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Linda Milne

Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
Bioinformatics Specialist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


Current research interests

  • Genome assembly, SNP discovery, marker/microarray design, genome annotation.
  • Development of visualization and analysis tools for sequence and genetic data.
  • Database and information management systems for Institute research projects.
  • Automated data pipelines for producing good quality, contaminant-free DNA sequences, contig assemblies and sequence annotation.

Past research

As Bioinformatics Specialist at the Institute I create databases of plant genetic data and create interactive websites to deliver that data to a world-wide audience. Much of my research involves the design and implementation of new methods of visualizing data. The online databases use custom designed mySQL databases and Perl/CGI scripts for the back-end programming and generation of images, and use a combination of CSS and JavaScript for the website design. I also develop strategies for comparing large datasets of sequences (both within and between species), and write software for automating and streamlining the processing of large quantities of sequence data.


  • Milne, I.; Shaw, P.; Milne, L.; Bayer, M.; Stephen, G.; Marshall, D.F. (2010) Visualising genetic diversity., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2009, pp21-22.
  • Ramsay, L.; Hedley, P.E.; Liu, H.; McCallum, N.; Mudie, S.; Cardle, L.; Harrower, B.E.; Machray, G.C.; Marshall, D.F.; Waugh, R. (2002) Barley transcriptome resources., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2001/2002, pp151-152.
  • Cardle, L.; Macaulay, M.; Marshall, D.F.; Milbourne, D.; Ramsay, L.; Waugh, R. (2000) SSR frequency and occurrence in plant genomes., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 1999/2000, pp108-110.

