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Luke Ramsay

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Cell and Molecular Sciences
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Barley Geneticist
Luke.Ramsay@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Invergowrie
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK

 

Current research interests

My research interests are centred on the development of genetics tools and genomics resources for barley and their application to breeding.  This underpins an interest in association genetics for agronomically important traits that has involved the development of high-throughput SNP genotyping capabilities.  This work has fostered closer ties with industry in particular breeding companies with UK-based programmes.  Interactions on dissection of genetic control of economic traits and the development of pre-breeding material will form the basis of much future work as will the possibilities that an ability to influence distribution and frequency of recombination would bring to longer-term breeding goals.

Current research projects

  • BBSRC Response Mode ‘R-Evolve’ BB/V016938/1 2021-2025 (£657,162) (Co-I)
  • BBSRC Response Mode BB/R010315/1 ‘Skinning’ 2017-2022 (£585,468) (Co-I)
  • EU H2020 101000622 RADIANT ReAlising DynamIc vAlue NeTworks for underutilised crops  (Co-I)
  • BBSRC Response Mode BB/T002905/1‘Developing nutrient-enriched cereal grains with large embryos’ (Co-I)
  • FACCE-JPI DEFRA CH0213 ‘Barista’ 2019-2022 (£60,000) (C0-I).

Past research

My initial research was based around studies on the quantitative genetics of Brassica spp. (University of Birmingham and John Innes Centre).  However since coming to the Institute I have concentrated almost exclusively on barley and have been involved mainly in the development of molecular markers and their application to questions relating to the patterns of genetic and functional diversity in barley.

Bibliography

  • Arrieta, M.; Colas, I.; Macaulay, M.; Waugh, R.; Ramsay, L. (2020) A modular tray growth system for barley., In: Pradillo M. & Heckmann S. (eds). Plant Meiosis. Methods in Molecular Biology, Humana, New York, Volume 2061, pp367-379.
  • Darrier, B.; Arrieta, M.; Mittmann, S.U.; Sourdille, P.; Ramsay, L.; Waugh, R.; Colas, I. (2020) Following the formation of synaptonemal complex formation in wheat and barley by high-resolution microscopy., In: Pradillo M. & Heckmann S. (eds). Plant Meiosis. Methods in Molecular Biology, Humana, New York, Volume 2061, pp207-215.
  • Mittmann, S.; Arrieta, M.; Ramsay, L.; Waugh, R.; Colas, I. (2019) Preparation of barley pollen mother cells for confocal and super resolution microscopy., In: Harwood, W.A. (ed.). Barley: Methods and Protocols. Methods Molecular Biology, Volume 1900, Humana Press, New York. Chapter 11, pp167-179.
  • Ramsay, L.; Colas, I.; Waugh, R. (2014) Modulation of meiotic recombination., In: Kumlehn, J. & Stein, N. (eds.). Biotechnological Approaches to Barley Improvement, Part II. Springer, Berlin, Chapter 16, pp311-329.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Thomas, W.T.B.; Comadran, J.; Ramsay, L.; Shaw, P.; Marshall, D.F.; Newton, A.C.; O'Sullivan, D.; Cockram, J.; Mackay, I.; Bayles, R.; White, J.; Kearsey, M.J.; Luo, Z.; Wang, M.; Tapsell, C.; Harrap, D.; Werner, P.; Klose, S.; Bury, P.; Wroth, J.; Argilllier, O.; Habgood, R.; Glew, M.; Bochard, A-M.; Gymer, P.; Vequaud, D.; Christerson, T.; Allvin, B,; Davies, N.; Broadbent, R.; Brosnan, J.; Bringhurst, T.; Booer, C.; Waugh, R. (2014) Association genetics of UK elite barley (AGOUEB)., Final Project Report to HGCA, No 528, 125pp.
  • Ramsay, L.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Comadran, J.; Marshall, D.F.; Shaw, P.; Waugh, R. (2011) Genetic diversity in modern barley varieties., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2010, pp23-24.
  • Ramsay, L.; Rostoks, N.; Marshall, D.F.; Mudie, S.; Close, T.J.; Waugh, R. (2006) Breeding facilitates whole genome LD-mapping., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2006, pp16-17.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Caldwell, D.; McCallum, N.; Mudie, S.; Hedley, P.E.; Ramsay, L.; Liu, H.; Marshall, D.F.; Waugh, R. (2002) A physical/chemical mutation grid for barley functional genomics., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2001/2002, pp157-158.
  • 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.
  • Bryan, G.J.; Milbourne, D.; Isidore, E.; McNicoll, J.; Tierney, I.; Purvis, A.; Williamson, S.; Ramsay, L.; McLean, K.; Waugh, R. (2002) Application of a potato UHD genetic linkage map for BAC landing and contig initiation in a region of linkage group V., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2001/2002, pp143-146.
  • James, A.B.; Bryan, G.J.; Dear, PH.; Thangavelu, M.; Ramsay, L.; Waugh, R. (2001) High density, high throughput physical mapping in plants., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2000/2001, pp79-81.
  • 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.
  • Waugh, R.; Ramsay, L.; Graner, A.; Bauer, E.; Morgante, M.; Degli Ivanissevich, S.; Isaac, P.; Jahoor, A.; Herz, M.; Tuvesson, S.; Dourlein, J.; Chasalow, S.; Marmiroli, N.; Massari, A.; Rath, F.; Schacht, J.; Jaiser, H.; Schiemann, A.; Habgood, R.; Hemker, R.; Ferrer, E.G (1999) Improving the quality of European barley: application and development of appropriate enabling technologies., Final Confidential Report FAIR CT95-00031999, 23pp.
  • 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.
  • Waugh, R.; Collins, A.; Milbourne, D.; Ramsay, L.; Meyer, R.C.; Hackett, C.A.; Bradshaw, J.E.; Gebhardt, C.; Bonnel, E.; Bonar, N. (1998) Development of markers for potato genetics and breeding., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 1997/98, 86-88.
  • Waugh, R.; Ramsay, L. (1996) EU FAIR CT95-0003., Second Year Consolidated Report.

