Genetic Improvement Networks
Funded by Defra, the Genetic Improvement Networks (GINs) generate pre-breeding material that carries novel, profitable and sustainable traits.
Collaborative research is at the heart of the networks, to ensure efforts are placed on key traits and the material produced (genetic and knowledge) is accessible to breeders.
Each year, the GINs hold stakeholder meetings to share the latest developments with anyone interested in crop genetics. Usually, these take place in autumn. However, in response to COVID-19, a different approach is required. Keep an eye on their websites for times, dates, locations and programme information.
Wheat Genetic Improvement Network (WGIN)
8 February 2024 (The John Innes Centre, Norwich, and online)
Oilseed Rape Genetic Improvement Network (OREGIN)
16 October 2023 (University of Warwick, Wellesbourne)
Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network (PCGIN)
15 February 2024 (University of Reading)
Vegetable Genetic Improvement Network (VeGIN)
17 October 2023 (University of Warwick, Wellesbourne)
Germplasm journey (articles about the GINS)
While the problems facing growers may make it tempting to reach for the gin, plant breeders are finding that GINs are actually providing the answers. CPM takes the top off VeGIN and gets a taster of what’s inside.
Collaborative research has long been the backbone of a Defra-funded breeding programme that has responded to the challenges facing oilseed rape growers. CPM explores the programme’s current focus.
Massive demand for plant-based protein puts the spotlight on peas and beans to deliver for the UK market. CPM delves into the research aimed at putting varieties on farm that will meet the challenge.
The Genetic Improvement Networks have revolutionised plant breeding in the UK. CPM reports on the achievements of the GINs and how they will contribute to the varieties of the future.
While the Recommended Lists represent the most significant part of AHDB activity on varieties, the lifeblood of new lines lies in breeding and pre-breeding research. CPM tracks its history and prospects.