John E. Flintham

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World wheat grain yields increased substantially in the 1960s and 1970s because farmers rapidly adopted the new varieties and cultivation methods of the so-called 'green revolution'. The new varieties are shorter, increase grain yield at the expense of straw biomass, and are more resistant to damage by wind and rain. These wheats are short because they(More)
A series of experiments to investigate the genetic basis of pre-harvest sprouting are reported. The results are combined with previously published studies in a composite genetic map for sprout resistance in hexaploid wheat. Different studies, using classical genetics, aneuploids, chromosome substitutions, or QTL mapping, have identified various regions of(More)
 Chromosome locations for gene orthologues of the dormancy-related maize transcription factor VIVIPAROUS-1, encoded by the Vp1 locus on maize chromosome 3, were determined in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and rice (Oryza sativa L.) via linkage to markers on existing molecular maps using a cDNA of a wheat Vp1 orthologue as a probe in genomic Southern(More)
The maize (Zea mays) Viviparous 1 (Vp1) transcription factor has been shown previously to be a major regulator of seed development, simultaneously activating embryo maturation and repressing germination. Hexaploid bread wheat (Triticum aestivum) caryopses are characterized by relatively weak embryo dormancy and are susceptible to preharvest sprouting (PHS),(More)
Quantitative trait loci (QTL) that control seed oil content and fatty acid composition were studied using a recombinant inbred population derived from a cross between the Arabidopsis ecotypes Landsberg erecta and Cape Verdi Islands. Multiple QTL model mapping identified two major and two minor QTL that account for 43% of the variation in oil content in the(More)
Most genes in hexaploid bread wheat are triplicated. Knowledge of the relationships between the three genomes then allows us to build consensus maps of loci controlling any trait. In this paper we show such a map of some of the major genes and QTL effects that have been reported to be associated with pre-harvest sprouting. The result highlights regions of(More)
The occurrence of late maturity alpha-amylase (LMA) was investigated using two doubled haploid wheat populations segregating for the dwarfing gene Rht-D1b and the 1B/1R translocation. Genotypes were assessed in the field and in controlled environments where a cold-shock treatment was used to induce LMA. Results from field-grown genotypes from the cross(More)
The effects of the ‘Tom Thumb’ Rht3 dwarfing gene in wheat on plant height, yield components and grain quality in field trials of random inbred lines from two ‘Minister Dwarf’ (Rht3) x rht3 crosses are described. Limited genetic increases in Rht3 plant height, up to 70 cm, were achieved by incorporating genes from the extremely tall variety ‘April Bearded’.(More)
The use of model genetic systems in plant and animal studies has allowed a greatly increased understanding of how genomes regulate phenotype. Arabidopsis thaliana (arabidopsis) has proved to be an extremely useful model for plant molecular genetic studies and there are now many examples of important agricultural genes that have been identified using this(More)
The effects of the Tom Thumb dwarfing gene, Rht3, on the quality and quantity of grain α-amylase produced during germination and by induction with exogenous gibberellic acid are described. In a season conducive to high sprouting damage the gene reduced α-amylase levels in the field by 77%. Selection among random Rht3 genotypes showed that other genetic(More)