IBERS receives £2.76 million research grant to study oats and the milling industry

IBERS oat breeding researchers have secured new funding from the BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council) for research aimed at further improving the nutritional value and economic sustainability of oats.

Professor Athole Marshall with oat breeding team members in the BBSRC funded National Plant Phenomics Centre at IBERS.

Professor Athole Marshall with oat breeding team members in the BBSRC funded National Plant Phenomics Centre at IBERS.

Professor Athole Marshall, Head of Plant Breeding at IBERS said;

“This new project is strategically important, specifically in enhancing oat crop productivity, quality and nutritional composition, increasing the sustainability of crop production and understanding and exploiting genomics and the genetic diversity in plants (crop science).”

The five-year LINK project will address the challenges facing agriculture and sustainable food production in the UK.

The LINK project, led by IBERS, involves collaborative research between science based partners (IBERS, Heriot-Watt University and NIAB) and industry partners along the supply chain who will play a role in evaluating the performance and quality of new oat varieties.