Project: Indo-UK Centre for the improvement of Nitrogen use Efficiency in Wheat (INEW)

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Principal investigators: Professor Peter Shewry, Rothamsted Research; Dr. Karnam Venkatesh Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research (IIWBR)

Associated with: BBSRC-Newton Fund Call for Virtual Joint Centres with Brazil, China and India in Agricultural Nitrogen

Project Summary:

INEW is led by Rothamsted Research and the Indian Institute of Wheat and Barley Research and brings bring together the major UK and Indian researchers with programmes on wheat improvement to determine the genetic control of nitrogen use efficiency in wheat. These comprise scientists from five Universities and Institutes in the UK and from six in New Delhi, Haryana and the Punjab, which is the major wheat-producing area of India.

The studies will focus on comparisons of wheat lines and populations which differ in their nitrogen use efficiency. These lines will be grown in field experiments in both countries and studied in detail using a range of biochemical and molecular genetic approaches. This will lead to the identification of genes and molecular markers that can be exploited by wheat breeders globally. New strategies for improving the precision of nitrogen application will also be developed and delivered to farmers via well-established mechanisms in both countries. In addition to supporting a closely integrated research programme in the UK and India, the Centre will also provide a legacy of trained scientists, shared facilities, technologies, genetic material and datasets.

Leaflet: INEW Booklet

Link(s): http://www.rothamsted.ac.uk/news-views/indo-uk-centre-improvement-nitrogen-use-efficiency-wheat-inew