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Dr Joanne Russell

Dr Joanne Russell

Dr Joanne Russell

Joanne Russell

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James Hutton Institute
Errol Road


My research focuses on the use of molecular markers to address a wide range of genetic and biological issues in a range of plant species. You can find out more information the full range of my research interests, activities and publications here.

One strand of my research explores diversity in barley at the gene level by exploiting next generation genomics approaches to genetically map the barley genome. This led to the development of a Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) platform that helps determine the genetic basis for phenotypic traits. This platform is used extensively by the European and North American Barley community.

We have used this type of genetic data to examine SNP diversity in geographically matched collections of locally adapted crops and their wild relatives in the Fertile Crescent. Additionally we have combined this genetic data with environmental niche modelling to examine evolution and domestication in barley. By combining modelling approaches with the powerful genomics tools helps us explore the genetics of fitness and adaptation that could inform the design of crops more resilient to future environmental disturbances. 


Leading Ideas

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystems
  • Crop Genetics

Area of Strategic Research Programme

Further information the Scottish Government's Strategic Research Programme is available

  • Theme 1: Natural Assets
  • 1.3 - Biodiversity and Ecosystems
  • 1.3.1 Biodiversity and ecosystem function
  • Theme 2: Productive and sustainable land management and Rural Economies
  • 2.1 - Crop and Grassland Production and Disease Control
  • 2.1.2 Crop genetic improvement

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