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Dr Ben Trevaskis

Research Group Leader


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Ben leads the Crop Datascience group in Agriculture and Food. This group focusses on using data-driven methods to understand crop biology, including the application of genomics and phenomics together with the development of new analytical approaches. As a researcher, Ben is interested in the genetic pathways that control the seasonal flowering-behaviours of crops. The main focus has been genes that control flowering of wheat, particularly the vernalization response, whereby the prolonged cold of winter triggers spring flowering. This topic is important to agriculture because understanding how genetic variation influences flowering can help plant breeders adapt future crop varieties to target growing conditions. Of particular importance is resolving gene-environment interactions to understand and predict the flowering behaviour of diverse crop varieties at a range of locations.


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