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Joanne Russell

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Cell and Molecular Sciences
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Senior Postdoctoral Scientist
Joanne.Russell@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Invergowrie
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK

 

Current research interests

Research over the past 27 years has focused on developing genetic markers to explore and understand diversity within the extensive assembled collections of barley germplasm, including cultivars, globally distributed landraces and wild progenitors. Following technological advances our emphasis has shifted from cataloguing diversity to recognition of the genetic value of these resources for sustainable and resilient barley production. Recent research has focussed on developing novel ‘breeder-ready-to-go’ germplasm.

Diversity and association analysis in barley

Recently we have begun to explore diversity in barley at the gene level by exploiting genomics and informatics technologies via EU and Generation Challenge Program funding, collaborating with European and North American groups and colleagues at the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).

Marker development in temperate and tropical tree species

Several studies focussing on comparative genomics and the development of polymorphic markers (SNPs) for adaptive variation in economically important European tree species have been funded through EU collaborations. Research has also been carried out on tropical tree species including, Calycophyllum spruceanum, Theobroma cacoa and Cocos nucifera, as well as important indigenous fruit trees, Prunus Africana and Allanblackia species from sub-Saharan Africa. Much of this work has been in collaboration with colleagues at World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF).

Conservation and habitat fragmentation

Sequencing and developing gene-based markers in species of high conservation priority offer novel insights into biodiversity, including relating sequence diversity and biological function. Focus of this work is on biodiversity within Scotland and includes a wide-range of plant species including: sub-arctic willow scrub, which is essentially restricted to the Scottish mountains; the rare species Anastrophyllum joergensenii, a dioecious leafy liverwort restricted to cool montane high-rainfall areas; Athyrium distentifolium, a diploid out-crossing fern of montane areas; Koenigia islandica, a diminutive annual and; Scots pine along with associated ground flora. Collaborations are with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh and the Universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh.

