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Life Sciences Warwick Crop Centre

Warwick Crop Centre

We are an internationally recognised centre for translational research in sustainable agriculture, horticulture and food security.

The School of Life Sciences was ranked 2nd in the UK for Agriculture, Food and Veterinary research in the Government's 2014 “Research Excellence”

VeGIN ProjectVeGIN (Vegetable Genetic Improvement Network) Stakeholder Event

Held on Wednesday, 1st December in Microsoft Teams.

VeGIN is a Defra funded interactive network of researchers and industry leaders, who work together to promote market delivery of improved vegetable varieties using sustainable production systems.

This stakeholder event provided updates on the progress made in the project over the past year, together with insights from our industry guest speaker, Dr Ed Moorhouse from Agri-food Solution. We also sought input from participants to ensure that VeGIN continues to address the concerns faced by our stakeholders.

Meeting Recording and Presentations

If you would like to suggest any specific topics for future webinars, please email Claire Barratt at

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The Evolutionary History of Wild, Domesticated, and Feral Brassica oleracea (Brassicaceae)

Mol, Biol & Evol jun21Makenzie E Mabry, Sarah D Turner-Hissong, Evan Y Gallagher, Alex C McAlvay, Hong An, Patrick P Edger, Jonathan D Moore, David AC Pink, Graham R Teakle, Chris J Stevens, Guy Barker, Joanne Labate, Dorian Q Fuller, Robin G Allaby, Timothy Beissinger, Jared E Decker, Michael A Gore, & J Chris Pires

Understanding the evolutionary history of crops, including identifying wild relatives, helps to provide insight for conservation and crop breeding efforts. Using newly generated RNA-seq data for a diversity panel of 224 accessions, which represents 14 different B. oleracea crop types and nine potential wild progenitor species, we integrate phylogenetic and population genetic techniques with ecological niche modeling, archaeological, and literary evidence to examine relationships among cultivars and wild relatives to clarify the origin of this horticulturally important species. Our analyses point to the Aegean endemic B. cretica as the closest living relative of cultivated B. oleracea, supporting an origin of cultivation in the Eastern Mediterranean region

Molecular Biology & Evolution. June 2021

We have launched a new series of webinars and other activities highlighting our research and associated with our research themes.

If you would like to suggest any specific topics for future webinars, please email Claire Barratt at

Core Research

Andrew Taylor researching onions

Education and Training

Education and training at WCC

Working with Industry

Industry experts in field


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