Dr Catherine Howarth


Dr Catherine Howarth

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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 by marker assisted and phenotypic selection leading to improved sustainable production, disease resistance, stress tolerance and end use quality.

Research Groups

  • Plant Breeding for the Future
  • Plant Phenomics & Controlled Environment Agriculture


Canales, FJ, Montilla-Bascón, G, Bekele, WA, Howarth, C, Langdon, T, Rispail, N, Tinker, NA & Prats, E 2021, 'Population genomics of Mediterranean oat (A. sativa) reveals high genetic diversity and three loci for heading date', Theoretical and Applied Genetics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00122-021-03805-2
Isidro-Sánchez, J, Prats, E, Howarth, C, Langdon, T & Montilla-bascón, G 2020, Genomic Approaches for Climate Resilience Breeding in Oats. in C Kole (ed.), Genomic Designing of Climate-Smart Cereal Crops. Springer Nature, pp. 133-169. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93381-8_4
Mellers, G, Mackay, I, Cowan, S, Griffiths, I, Martinez-Martin, M, Poland, JA, Bekele, WA, Tinker, NA, Bentley, A & Howarth, C 2020, 'Implementing within‐cross genomic prediction to reduce oat breeding costs', The Plant Genome, vol. 13, no. 1, e20004. https://doi.org/10.1002/tpg2.20004
Galyuon, IK, Gay, A, Hash, CT, Bidinger, FR & Howarth, C 2019, 'A comparative assessment of the performance of a stay-green sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L) Moench) introgression line developed by marker-assisted selection and its parental lines', African Journal of Biotechnology, vol. 18, no. 26, 7118D0361330, pp. 548-563. https://doi.org/10.5897/AJB2019.16826
Galyuon, IKA, Gay, A, Borrell, AK & Howarth, CJ 2019, 'Physiological and biochemical basis for stay-green trait in sorghum', African Crop Science Journal, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 653, 677. https://doi.org/10.4314/acsj.v27i4.8
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