Given the imminent food crisis that humans will face in the next 50 years, crop yield enhancement is of paramount importance. Among all foods of plant origin, the Poaceae family, with members such as rice, wheat, maize, sorghum, barley, oat, rye and millet, occupies a preeminent place in feeding humans, not only as a direct source of carbohydrates but also as an increasing part of farm animal diets. We're interested in improving yield by controlling genes with a direct positive effect on yield. Some of the yield-enhancing genes have been characterised in rice but they can be applied to other grain crops.

Location: St Lucia

Expected outcomes: proficiency in molecular biology, genetic engineering and molecular genetics. Experience in the production and analysis of genetically modified plants

Supervisors: Professor Jimmy Botella

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