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Laura Bouvet

Laura Bouvet

BBSRC-DTP postgraduate researcher, NIAB


Biography:

Laura is a BBSRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) postgraduate researcher at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB).  As part of the DTP programme, she took on a capacity-building project within the Genetic Resources Programme at the International Wheat and Maize Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) in Mexico. 

Subject groups/Research projects

Plant Biology and Food Security:

Research Interests

Laura has a strong interest in the study of crop genetics for increased food security and plant pathology. She is currently investigating the genetic basis of yellow rust resistance in the UK wheat MAGIC population.  Yellow rust is one of the most prevalent diseases of wheat globally. Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici, the causal agent of yellow rust, has become an increasingly complex pathogen in recent years and is posing a significant challenge to the plant breeding industry. By gaining a better understanding of the underlying genetics of yellow rust resistance, it will be possible to breed for resistance and/or tolerant wheat more effectively.