Bibliography

  • Bayer, M.; Morris, J.; Booth, C.; Booth, A.; Uzrek, N.; Russell, J.R.; Waugh, R.; Hedley, P.E. (2019) Exome capture for variant discovery and analysis in barley., In: Harwood, W.A. (ed.). Barley: Methods and Protocols. Methods in Molecular Biology, Humana Press, New York, Volume 1900, Chapter 18, pp283-310.
  • Schmid, K.; Kilian, B.; Russell, J. (2018) Barley domestication, adaptation and population genomics., In: Stein, N. & Muehlbauer, G. (eds.). The Barley Genome, Compendium of Plant Genomes. Springer, Cham, Switzerland, Chapter 17, 317-336.
  • Waugh, R.; Thomas, W. T. B.; Flavell, A. J.; Ramsay, L.; Comadran, J.; Russell, J. R. (2014) Genome wide association scans (GWAS), In: Kumlehn, J. and Stein, N. (eds.) Biotechnological Approaches to Barley Improvement, Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry, 69. Berlin: Springer, pp. 345-365
  • Waugh, R.; Flavell, A.J.; Russell, J.R.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Ramsay, L.; Comadran, J. (2014) Exploiting barley genetic resources for Genome Wide Association Scans (GWAS)., Tuberosa, R., Graner, A. & Frison, E. (eds.). Genomics of Plant Genetic Resources. Volume 1. Managing, Sequencing and Mining Genetic Resources. Springer, The Netherlands, Chapter 10, pp237-254.
  • Newton, A.C.; Akar, T.; Baresel, J.P.; Bebeli, P.J.; Bettencourt, E.; Bladenopoulos, K.V.; Czembor, J.H.; Fasoula, D.A.; Katsiotis, A.; Koutis, K.; Koutsika-Sotiriou, M.; Kovacs, G.; Larsson, H.; Pinheiro de Carvalho, M.A.A.; Rubiales, D.; Russell, J.R.; dos Santos, T.M.; Vaz Patto, M.C. (2011) Cereal landraces for sustainable agriculture., In: Lichtfouse, E., Hamelin, M., Navarrete, M. & Debaeke, P. (eds.). Sustainable Agriculture, Volume 2, Springer, Netherlands, 147-186.
  • Powell, W.; Waugh, R.; Bradshaw, J.E.; Russell, J.R.; Ramsay, L. (2006) Introduction to classical genetics and plant breeding., In: Christou, P. & Klee, H. (eds.). Handbook of Plant Biotechnology. 2nd ed. John Wiley and Sons Ltd, Chichester, pp3-29.
  • Provan, J.; Russell, J.R.; Wilson, N.J.; McNicol, J.W.; Morgante, M.; Powell, W. (1999) The use of uniparentally inherited simple sequence repeat markers in plant population studies and systematics.., In: Hollingsworth, P.M., Bateman, R.M. & Gornall, R.J. (eds). Molecular Systematics and Plant Evolution. Taylor & Francis. London, pp35-50.
  • Russell, J.R.; Hosein, F.; Johnson, E.; Forster, B.P.; Powell, W.; Waugh, R. (1998) The use of randomly amplified polymorphic DNA to discriminate between closely related Theobroma cacao genotypes., In: Naqvi, S.S.M. (ed.). New Genetical Approaches to Crop Improvement. Atomic Energy Research Centre. Tambo Jam 70060, Pakistan, 579-584.
  • Waugh, R.; Russell, J.R. (1998) Screening for useful variation: RAPD markers., In: Karp, A. & Issaci, P.G. (eds.). Molecular tools for screening Biodiversity: Plants and Animals. Springer, The Netherlands, Chapter 23, pp459-463.
  • Thomas, W.T.B.; Russell, J.R.; Bonar, N.; Booth, A.; Fuller, J.D.; Lawrence, P.; Macaulay, M.; Ramsay, L.; Waugh, R.; Powell, W. (1997) Simple sequence repeats SSRs and QTL mapping in barley crosses.., In: H. Buerstmayer & P. Ruckenbauer (eds.). Application of Marker Aided Selection in Cereal Breeding Programs. Eucarpia Section Cereals Meeting. Tulln, Austria, 28-29.
  • Russell, J.R.; Milbourne, D.; Waugh, R. (1997) Comparison of PCR marker systems to examine genetic diversity., In: Karp, A., Isaac, P.G. & Ingram, D.S. (eds.). Molecular Tools for Screening Biodiversity: Plants and Animals. Chapman and Hall.
  • Russell, J.R.; Hosein, F.; Johnson, E.; Van der Ven, W.T.G.; Waugh, R.; Powell, W. (1995) The use of RAPD markers to genetically differentiate between cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.) populations., In: Baradat, A.M.S., Adams, W.T., Muller-Stack, G. (eds.). Population Genetics and Conservation of Forest Trees. Kugler Publications, pp135-138.
  • Russell, J.R.; Hosein, F.; Johnson, E.; Forster, B.P.; Powell, W.; Waugh, R. (1992) The use of randomly amplified polymorphic DNA markers to discriminate between closely related Theobroma cacao genotypes., In: Siddiqui, K.A. (ed.). New Vistas in Plant Genetics. Atomic Energy Agricultural Research Centre.

