24 February 2015
The Community Resource for Wheat Transformation is a resource for UK plant scientists to apply for their genes to be transformed into wheat free of charge, funded by the BBSRC’s Biological and Bioinformatic Resources fund (BBR).
Fifty novel genes will be tested during the course of this project, selected with help from an external project advisory group comprised of researchers, industry members and stakeholders, with 33 applications accepted to date. Half of the project capacity is reserved for scientists working with model species such as Arabidopsis thaliana or Brachypodium distachyon, in order to find new sources of genes and to encourage and support the scientists to test them in wheat.
Transformations will usually be carried out with Fielder germplasm, however if germplasm with a specific end-use or disease susceptibility is necessary for your project, please include this information in your application. An adjustment to the number of plants produced with the alternative germplasm may be made. This may be particularly useful for wheat researchers working on disease targets.
The fourth round of the application process is currently open until 29th May 2015 for transformation slots later in 2015. Applications are also welcomed from wheat researchers within Europe for this fourth round.