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Aberystwyth University - Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences

Aberystwyth University - Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) has a strong commitment to underpin strategic research for breeding programmes in perennial ryegrass and other crops. It is the only university department in the UK with active plant breeding programmes and the infrastructure necessary for such activity. This includes an extensive germplasm collection, greenhouse facilities, pollen-proof isolation glasshouses, seed multiplication, field laboratories and the IBERS farm for field-based phenotyping. This is complemented by the creation of a National Plant Phenomics Centre ( for high-throughput phenotyping, which complements existing field and lab-based analytical chemistry (NIRS, GC-MS, etc). The impact of IBERS research on the development of improved forage and turfgrasses, as well as clovers, oats and pearl millet, was recently acknowledged by the award of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education. IBERS was also recently awarded the Excellence with Impact award from BBSRC for the University department that has made the greatest progress in embedding a culture of excellence alongside impact. It has also invested in infrastructure for next generation sequencing for genomics-based breeding, with the purchase of Roche 454, Illumina HiSeq2500/HiScanSQ/MiSeq and Ion Torrent PGM/Proton platforms. Finally, recent investment has led to the formation of a new High-Performance Computing cluster as part of new facilities across both campuses, with purchase of two large server clusters (one high processing capability, one high-memory) for analysis of large datasets for both the NGS and Phenomics facilities.