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Luke Ramsay

Staff picture: Luke Ramsay
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Barley Geneticist
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
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.


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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.