Information processing and genome doubling - computational approaches for food security (MORRIS_J19DTP2)
- Research Area Agriculture and Food Security
- Partner The John Innes Centre (JIC)
Prof Richard Morris -
- Application Deadline 26/11/2018
Most plants have undergone whole genome duplications and many crops are polyploids. What is the advantage of such genome doubling? Studying the important trait of flowering time, this project offers the exciting opportunity to unravel key biological questions in the strategically important area of food security. As part of a large consortium aiming to understand trade-offs between traits in Brassica crops, this project will employ bioinformatics and mathematical modelling approaches to infer the ‘circuit boards’ of development and to simulate their dynamic behaviour. The results of this study will allow us to gain new insights into the information processing capabilities of plants and the impact of regulatory divergence and polyploidisation. This project would be suited for a biologist with programming skills (or wishing to learn them) or a computer scientist keen to develop skills in the upcoming area of computational biology. Training will be provided in all relevant areas.