Satellite projects

The activities and deliverables from OREGIN address specific gaps in knowledge, information and resources that have been prioritised as essential to ensuring that LINK and other projects deliver directly via crop genetic improvement.

A number of LINK and other public-private partnerships have emerged as a direct consequence of OREGIN.

OREGIN is well placed to provide the pipeline to deliver outcomes through crop genetic improvement, with a primary focus on traits that can address environmental sustainability and climate change.

As a result, it is expected that OREGIN will contribute to significant changes in farming over the coming decade.

List of Satellite Projects




Brief summary


MAQBAT: Mechanistic Analysis of Quantitative Disease Resistance in Brassica by Associative TranscriptomicsJICUniversity of Hertfordshire,Wageningen University,KWS SAAT AG (Industry), University of Copenhagen,University of Gottingen,University of LodzThis research will identify the most useful Quantitative Disease Resistance genes for OSR breeding and understand the mechanisms behind this to enable predictions of their effectiveness and

Renewable Industrial Products from Rapeseed (RIPR) Programme (BB/L002124/1) 2014-2018


University of York, The Genome Analysis Centre, Rothamsted Research, University of Nottingham, John Innes centre, Institute of Food Research.

Understand the genetic control, in rapeseed, of the accumulation of compounds representing emerging bio-refining opportunities and fertilizer use efficiency.

Evolution of genomes: structure-function relationships in the polyploid crop species Brassica napus (BB/L027844/1) 2014-2017


University of York, John Innes Centre

Using Illumina sequencing to characterise genome evolution in both resynthesised B. napus and B. napus formed in nature.

Understanding the role of lipases in controlling seed storage oil composition (BB/K002147/1) 2013-2016


Rothamsted Research

Identifying lipases that control the fatty acid composition of seed oil.

Delivering low-cost, high-throughput root phenotyping screens for arable crops (BB/J019631/1) 2012-2015


University of Nottingham

Developing phenotyping platforms to quantify root growth and architecture in >800 oilseed rape varieties.

Yield improvement of oilseed rape through genetic manipulation of rhizosphere exudation (BB/J019690/1) 2012-2015


University of Warwick, Rothamsted Research.

Determine the genetic control of root exudation to optimise the interaction with the rhizosphere community with respect to mineral (esp. P) acquisition.

Exploiting sources of resistance to Turnip yellows virus for deployment in oilseed rape (BB/I017410/1) 2011-2015


University of Warwick

Genetically characterise diploid and tetraploid sources of TuYV resistance for development of TuYV resistant oilseed rape.

Modulating Seed Size in Oilseed Rape BB/F009712/1(2008-13)


Rothamsted Research, University of Bath

Determine genetic and mechanistic basis for changing seed size, which plays a key role in the yield, quality and profitability of OSR, with ancillary effects on crop establishment

BBF0157981 Reducing the carbon footprint of the lubricants industry by the substitution of mineral oil with rapeseed oil (2008-13)

BBSRC/LINK Renewable Materials


To underpin the development of oilseed rape varieties for the production of oil for use in the lubricants industry

Targeting symptomless pathogen growth to control fungal plant diseases. (2007-2010)


RRes, INRA, DuPont

Use of GFP & qPCR to investigate symptomless growth of L.maculans in INRA NIL B.napus +/- fungicide

Sequencing and exploitation of the Brassica A genome (2007-2010)


JIC, RRes, HAU, China,, BGI, China; TIGR, USA, WHRI

UK-China sequencing consortium to sequence  two Brassica rapa chromosomes and end-sequence 72,000 Oilseed Rape BAC clones to provide integration ofgenomic information.

AdVaB (Adding Value to the UK Brassica Crop Science Community) 2007-2010

BBSRC (Innovations in Crop Science Initiative)


Includes map integration with additional SSR markers, data curation of maps and collation of QTL, reverse genetics (TILLING, RNAi) and B. rapa transformation.

A trait led approach which exploits natural variation in seedling vigour to enhance crop establishment. 2007-2010

BBSRC (Innovations in Crop Science Initiative)

WHRI, Syngenta

Map-based cloning of QTL affecting seedling vigour

Enhancing Brassica Oilseed Crop Improvement through Genomic Approaches. 2007-2010


RRes, JIC +(UK); India: TERI, Univ. Delhi, Hambard Univ.; Delhi; GBPUAT Patnagar, Krishidha, Jalna.

Workshops and exchange visits to identify and encourage collaborative programmes. Focus on high impact traits, including those relevant to low inputs.

Quantifying the genetic diversity of phosphorus use efficiency in Brassica napus. 2007-2011



Quantifying the genetic diversity of phosphorus use efficiency in Brassica napus

Public engagement awards 2007. Application 9: Plants: The key to a sustainable future



Study with respect to using plants for production of materials and bioenergy

IF0128 The impact of shortened rotations on rhizosphere microbial diversity (2007-2009)


Warwick HRI

Establish the impact of growing OSR in shorter rotations on the soil microbial community in relation to yield


Breeding oilseed rape with a low requirement for nitrogen fertiliser (2006-2011)

Defra LINK

ADAS, WHRI, Nottingham, BASF, BP Oil Internatinal, Elsoms Seeds, HGCA, Nickerson, Northeast Biofuels, Saaten Union, Syngenta Seeds, Terra Nitrogen.

To improve the understanding of nitrogen use in oilseed rape in order to breed for a lower requirement. Includes the development of plant resources, screening methods and markers linked to associated traits.

The role of DNA methylation in determining crop phenotype plasticity 2006-9



Dorothy Hodgkin post-graduate award

Using plant oils: a novel approach. 2006-2007



Scoping study (full proposal to be submitted)

Exploiting natural and induced genetic variation inBrassica 2005-2008

BBSRC UK-China partnering award.


Workshops and exchange visits to identify and encourage collaborative programmes. Has resulted already in TNDH data and population; access to B. napus TILLING population; genetic resources et al.

CORDISOR; Components Of Resistance to DISeases in winter Oilseed Rape. (2004-2008)

Defra LINK

RRes, NIAB, ADAS, SAC, HGCA, Saaten Union, Elsoms Seeds, CPB-Twyford, Nickerson, Syngenta, Monsanto.

To improve the assessment of winter oilseed rape cultivar resistance to diseases (phoma stem canker; light leaf spot)

Understanding sclerotinia epidemics on oilseed rape. (2004-2007)

Defra LINK

ADAS, RRes, CPB-Twyford

To improve understanding of epidemics using cultivars +/- petals


Exploiting eIF4E-based and associated broad-spectrum recessive resistance to potyviruses in dicots and monocots.

BBSRC (Innovations in Crop Science Initiative)


Exploring the role of eIF4E as a candidate gene for potivirus resistance. Study crops are barley and B. rapa, with the potential to transfer to OSR


Defra LINK

JIC, HGCA, Biogemma, CPB-Twyford, Elsoms Seeds, Monsanto, Nickersons, Saaten Union

To improve the Harvest Index of oilseed rape by identifying the genetic control of individual canopy architecture traits by mapping QTL and candidate genes,

Map integration of the Brassica A genome



Keita Suwabe from Japan awarded a 2 year Marie Curie fellowship focused on B. rapa map integration.