  • Russell, J.R.; Dawson, I.K.; Booth, A.; Flavell, A.J.; Steffenson, B.J.; Weltzien, E.; Ceccarelli, S.; Waugh, R. (2010) Relationship between genetic distances and geographic distances among populations of barley landraces., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2009, pp20-21.
  • Brennan, R.M.; Jones, H.G.; Russell, J.R.; Hedley, P.E.; Jorgensen, L.; Hackett, C.A.; Gordon, S. (2010) Dormancy in blackcurrant and the potential effects of future climatic conditions., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2009, pp10-11.
  • Comadran, J.; Romagosa, I.; van Eeuwijk, F.A.; Hackett, C.A.; Russell, J.R.; Thomas, W.T.B. (2008) Drought tolerance in Mediterranean barley: an association genetics approach., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2007, 14-15.
  • Macaulay, M.; Russell, J.R.; Ramsay, L.; Marshall, D.F.; Powell, W.; Waugh, R.; Thomas, W.T.B. (2004) Lessons from barley recommended lists., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2003/2004, pp144-145.
  • Russell, J.R.; Meyer, R.C.; Hackett, C.A.; Lawrence, P.; Young, G.R.; Forster, B.P.; Powell, W. (2003) Diversity of wild barley in 'Evolution Canyon'., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2002/2003, p115.
  • Ramsay, L.; Caldwell, K.; Russell, J.R.; Macaulay, M.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Powell, W.; Waugh, R. (2003) Linkage disequilibrium in barley., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2002/2003, p114.
  • Thomas, W.T.B.; Waugh, R.; Ramsay, L.; Russell, J.R.; Powell, W.; Meyer, R.C.; Young, G.R.; Lawrence, P.E.; Booth, A.; Swanston, J.S.; Newton, A.C. (2002) Molecular markers for agriculturally important traits in barley., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2001/2002, 162-164.
  • Ellis, R.P.; Ferguson, E.; Swanston, J.S.; Forrest, J.; Fuller, J.D.; Lawrence, P.E.; Powell, W.; Russell, J.R.; Tester, R.F.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Young, G.R. (1999) Use of DNA marker-based assays to define and select malting characteristics in barley., Home-Grown Cereals Authority Report, 183.
  • Squire, G.R.; Augustin, N.; Bown, J.; Crawford, J.C.; Dunlop, G.; Graham, J.; Hillman, J.R.; Marshall, B.; Marshall, D.F.; Ramsay, G.; Robinson, D.J.; Russell, J.R.; Thompson, C.; Wright, G.M. (1999) Gene flow in the environment: genetic pollution?, Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 1998/99, pp45-54.
  • Ellis, R.P.; Russell, J.R.; Ramsay, L.; Waugh, R.; Powell, W. (1999) Barley domestication - Hordeum spontaneum, a source of new genes for crop improvement., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 1998/99, 97-100.
  • Macaulay, M.; Provan, J.; Russell, J.R.; Fuller, J.D.; Dewar, H.; Milbourne, D.; Meyer, R.; Collins, A.; White, G.; Powell, W.; Waugh, R. (1996) Isolation, characterisation and use of SSRs as genetic markers., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 1995, pp54-55.
  • Powell, W.; Bonar, N.; Baird, E.; Russell, J.R.; Waugh, R (1995) Molecular marker techniques for barley genome analysis and breeding., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute, 57-58.

