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Dr James Cockram

Programme LeaderJames Cockram

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Research Interests

Since 2013, James has worked as a Group Leader at the Genetics & Breeding Department at NIAB. His research focuses on the application of plant molecular genetics, genomics, to investigate the genetic control of yield, disease resistance and quality traits in cereal crops, with particular focus on wheat and multi-founder advanced generation inter-cross (MAGIC) populations.

Research Projects

BioLaser: establishing a high-resolution laser ablation tomography platform for UK bioimaging research Duration: Nov 2017 to April 2019. Partners: NIAB (lead), University of Cambridge. Funding: BBSRC (BB/P027458/1).

WEAB: Wheat effector assisted breeding for resistance to fungal pathogens. Short name: WEAB. Duration: 2014-2018. Partners: INRA-BIOGER/GDEC/BGPI (lead), NIAB, ACNFP, ARVALIS, PRI, Biogemma, Florimund Deprez, RAGT 2n, CETAC. Funding: FSOV.

SHWheat:A genomics-assisted synthetic hexaploid wheat gene isolation and pre-breeding platform for improved heat tolerance and sustainable production. Short name: SWHheat. Duration: 2015-2018. Partners: NIAB, Punjab Agricultural University, National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI). Funding: BBSRC (BB/L011700/1).

MAGIC Yield: Deploying MAGIC populations for rapid development of genetic markers for yield improvement in elite UK winter wheat. Short name: MAGIC Yield. Duration: 2015-2018. Partners: NIAB (lead), Bayer Crop Sciences NV, Elsoms Wheat Ltd, KWS UK Ltd, Limagrain UK Ltd, RAGT Seeds Ltd. Funding: BBSRC (BB/M008908/1), AHDB (RD2200003).

MAGIC CARPET: The wheat Diverse MAGIC platform: Community Access to Resources, Protocols and Training. Duration: 2015–2018. Partners: NIAB (lead), Oxford University. Funding: BBSRC (BB/M011666/1).

EfectaWheat: An Effector- and Genomics-Assisted Pipeline for Necrotrophic Pathogen Resistance Breeding in Wheat Short name: Duration: 2015–2018. Partners: NIAB (lead), Aarhus University, Norwegian university of Life Sciences, LfL, Curtin University. Funding: BBSRC via ERA-CAPs (BB/N00518X/1).

Exploiting natural and induced variation to increase fusarium head blight and brusone resistance in wheat. Duration: 2016-2019. Parnters: JIC (lead), NIAB, EI, Embrapa-Trigo. Funders: BBSRC (BB/N019113/1).

Photowheat: Exploiting variation in stomatal dynamics and ear photosynthesis to optimise wheat productivity. Duration: 2017-2020. Partners: Essex University (lead), NIAB, Bayer Crop Sciences NV. Funding: BBSRC (BB/N01698X/1). See also project web page.

Wheat Pangenome: A wheat pan-genomics platform for enhanced genetic dissection of agronomic traits. Duration: 2017-2020. Partners: EI (lead), NIAB, JIC. Funding: BBSRC (BB/P010741/1).   


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