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Dr Gary Barker


My main research interest is Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) discovery and gene expression analysis in hexaploid bread wheat (Triticum aestivum). This work primarily uses Illumina Next Generation Sequence data from normalised cDNA libraries, but as part of the UK wheat genome sequencing consortium we are currently using ABI SOLiD whole genome shotgun sequence data. Funded by a BBSRC BBR programme I am responsible for bringing UK wheat genomics data together under the MONOGRAM ubrella. I am curently collaborating with Donal O'Sullivan at NIAB on the discovery of genes involved in Ergot resistance in wheat. Other interests include metagenomics, with a particular emphasis on glacial ecosystems in collaboration with Alex Magno Anesio in the School of Geographical Science.

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  • single nucleotide polymorphism (snp)
  • gene expression analysis in triticum eastivum
  • uk wheat genome sequencing consortium
  • ergot resistance in wheat
  • metagenomics
  • glacial ecosystems