  • Schmidt, S. B.; Brown, L. K.; Booth, A.; Wishart, J.; Hedley, P. E.; Martin, P.; Husted, S.; Russell, J.; George, T. S. (2020) Identifying genes and traits for tolerance to marginal soils in ancient barley landraces, Monogram Meeting, 28-30 April 2020, Dundee
  • Brown, L.K.; Russell, J.R.; Robertson-Albertyn, S.; Bulgarelli, D.; Ramsay, L.; White, P.J.; George, T.S. (2018) Understanding the rhizosheath: opportunities for manipulating the soil root interface., 10th Symposium of the International society of Root Research Conference, (ISRR10), Yearn Hotel, Israel, 8-12 July 2018.
  • George, T.S.; Brown, L.K.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Ramsay, L.; Bengough, G.; Leiser, W.; Russell, J.R.; Hallett, P.D.; White, P.J. (2015) Understanding the biophysical formation and genetic control of the rhizosheath., ISRR R-9 Roots Down Under: Belowground Solutions to Global Challenges, 9th Symposium for the International Society of Root Research, Canberra, Australia, 6-9 October 2015.
  • George, T.S., Brown, L.K.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Ramsay, L.; Bengough, G.; Leiser, W.; Russell, J.R.; Hallett, P.D., White, P.J. (2015) Understanding the biophysical formation and genetic control of the rhizosheath., Rhizosphere 4, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 21-25 June 2015.
  • Mwafulirwa, L.; Baggs, E.M.; Russell, J.; Morley, N.; Paterson, E. (2015) Respective impacts of root tissue recalcitrance and carbon deposition on soil processes., British Society of Soil Science Early Career Researchers Conference, University of York, 7-8 April 2015.
  • George, T.S.; Brown, L.K.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Ramsay, L.; Bengough, G.; Russell, J.; White, P.J. (2014) Understanding the genetic control of rhizosheath formation and impacts of multiple stress on phosphorus acquisition., Phosphorus in Soils and Plants, 5th International Symposium, 4th Sustainable Phosphorus Summit, Montpellier, France, 26 August to 3 September 2014.
  • George, T.S.; Brown, L.K.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Ramsay, L.; Russell, J.; White, P.J. (2013) Understanding the genetic control of rhizosheath formation and impacts of multiple tress on phosphorus acquisition., In: XVII International Plant Nutrition Colloquium and Boron Satellite Meeting, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, 19-22 August 2013. Proceedings, pp225-226.
  • George, T.S.; Brown, L.K.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Ramsay, L.; Russell, J.; White, P.J. (2013) Understanding the genetic control of rhizosheath formation and impacts of multiple stress on phosphorus acquisition., XVII International Plant Nutrition Colloquium and Boron Satellite Meeting, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, 19-22 August 2013.
  • Brennan, R.; Russell, J.; Jorgensen, L.; Abreu, I.; Gordon, S.; Jarret, D.; Hackett, C. (2012) Improving breeding efficiency in blackcurrant - the application of new selection techniques in ribes., In: Tanovic, B. (ed.). Proceedings of the Xth International Rubes and Ribes Symposium. Acta Horticulturae, 946, 157-160.
  • de la Fuento Canto, C.; George, T.S.; Russell, J.; Waugh, R. (2012) Genetics and functions of root architectural traits under drought stress in wild barley., BSSS Rhizosphere Interactions Meeting, Dundee, 18 March 2013.
  • Graham, J.; Woodhead, M.; Smith, K.; Marshall, B.; Ramsay, G.; Russell, J.R.; Squire, G.R. (2011) Declines in wild raspberry populations may limit the genetic resources of future raspberry breeding., Berry Garden Conference.
  • Brennan, R.M.; Russell, J.R.; Jorgensen, L.; Abreu, I.N.; Jarret, D.; Gordon, S.; Hackett, C.A. (2011) Improving breeding efficiency in blackcurrant - the application of new selection techniques in Ribes., Acta Horticulturae, 946, 157-160.
  • Bayer, M.M.; Russell, J.R.; Milne, L.; Hedley, P.E.; Marshall, D.F. (2010) SNP discovery in barley Illumina data using Mosaik, GigaBayes and Tablet., 2nd Workshop of COST StatSeq Action (TD0801), Ghent, Belgium, 20-21 May 2010.
  • Barral Baron, G.; Booth, A.; Ramsay, L.; Russell, J.R.; Waugh, R.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Werner, P. (2010) Dissecting nitrogen use efficiency of cereals using an association genetics approach., Association of Applied Biologists - Water and Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Plants and Crops, Olde Barn Hotel, Marston, Lincs, UK 15-16 December 2010.
  • Russell, J.R.; Moragues, M.; Dawson, I.K.; Waugh, R.; Marshall, D.F.; Milne, I.; Grando, S.; Tondelli, A.; Cattivelli, L.; Hubner, S.; Fridman, E.; Flavell, A.J. (2009) Genetic diversity analysis of wild and landrace barleys using the BODA1 Illumina genotyping platform., 19th International Triticeae Mapping Initiative - 3rd COST Tritigen Workshop, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 31 August - 4 September 2009 (Talk).
