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Robbie Waugh

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Cell and Molecular Sciences
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Programme Leader
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


Robbie has made major contributions to the development and exploitation of enabling technologies and accompanying genetic resources that have promoted barley as both a ‘crop and model’ for the research and commercial sectors.  He developed a range of practical tools and informational resources that now pervade barley genetics research in both the global academic and commercial sectors (e.g SNP genotyping platforms, genome sequences, reference transcriptomes etc.).  Over his career he has exploited these platforms for genetic analyses, gene isolation and functional characterisation.  His research is based largely on understanding and using biodiversity, particularly through the development and application of genetic approaches for trait dissection.  He established a powerful platform for efficiently exploiting mutants for gene identification and functional validation by both forward and reverse genetics strategies.  The outputs of his research have provided new understanding of the genetic control of inflorescence architecture, culm branching, pigmentation, lignin content, meiosis, growth habit and heading date.  He maintains productive relationships with the international cereals research community and despite the more ‘translational’ nature of his research that has been exclusively conducted on crops he has published extensively and is highly cited.


Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (2015 onwards)

Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2013 onwards)

Honorary Professor, University of Glasgow (2008 onwards)


  • BSc (hons), Strathclyde University (1981)
  • PhD, University of Dundee (1987)

Current research interests

  • BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnership (Lead: SWRI) ‘BARIToNE’ 2022-2028 (£3.6M) (PI/Co-I)
  • BBSRC Response Mode ‘R-Evolve’ BB/V016938/1 2021-2025 (£657,162)(Co-I)
  • BBSRC International Partnering Award ‘BarleyEUNetwork’ BB/V018906/1 2021-2024 (£30,000) (Co-I)
  • ARC ‘Discovery’ ‘Accelerated Domestication’ DP210103744 2021-2026 (Au$635,000) (Co-I)
  • NCRIS ‘OzBarley’ 2021-2023 (Au$400,000) (Co-PI)
  • BBSRC BBR BB/S020160/1 ‘PlantRTD’ 2019-2022 (£391,401) (Co-I)
  • BBSRC Response Mode BB/S002871/1 ‘Root microbiota’ 2018-2022 (761,544) (Co-I)
  • BBSRC Response Mode BB/R010315/1 ‘Skinning’ 2017-2022 (£585,468) (Co-I)
  • BBSRC ERA-CAPS BB/S004610/1 ‘BARN’ 2018-2022 (£649,658) (PI)
  • FACCE-JPI DEFRA CH0213 ‘Barista’ 2019-2022 (£60,000) (PI)
  • BBSRC BB/N023455/1 ‘MAXBIO’ 2017-2022 (£1,544,929) (Co-I)


Scientific Posters / Conferences

File An update on the GERMINATE project the database and tools 791.72 KB
File The Genotype Visualisation Tool (GVT) 1.07 MB
File The Plant Genomics Database Infrastructure at the Scottish Crop Research Institute 424.92 KB
File Barley SNP Databases and GVT 2.05 MB
File The Visualization and Analysis of Barley SNPs 817.23 KB
File Barley Mutant and SNP Databases at SCRI 993.59 KB
File Germinate 2 A Platform for Storage and Analysis of Experimental Plant Data 4.72 MB
File Bioinformatics Resources at the Scottish Crop Research Institute 1.58 MB
File Germinate 2: Storage Visualization and Analysis of High Volume Genotypic Phenotypic and Pedigree Data 992.31 KB
File Levels of intra-specific AFLP diversity in tuber bearing potato species with different breeding systems and ploidy levels 275.19 KB
File Single nucleotide polymorphism discovery and mapping in barley 4.01 MB
File Allele-Specific Differential Gene Expression in Two Barley Cultivars and Reciprocal F1 Hybrids 2.87 MB
File Genome-wide SNP discovery and linkage analysis in barley based on genes responsive to abiotic stress 4.63 MB
File Barley Nec1 gene is a homologue of the Arabidopsis Hlm1 encoding the cyclic nucleotide-gated ion channel 4 4.27 MB
File Association Genetics of UK Elite Barley 877.79 KB
File Steptoe x Morex - the weakest link? 1.11 MB
File Association Genetics of UK Elite Barley (AGOUEB) 348.03 KB
File Two row-Spring barley Association Panel - A resource for fine-mapping saccharification yield and crop biofuel-related traits 1.66 MB
File Genetic dissection of barley morphology and development 6.63 MB
File Transcript-Level Variation in Barley Seedling Leaves Challenged with Puccinia hordei and the Molecular Basis of Partial Resistance to Leaf Rust 1.16 MB
File Manipulating meiosis: crossovers from Arabidopsis to crops 772.81 KB
File Control of Meiotic Recombination in Barley 894.59 KB
File Meiotic Recombination 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.