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GARNet provides leadership and coordination to UK scientists carrying out basic plant science research.

For more than 15 years, GARNet has supported the development of a united, forward-looking and well-connected basic plant science research base, funded by BBSRC and led from different universities.

GARNet 2020 is led by Professor Jim Murray and will help underpin progress in crop science, agronomy, agriculture and the plant-based biomaterials and bioenergy industries, with a particular focus on Arabidopsis research. This role is more necessary than ever given the importance of plant science in meeting global challenges in the production of food, feed, fibre and fuel using diminishing resources of land and fresh water.

The main aims of GARNet are to support UK plant scientists by:

  • equipping them with the right skills and resources to take on new ways of working in science, including using large sequencing datasets, large-scale image analysis, and multi-scale predictive biology
  • promoting connections and collaborations between basic plant scientists and the agriculture, bioenergy and biotechnology end-user communities
  • managing and extending GARNet communication platforms to promote knowledge exchange within the community and to be a single point of contact for external parties.

Concrete outcomes of the proposed work will be raised awareness of large data management, imaging technologies, and multi-scale modelling approaches to plant science, and training in these areas at workshops and conferences throughout the grant term.

Public pages on synthetic biology, open access and next generation sequencing for plant science are planned.