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TIGR2ESS: Transforming India's Green Revolution by Research and Empowerment for Sustainable food Supplies

A Global Challenges Research Fund project

Overview of Flagship Project 3

Flagship Project 3: Heat and Drought Resilience in Wheat

Wheat production in northern India generally occurs as part of a two-cycle wheat-rice rotation. This restricts the length of the wheat growing season and can exacerbate the effects of both early and late season heat and drought stress which limits canopy development, grain-filling and ultimately yield.

This Flagship Project aims to identify key genetic and physiological controllers of phenology (periodic processes) and to deploy these via molecular breeding. It will also explore agronomic and precision agriculture interventions that maximise optimal environmental conditions. The project will have practical implications leading to improved resilience in wheat.



Dr Alison Bentley

National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB)

Dr Cristobal Uauy

John Innes Research Centre (JIC)


Professor Sigrid Heuer (Rothamsted Research)

Achla Sharma (Punjab Agricultural University: PAU)

Parveen Chhuneja (Punjab Agricultural University: PAU)

Rizwana Maqbool (University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan)


Tess Dilks (Rothamsted Research)

Robert Jackson (NIAB)


Latest news

TIGR2ESS is recruiting

18 December 2018

The TIGR2ESS team in Cambirdge is recruiting a half-time Impact, Data and Outreach Manager. Please check out the advert on the University of Cambridge job opportunities page, here . Please note that applications for this vacancy have now closed.

Global Food Security International Symposium, 8-9 April 2019

14 December 2018

Registration for the Global Food Security International Symposium will soon start. Applicatons for flash talks and posters can be submitted already. Please send your name, title of talk or poster, and a short summary of what you will present (max. 100 words) to . Further details about the...

TIGR2ESS workshop in New Delhi on data mining and the use of 'R'

14 November 2018

The next TIGR2ESS event will be a joint FP2/FP3 workshop, to take place in New Delhi in February/March 2019. The workshop will focus on the use of 'R' for biological data analysis and advanced crop genomics as well as expore different techniques for data mining from literature. The workshop is jointly organised by Dr...