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Toby Barber

Toby Barber

BBSRC DTP iCASE PhD student (Agriculture and Food Security theme)

Office Phone: 01223 342200

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Plant Biology and Food Security:

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Department of Plant Sciences:

Research Interests

Wheat is one of the most important crops worldwide, in terms of both nutritional and economic value. The global population is set to rise dramatically in the next 30 years reaching over 9.5 billion, food production will have to increase in order avoid a Malthusian catastrophe.

Toby is a PhD student working a series of nested mapping populations and derivatives from the NIAB Elite MAGIC population he is assessing, in field trials, a number of agronomically significant target traits in key European wheat environments, with a focus on yield components and nitrogen-use-efficiency. The generated phenotypic data will be coupled with molecular and genetic analysis using next-generation sequencing.

Toby will also develop and validate algorithms for GS to test extension of trait prediction into larger, more complex experimental populations of relevance to UK wheat to create a platform for scaling this project‘s impact for the future of wheat improvement.

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