Cutting edge genomic tools to accelerate Tozer’s plant breeding programs.

May 8, 2024 12:07 pm

Earlham Institute and Tozer receive funding from Innovate UK, to collaborate on a project to accelerate plant breeding using genomic tools.

The aim is to reduce the time to breed new vegetable varieties. The project focuses on applying marker-assisted and genomic-based selection methods for traits in celery. These can then be applied to other vegetables.

The partnership aims to identify new and desirable traits, improve breeding efficiency, and enhance UK food security. The collaboration benefits from the Earlham Institute’s expertise in genomics and bioinformatics, with a focus on identifying genetic markers for traits.

Tozer anticipates implementation of these technologies will enable faster development of improved varieties. This in turn will address challenges such as climate change and disease.

The project will employ a KTP (Knowledge Transfer Partnership) associate for a 30 month contract. To apply for the position of Computational biologist for vegetable trait analysis click here.