Welcome to WGIN 2nd Phase (2009-2014)

Defra Wheat Genetic Improvement Network - Improving the environmental footprint of farming through crop genetics and targeted traits analysis


The 2nd phase of WGIN has been extended until 31st October 2014.


Due to various reasons we have decided to cancel the next WGIN stakeholder meeting which was due to take place on Friday 21st November 2014.

Instead, we plan to hold the next stakeholder event at Rothamsted sometime in April 2015.   This has the advantage that the full analysis of the 10th year of field trials will  be completed by then. Also there will be an opportunity to visit the Rothamsted Experimental Farm.



The most recent WGIN Stakeholder Meeting took place on 4th December 2013 at Rothamsted Research. Presentations are now available.

*****The latest WGIN Stakeholders' Newsletter (April 2014) is now online*****


The UK government is committed to more sustainable agriculture but this vision is facing an ever expanding range of environmental, energy and climate change challenges. Wheat is grown on a larger area and is more valuable than any other arable crop in the UK. Established in 2003, the Wheat Genetic Improvement Network (WGIN) Diagram of WGIN in the Wider Contextarose directly from a realisation in the early 2000s that over the preceding two decades there had been a widening disconnection between commercial plant breeding activities and publicly funded plant and crop research. The overall aim of WGIN is to generate pre-breeding material carrying novel traits for the UK breeding companies and to deliver accessible technologies, thereby ensuring the means are available to produce new, working together with UK wheat breedersimproved varieties. An integrated scientific 'core' which combines underpinning work on molecular markers, genetic and genomic research, together with novel trait identification, are being pursued to achieve this goal. The predicted wider impacts of the project can be viewed in the impact networks which were developed for each of the scientific objectives.

******* UK bred variety achieves new world wheat record *******

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Disclaimer: The site and all images provided on the WGIN website are © 2009 Rothamsted Research unless otherwise indicated. No image may be copied, reproduced, used or distributed without the permission of the copyright owner.

In all work which uses the DH Avalon x Cadenza population the following text must be cited: The population of doubled-haploid (DH) individuals, derived from F1 progeny of a cross between cvs Avalon and Cadenza, was developed by Clare Ellerbrook, Liz Sayers and the late Tony Worland (John Innes Centre), as part of a Defra funded project led by ADAS. The parents were originally chosen (to contrast for canopy architecture traits) by Steve Parker (CSL), Tony Worland and Darren Lovell (Rothamsted Research).

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