  • Mollison, E.M.B.; Barth, S.; Milbourne, D.; Milne, L.; Halpin, C.; McCabe, M.; Creevey, C.; Marshall, D.F. (2014) Genome assembly of perennial ryegrass, Lolium perenne., Agricultural Research Forum 2014, Tullamore Court Hotel, Ireland, 10-11 March 2014.
  • Cullen, D.W.; McCallum, S.; Paterson, A.; Hedley, P.E.; Simpson, C.G.; Milne L.; Graham, J. (2013) Fruit quality in red raspberry., Plant and Animal Genome XXI, San Diego, CA, USA, 12-16 January 2013.
  • McCallum, S.; Cullen, D.W.; Hedley, P.; Simpson, C.; Hancock, R.D.; Milne, L.; Hackett, C.A.; Graham J. (2013) Control of fruit quality traits in red raspberry, a review from James Hutton Institute., Fruits and Roots: A Celebration and Forward look, East Malling Research, Kent, 6-7 November 2013.
  • 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.
  • Shaw, P.; Cardle, L.; Milne, I.; Waugh, R.; Flavell, A.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Grzebyta, J.; Bayer, M.; Marshall, D.F. (2009) Germinate 2: A platform for Illumina SNP genotyping experiments and high volume phenotypic data., Plant & Animal Genome XVII, San Diego, California, 10-14 January 2009.
  • Rostoks, N.; Mudie, S.; Bonar, N.; Cardle, L.; Marshall, D.F.; Waugh, R. (2007) SNP and haplotype diversity in coding and non-coding regions of European spring and winter barley., II International Vavilov Conference Crop Genetic Resources in the 21st Century, St Petersburg, Russia, 26-30 November 2007.
  • Rostoks, N.; Mudie, S.; Bonar, N.; Cardle, L.; Marshall, D.F.; Waugh, R. (2005) Single nucleotide polymorphism discovery and mapping in barley., Plant & Animal Genome Conference (PAG) XIII, San Diego, California, 15-19 January 2005.
  • Marshall, D.F.; Shaw, P.; Cardle, L. (2005) The plant genomics database infrastructure at the Scottish Crop Research Institute., Plant & Animal Genome XII, San Diego, California, 15-19 January 2005 (Abstract).
  • Rostoks, N.; Cardle, L.; Mudie, S.; Svensson, J.T.; Walia, H.; Rodriguez, E.M.; Wanamaker, S.; Hedley, P.E.; Liu, H.; Ramsay, L.; Russell, J.R.; Close, T.J.; Marshall, D.F.; Waugh, R. (2004) Single nucleotide polymorphism mapping of the barley genes involved in abiotic stresses., Barley Genetics IX, Proceedings of 9th International Barley Genetics Symposium, Brno, Czech Republic, 20-26 June 2004.
  • Russell, J.R.; Ramsay, L.; Booth, A.; Macaulay, M.; Cardle, L.; Marshall, D.F.; Powell, W.; Waugh, R. (2004) Development of gene based molecular markers in barley., Barley Genetics IX, Proceedings of 9th International Barley Genetics Symposium, Brno, Czech Republic, 20-26 June 2004.
  • Ibrahim, A.F.M.; Hedley, P.E.; Cardle, L.; Marshall, D.F.; Waugh, R. (2004) Analysis of patterns of gene expression during barley grain development using Serial Analysis of Gene Expression (SAGE)., Barley Genetics IX, Proceedings of the 9th International Barley Genetics Symposium, Brno, Czech Republic, 20-26 June 2004.
  • Ibrahim, A.F.M.; Hedley, P.E.; Cardle, L.; Kruger, W.; Marshall, D.F.; Muehlbauer, G.J.; Waugh, R. (2004) A comparative study of sage and microarray analysis in transcript profiling in barley., Plant & Animal Genome XII, San Diego, 10-14 January 2004, 120.
  • McNicoll, J.; Tierney, I.; Milbourne, D.; Isidore, E.; McLean, K.; Williamson, S.; Cardle, L.; Purvis, A.; Waugh, R.; Bryan, G.J. (2003) Progress towards construction of a targeted physical map of a region of potato chromosome V., Plant and Animal Genome XI, San Diego, USA, 13-17January 2003.
  • Taleb, N.; Avrova, A.O.; Stewart, H.E.; Cardle, L.; Jauffeerally-Fakim, Y.; Birch, P.R.J. (2002) Unravelling the molecular mechanisms of resistance in potato to Phytophthora infestans the causal agent of late blight., BSSP Presidential Conference: Plant Pathology and Global Food Security, Imperial College, London, 8-10 July 2002.
  • Rokka, V.; Avrova, A.O.; Hein, I.; Gilroy, E.M.; Cardle, L.; Birch, P.R.J. (2002) Unravelling signalling processes in the potato R gene resistance response to Phytophthora infestans., GILB GILB'02 conference - Late Blight: Managing the Global Threat, Hamburg, Germany, 11-13 July 2002, 152.
  • Woodhead, M.; Russell, J.R.; Squirrell, J.; Hollingsworth, P.M.; Cardle, L.; Ramsay, L.; Gibby, M.; Powell, W. (2002) The application of EST-derived SSRs in plant conservation genetics., Plant Conservation in Scotland Conference, September 2002.
  • Woodhead, M.; Russell, J.R.; Ramsay, L.; Cardle, L.; Powell, W. (2002) The development and utility of SSRs derived from expressed sequence tags. Poster., Ecological Genetics Group Meeting.
  • Marshall, D.F.; Cardle, L.; Ramsay, L.; Biscoe, P.V. (2001) Barley and potato bioinformatics at SCRI., Proceedings of Plant and Animal Genome, p673.
  • Bell, K.S.; Avrova, A.O.; Holeva, M.C.; Cardle, L.; Morris, W.L.; De Jong, W.; Toth, I.K.; Waugh, R.; Bryan, G.J.; Birch, P.R.J. (2001) Sample sequencing of large, overlapping DNA fragments from Erwinia carotovora subsp. atroseptica reveals novel putative phytopathogenicity genes and allows comparison with the model animal pathogen Escherichia coli., Agricultural Microbes Genomes II. San Diego, USA, 17-19 January 2001.
  • May, S.; Bradnam, K.; Cardle, L.; Cartinhour, S.; Couchman, M.; Davenport, G.; Devos, K.; Dicks, J.; Gale, M.; Huang, L.; Marshall, D.F.; McWilliam, H.; Ougham, H.; Trick, M.; Waugh, R. (2000) UK CropNet 99 - the second phase., Journal of Experimental Botany, 51, 22-23.
  • Waugh, R.; Ramsay, L.; Macaulay, M.; McLean, K.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Ellis, R.P.; Swanston, J.S.; Russell, J.R.; Cardle, L.; Harrower, B.E.; Hedley, P.E.; Powell, W.; Machray, G.C. (1999) Identification and improvement of components of barley malting quality., Proceedings of the 9th Australian Barley Technical Symposium, Melbourne, 12-16 September 1999, pp98-112.
  • Cardle, L.; Waugh, R.; Marshall, D.F. (1998) UK CROPNET Barley Db., BBSRC PAGA/GAIT Workshop, Edinburgh, April 1998.

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.