WP1: Heteroduplex mapping to improve hemp target traits

The partners will use a reverse genetic Heteroduplex Mapping approach to improve hemp for biorefining applications. Mutations identified in candidate genes will be introgressed into elite genetic material to eliminate background mutations. Phenotyping, carried out during various stages of the breeding programme, will provide a strong indication of the impact of a mutation prior to field trials. For mutations involving oil quality, it will be feasible to perform field trials and pilot-scale biorefining after four backcrosses, within the lifetime of the project. Desirable mutations identified at later stages (Year 3 onwards) will have progressed sufficiently for the new germplasm to be tested in field trials in the year after the end of the project.

The following partners are involved in WP1: