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NEWS: Fifth and final round of applications for the Community Resource for Wheat Transformation is open until 31st May 2016

26 May 2016

 Community Resource for Wheat Transformation

Apply if you have a favourite gene, relevant to BBSRC food security targets, which you would like to have transformed into wheat, free of charge. Over-expression, RNAi and gene editing constructs accepted.
Do apply if  you are interested in CrispR/Cas9 editing, as we now have evidence of stable editing in wheat at NIAB.
There is a simple application process plus further details of the CRWT project available online at The deadline for this fifth and final round of applications is 31st May 2016.

13 April 2016 - News item

The 5th and final round of applications for the Community Resource for Wheat Transformation is open.

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 BBR fund. We have funding to transform 50 nominated genes into wheat. Half of the project capacity is reserved for scientists working with model species in order to identify new sources of genes and to encourage and support the scientists transfer their research into wheat.

As part of this project we have also assessed the transformation ability of 50 varieties of UK and northern European wheat varieties, including both spring and winter types in a comparison with the standard germplasm, Fielder. The majority of these varieties have been successful. If a germplasm with a specific end-use or disease susceptibility is necessary for your project, please include this information in your application. This will be particularly useful for wheat researchers working on disease targets.

The 5th and final round of the application process is currently open until 31st May 2016, for transformation slots later in 2016. There is an online application form and details of previously accepted genes on our website . Further details are available online, and enquiries should be directed to in the first instance.