A University of Dundee-led programme that will train the next generation of barley researchers has received a multi-million pound investment.
Barley has been grown by humans for thousands of years and is one of the earliest plants to be domesticated. Today, it is one of the most important crops in the world used for food and drink production, as well as animal feed.
The £9 million Barley Industrial Training Network (BARIToNE) programme is a Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) led by the University, Scotch Whisky Research Institute, International Barley Hub, and supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and industry partners.
It will see a cohort of 30 postgraduate researchers supported through cash and in-kind contributions from the partner organisations.
Professor Robbie Waugh, from the University’s School of Life Sciences and Director of the International Barley Hub, located at the James Hutton Institute, said:
The BARIToNE studentships are part of a contingent of 225 studentships, in partnership with academia and industry, spanning 29 businesses and 12 academic research organisations.
Collaborative Training Partnerships co-invest in training the next generation of skilled people for the research base and wider bioeconomy. The CTP scheme run by the BBSRC will address skills gaps in the UK bioscience industry through doctoral training led by businesses.
Professor James Brosnan, BARIToNE leader and chair of the International Barley Hub, said:
BBSRC executive chair, Professor Melanie Welham added: