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The Genetics & Biotechnology Lab of Prof. Charles Spillane conducts conducts genetics, epigenetics and agri-research on the following topics, using a combination of wet-lab and bioinformatic approaches:

  • Genetics & epigenetics of heterosis (hybrid vigour) in plants.
  • Parent-of-origin effects (e.g. genomic imprinting) on gene expression & phenotypes (Arabidopsis thaliana).
  • Genome dosage effects on gene expression & phenotypes (Arabidopsis thaliana).
  • Novel genetics for abiotic stress tolerance in plants (Arabidopsis thaliana).
  • Maize vitamin A biofortification breeding (with IITA). 
  • Biofuel & biorefinery biotechnology (Camelina sativa, diatoms).
  • Climate smart agriculture innovations

Our research group also has ongoing research activities in climate smart agriculture and on science policy-analysis, communication and outreach on agri-research innovations impacting on economic and social development, particularly relating to Ireland, EU and to poverty reduction in developing countries.