  • 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.
  • Black, K.; Walker, G.; White, P.J.; Karley, A.; Ramsay, L.; Ramsay, G.; James, E.K.; Squire, G.R.; Iannetta, P.P.M. (2016) Mainstream pulses: exploring local solutions to supply chain limitations., 2nd Conference of the International Legume Society, Legumes for a Sustainable World, Tróia, Portugal, 11-14 October 2016. Conference paper and presentation.
  • Iannetta, P.P.M.; Karley, A.; Ramsay, L.; Ramsay, G.; James, E.K.; Squire, G.R. (2016) Sustainable and profitable protein production using faba bean., 14th Congress of the European Society of Agronomy, in association with Association of Applied Biologists, Edinburgh, Scotland, 5-9 September 2016. Conference paper and presentation.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • George, T.S.; French, A.; Brown, L.K.; Daniell, T.J.; Karley, A.J.; Ramsay, L.; White, P.J. (2013) Genotypic variation in the ability of plants to tolerate manganese deficiency in cereals grown in calcareous systems: the role of root phytases., XVII International Plant Nutrition Colloquium and Boron Satellite Meeting, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, 19-22 August 2013.
  • Daniell, T.J.; Mitchell, S.; Taylor, A.; Baggs, E.M.; Ramsay, L. (2013) Interaction between plant cultivar and greenhouse gas emission from arable soil - can the plant be used to minimise emissions?, 11th INTECOL Congress, Ecology: Into the next 100 years, ExCel Centre, London, 18-23 August 2013.
  • George, T.S.; French, A.; Brown, L.K.; Daniell, T.; Karley, A;. Ramsay, L.; White, P.J. (2013) Genotypic variation in the ability of plants to tolerate manganese deficiency in cereals grown in calcareous systems: the role of root phytases., In: XVII International Plant Nutrition Colloquium and Boron Satellite Meeting, Sabanci University, Istanbul, Turkey, 19-22 August 2013. Proceedings, pp39-40.
  • Daniell, T.; Mitchell, S.; Taylor, A.; Baggs, E.; Ramsay, L. (2013) Interaction between plant cultivar and greenhouse gas emission from arable soil - can the plant be used to minimise emissions?, 11th INTECOL Congress, Ecology: Into the next 100 years, ExCel Centre, London, 18-23 August 2013.
  • Shaw, P.; Milne, I.; Cardle, L.; Waugh, R.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Ramsay, L.; Comadran, J.; Stephen G.; Bayer, M.; Graham, M.; Kennedy J.; Oakey, H.; Marshall, D.F. (2012) Visualizing genetic transmission patterns in plant pedigrees., Plant and Animal Genome XX, San Diego, California, 14-18 January 2012.
  • Daniell, T.J.; King, D.; Ramsay, L.; Baggs, E.M. (2011) Variation in soil N2O emission across barley (Hordeum Vulgare) cultivars., Rhizosphere 3 International Conference, Perth, Australia, 25-30 September 2011.
  • 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.
  • Muehlbauer, G.J.; Waugh, R.; Ramsay, L.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Marshall, D.F.; Newton, A.C. (2010) Potential impacts of a new oat genomics toolbox: Lessons from the barley CAP., Plant & Animal Genome XVIII, San Diego, California, USA, 9-13 January 2010.
