Dr Sigrid Heuer

Dr Sigrid Heuer
Head of Pre-breeding

Research interests

Sigrid's personal research interests include:

  • Developing climate resilient crops, with an emphasis on high temperature stress and drought (wheat, rice, legumes)
  • Enhancing nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorus) use efficiency in crops to reduce fertiliser use (related to root growth, and gene and pathway dissection) 


In her role as group leader, Sigrid seeks to develop an efficient, multi-disciplinary approach to access and exploit the tremendous genetic diversity that is available within wheat and other crops, and to make this available to breeders and farmers and enhance the sustainability of our food systems.

Over the past years tremendous progress has been made in developing genetic populations of crops (especially for wheat within the BBSRC-funded Designing Future Wheat programme); an ever-increasing number of genome sequences and other molecular data are available for most crops. NIAB is set to embark on an exciting journey - discovering the many beneficial traits and underlying genes that are present in this material, and to make this available to breeding programmes.