Photograph of Dr Danny Thorogood.Dr Danny Thorogood

Principal Investigator, Plant Breeder and Geneticist


Office: Gogerddan
Phone: 01970 823176


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.

Staff Publications

Refereed Papers (Selected)

  • Klaas, M., Yang, B., Bosch, M., Thorogood, D. , Manzaneras, 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), 677-685, (A) Programme(s): 1 PYIF: 03.38 DOI - Online at:, Accession: 10060.
  • Skot, L., Sanderson, R., Thomas, A., Skot, K., Thorogood, D. , Latypova, G., Asp, T., Armstead, I. P. (2011). Allelic variation in the Lolium perenne L. (perennial ryegrass ) FLOWERING LOCUS T (LpFT3) gene is associated with changes in flowering time across a range of populations. Plant Physiology, 155, (2), 1013-1022, (A) Programme(s): (SPG.PBG) Project(s): 03131 PYIF: 06.45 DOI - Online at:, Accession: 9882.
  • Casey, N.M., Milbourne, D., Barth, S., Febrer, M., Jenkins, G., Abberton, M.T., Jones, C. and Thorogood, D. 2010. The genetic location of the self-incompatibility locus in white clover (Trifolium repens L.). Theoretical and Applied Genetics 121(3): 567-576.
  • Yang, Bicheng; Thorogood, Daniel; Armstead, Ian 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  Volume: 70   Issue: 6   Pages: 709-723   DOI: 10.1007/s11103-009-9501-2.
  • Yang, B., Thorogood, D. , Armstead, I. P., Barth, S. (2008). How far are we from unravelling self-incompatibility in grasses. New Phytologist, 178 (4), 740-753. DOI - Online at:
  • 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 L.) by quantitative trait loci analysis and comparative genomics. New Phytologist, 178 (3), 559-571. DOI - Online at:
  • Thorogood, D., Armstead, I.P., Turner, L.B., Humphreys, M.O., and Hayward, M.D. 2004. Identification and mode of action of self-fertility loci in Lolium perenne L. Heredity 94:356-363.
  • Thorogood, D., Kaiser, W.J., Jones, J.G., and Armstead, I. 2002. Self incompatibility in ryegrass 12. Genotyping and mapping the S and Z loci. Heredity 88, 385-390.

Book Chapter:

Breeding Objectives in Amenity Grasses, Author(s): Duller, Sheena; Thorogood, Daniel; Bonos, Stacy A., Book Editor(s): Boller, B; Posselt, UK; Veronesi, F, Source: Fodder Crops and Amenity Grasses  Book Series: Handbook of Plant Breeding Volume: 5, Pages: 137-160, DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-0760-8_6, Published: 2010.