  • Cockram, J.; White, J.; Zuluaga, D.; Mackay, I.; Luo, Z.W.; Kearsey, M.J.; Comadran, J.; Marshall, D.F.; Ramsay, L.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Harrap, D.; Werner, P.; Tapsell, C.; Balding, D.J.; Waugh, R.; O'Sullivan, D. (2010) Genome-wide association mapping in barley: From simulations to fine-mapping., Plant & Animal Genome XVIII, San Diego, California, USA, 9-13 January 2010.
  • Wojciechowski, T.; Ramsay, L.; Gooding, M.J.; Gregory, P.J. (2009) Root architecture of wheat is affected by expression of reduced height genes., International Symposium on Root Research and Applications (RootRAP), Boku, Vienna, Austria, 2-4 September 2009.
  • 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).
  • Ramsay, L.; Comadran, J.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Marshall, D.F.; Druka, A.; MacKenzie, K.; Bhat, P.; Close, T.J.; Waugh, R. (2008) Barley genomics: Development and application of SNP genotyping., 5th UK Cereal Genetics and Genomics Workshop, Rothamsted, 16-18 April 2008.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Waugh, R.; Ramsay, L.; Marshall, D.F.; Kearsey, M.J.; O'Sullivan, D.M.; Tapsell, C.; Klose, S.; Bury, P.; Habgood, R.; Gymer, P.; Christerson, T.; Allvin, B.; Davies, N.; Brosnan, J.; Booer, C.; Thomas, W.T.B. (2008) High density genome scan of progress in UK winter and spring malting barley., 10th International Barley Genetics Symposium, Alexandria, Egypt, 5-10 April 2008.
  • Marshall, D.F.; Close, T.; Ramsay, L.; Druka, A.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Flavell, A.J.; Shaw, P.; Milne, I.; Waugh, R. (2008) Barley genomics and genetic analysis - new trends in barley genomics., 10th International Barley Genetics Symposium, Alexandria, Egypt, 5-10 April 2008.
  • George, T.S.; Wishart, J.; Brown, L.K.; Ramsay, G.; Ramsay, L.; Ramsey, R.; Gregory, P.J.; White, P.J. (2008) Variation in roots and rhizosphere: potential for improving resource capture in crop plants., XVI Congress of the Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology, Tampere, Finland, 17-22 August 2008.
  • Waugh, R.; Rostoks, N.; Ramsay, L.; Druka, A.; Marshall, D.F.; Close, T.; Wanamaker, S.; Svensson, J.T.; Bhat, P.; Roose, M.L.; Hayes, P.; Stein, N. (2007) Barley genomics and its impact on breeding., 13th Australian Barley Technical Symposium, Fremantle, Australia, 26-30 August 2008.
  • Waugh, R.; Rostoks, N.; Ramsay, L.; Marshall, D.F.; Thomas, W.T.B.; Druka, A.; Wanamaker, S.; Svensson, J.T.; Bhat, P.; Graner, A.; Stein, N.; Varshney, R.K.; Kearsey, M.J.; Luo, Z.W.; Potokina, E.; Close, T.J. (2006) Towards whole genome association genetic scans in barley., Eucarpia Cereals Meeting, Lleida, Spain, 14-17 November 2006.
  • Macaulay, M.; Ramsay, L.; Waugh, R.; Thomas, W.T.B. (2004) Genes for success - what can we learn from recommended list trials?., Barley Genetics IX, Proceedings of 9th International Barley Genetics Symposium, Brno, Czech Republic, 20-26 June 2004, pp1040-1046.

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