  • Dawson, I.K.; Weber, J.C.; Russell, J.R.; Lengkeek, A.; Kalinganire, A.; Kindt, R.; Jamnadass, R. (2009) Climate change and tree genetic resources: Maintaining the productivity of agroforestry landscapes in the tropics., 2nd World Congress of Agroforestry, Nairobi, Kenya, 23-28 August 2009.
  • Russell, J.R.; Waugh, R.; Marshall, D.F.; Hayes, P.; Matus, I.; Del Pozo, A.; Close, T.J.; Baum, M.; Grando, S.; Ceccarelli, S. (2009) Genomic dissection of tolerance to drought stress in wild barley., Annual Research Meeting of Generation Challenge Program (CGIAR), Bamako, Mali, 20-23 September 2009 (Talk).
  • Waugh, R.; Marshall, D.F.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Comadran, J.; Russell, J.R.; Close, T.; Stein, N.; Hayes, P.; Muehlbauer, G.; Cockram, J.; O'Sullivan, D.; Mackay, I.; Flavell, A.J.; Ramsay, L. (2009) Whole-genome association mapping in elite inbred crop varieties., OECD Genome Association, Perth, Australia, 9-12 November 2009 (Invited plenary).
  • Waugh, R.; Ramsay, L.; Comadran, J.; Marshall, D.F.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Russell, J.R.; Close, T.; Stein, N.; Hayes, P.; Muehlbauer, G.J.; Cockram, J.; O'Sullivan, D.; Mackay, I.; Flavell, A.J. (2009) Whole-genome scans in elite barley germplasm as a strategy for gene isolation., 19th International Triticeae Mapping Initiative - 3rd COST Tritigen Workshop, Clermont-Ferrand, France, 31 August - 4 September 2009 (Talk).
  • Waugh, R.; Marshall, D.F.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Comadran, J.; Russell, J.R.; Close, T.; Stein, N.; Hayes, P.; Muehlbauer, G.; Cockram, J.; O'Sullivan, D.; Mackay, I.; Ramsay, L. (2009) Whole-genome association mapping in elite inbred crop varieties as a platform for gene discovery., ACPFG Genomics Symposium: The Genomics of Salinity, Adelaide, Australia, 16-18 November 2009 (Invited plenary).
  • Brennan, R.M.; Stewart, D.; Russell, J.R. (2008) Developments and progress in Ribes breeding., 9th International Rubus and Ribes Symposium. Pucon, Chile, 30 November - 7 December 2007. Acta Horticulturae, 777, 49-56.
  • Waugh, R.; Marshall, D.F.; Druka, A.; Comadran, J.; Russell, J.R.; Chen, X.W.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Close, T.J.; Stein, N.; Ramsay, L. (2008) Genomic dissection of phenotypic variation in barley., BSPP Cereal Pathosystems Conference 2008, Queen Mary, University of London, 16-17 December 2008, p63.
  • Cook, N.; Karley, A.J.; Russell, J.R.; Hubbard, S.F. (2008) Population genetics of farmland sawflies., Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, Reno, NV, USA, 16-19 November 2008.
  • Russell, J.R.; Baum, M.; Ceccarelli, S.; Close, T.M.; Grando, S.; Hayes, P.M.; Matus, I.; Marshall, D.F.; Del Poza, A.; von Korff Schmising, M.; Waugh, R. (2008) Genomic dissection of tolerance to drought stress in wild barley., 10th International Barley Genetics Symposium, Alexandria, Egypt, 5-10 April 2008.
  • Moragues, M.; Russell, J.R.; Ceccarelli, S.; Grando, S.; Baum, M.; Macaulay, M.; Booth, A.; Waugh, R.; Ramsay, L.; Comadran, J.; Close, T.J.; de Young, J.; Flavell, A.J. (2008) High throughput SNP-based marker analysis of landrace barley., 10th International Barley Genetics Symposium, Alexandria, Egypt, 5-10 April 2008.
  • Pswarayi, A.; Comadran, J.; Molina-Cano, J.; Russell, J.R.; van Eeuwijk, F.A.; Ceccarelli, S.; Grando, S.; Stanca, A.M.; Francia, E.; Pecchioni, N.; Akar, T.; Al-Yassin, A.; Benbelkacem, A.; Choumane, W.; Karrou, M.; Ouabbou, H.; Bort, J.; Araus, J.L.; Hackett, C.A.; Thomas, W.T.B. (2007) Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) adaptation and improvement in the Mediterranean basin., Eucarpia Plant Breeding for Organic and Sustainable Low-input Agriculture: Dealing with Genotype-Environment Interactions, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 7-9 November 2007.
  • Russell, J.R.; Hochschartner, G.; Abbott, R.; Brown, J.W.S. (2007) Small nucleolar RNA gene clusters - a new potential system for bar-coding in plants., DNA Barcoding in Europe, Leiden, The Netherlands, 3-5 October 2007.
  • Russell, J.R.; Baum, M.; Ceccarelli, S.; Close, T.M.; Grando, S.; Hayes, P.; Matus, I.; Marshall, D.F.; Del Poza, A.; von Korff Schmising, M.; Waugh, R. (2007) Genomic dissection of tolerance to drought stress in wild barley., Generation Challenge Programme Annual Research Meeting, South Africa, 12-16 September 2007.
  • Swanston, J.S.; Russell, J.R.; Perez-Vendrell, A.M.; Moralejo, M.A.; Elia, M.; Molina-Cano, J. (2006) Efficient selection of b-glucan content enhances wider utilisation of barley grain., EUCARPIA Cereals Meeting, Lleida, Spain, 14-17 November 2006
  • Hein, I.; Williamson, S.; Russell, J.R.; Graham, J.; Brennan, R.M.; Powell, W. (2004) Development of genomic resources for red raspberry: BAC library construction, analysis and screening., Plant and Animal Genome Conference (PAG) XII Proceedings, San Diego, California, 10-12 January 2004, 109.

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