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Malcolm Macaulay

Staff picture: Malcolm Macaulay
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Research Assistant
+44 (0)1382 568845

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


Current research interests

  • Studying patterns of genetic variation shown by elite barley cultivars and the use of this information to gain insights into the control of characters of economic, agronomic and environmental importance.
  • Characterisation of agronomically important genes.
  • High throughput SNP genotyping using Illumina Infinium 50K assay and associated analysis.
  • Supervision, training, and management associated with Genome Technology
  • Support for Genotyping at The James Hutton Institute, including troubleshooting software, hardware, and technical issues.

Past research

  • Biochemical and molecular marker development and utilisation in barley.


  • 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.
  • Ellis, R.P.; Macaulay, M.; Hackett, C.A.; Forster, B.P. (1998) The genetic control of ear emergence time in barley, Hordeum vulgare L.: Linkage between Vrn1, Bmy1, Wsp3 and a quantitative trait for time of ear emergence on chromosome 4H., In: Naqvi, S.S.M. (ed.). New Genetical Approaches to Crop Improvement. Atomic Energy Research Centre, Tando Jam 70060, Pakistan, pp619-630.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Thomas, W.T.B.; Newton, A.C.; Wilson, A.; Booth, A.; Macaulay, M.; Keith, R. (2000) Development of recombinant chromosome substitution lines - a barley resource., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 1999/2000, pp99-100.
  • 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.

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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.