003.
Pearl millet genomics - an overview with respect to breeding for resistance to downy mildew. In J. Leslie (ed), Sorghum and Millets Diseases. World Agriculture University of Iowa Press pp. 243-246. 10.1002/9780470384923.ch412003.