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Joanne Russell

Staff picture: Joanne Russell
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 15 years has focussed on the use of molecular markers to address a wide range of genetic and biological issues in a range of plant species, including conservation, habitat fragmentation, comparative genome analysis and mapping studies.

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.; 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.

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