Dr Katherine Steele

Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Crop Production

Contact info

Room: G5 Thoday Building, School of Natural Sciences

Tel: 01248 388655 (from U.K.)  +44 1248 388655 (International)

Web: Research Gate Twitter @kasSteele

Webinar: KASP markers for rice breeders

YouTube: Rice growing at Henfaes

Contact Info

Room: G5 Thoday Building, School of Natural Sciences

Tel: 01248 388655 (from U.K.)  +44 1248 388655 (International)

Web: Research Gate Twitter @kasSteele

Webinar: KASP markers for rice breeders

YouTube: Rice growing at Henfaes

Research

My lab is focused on tackling global food security issues. We use genomics tools and in work in partnership with growers, breeders and industry to develop novel crop varieties for sustainable agriculture. Current projects use genetic diversity in wild relatives and landraces and analysis of quantitative traits to inform marker-assisted selection for trait improvement in economically important species.

KASP genomic selection: improving farmers' livelihoods through better rice varieties

I am the Bangor University PI on this Innovate UK DFID-funded project which has three partners from the UK (LGC Genomics, Bangor University, AgriEPIcentre) and four partners from South Asia (NARC, Anamolbiu Private Ltd. (APL), NIBGE and SKUAST). The project aims to improve the efficiency of molecular breeding in rice by accelerating the uptake of KASP technology for application by breeders. An overall goal is to encourage large scale application of KASP in Genomic Selection (GS). 

Bangor University colleagues on this project are Prof. John Witcombe (Nepal Breeding Consultant) and Dr Mark Quinton-Tulloch (Bioinformatics Research, 2015-2020). 

Overview

Responsibilities within Bangor University

Director of Impact & Engagement for College of Environmental Science and Engineering

Member of Henfaes Research Centre Committee

Module organiser for Honours Projects and Plant Diversity and Conservation

Supervise Research Postrgraduates

Teaching and Supervision

Current Postgraduate Research Supervised by Katherine Steele

Recent PhD research project supervised 

WILLING TO SUPERVISE PROJECTS IN THE FOLLOWING GENERAL AREAS:
Crop genetics – with emphasis on rice, barley, tomato, potato and the genetic and environmental effects on their abiotic and biotic stress resistance. Quantitative trait locus (QTL) mapping, functional foods; sustainable food, fuel and fibre production and plant pathology. Projects involving molecular markers, genomics, field or glasshouse experiments and participatory methods/citizen science will be considered. Enquiries welcome.

Teaching

Module organiser for: DXX3701 (Honours Project) and DXX2021 (Plant Diversity and Conservation)

Contribute to a range of other modules including DXX1001, DXX2000, BNS2002, BSM4013

Other

Previously, I worked in Bangor Universiy's former Centre for Arid Zone Studies (CAZS) as a Research Officer and was PI on three rice research projects funded by the DFID Plant Sciences Research Programme (1998-2006).

I am a member of the UK Rice Research Consortium (UKRRC)

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2006 - Professional , Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education , Bangor University
  • 1998 - PhD , Molecular Plant Pathology
  • 1994 - MSc , Applied Genetics
  • 1993 - BSc , Biology
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