Unravelling the effects of winter temperature variation on arable crop yields

  • Thu 9 Jun 22

    13:00 - 14:00

  • Colchester Campus

    STEM 3.1

  • Event speaker

    Steven Penfield

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Life Sciences, School of

  • Contact details

    Amanda Cavanagh

Please note that the date of this seminar has changed from 19th May to 9th June.

In the UK we primarily grow winter annual crops which are sown in summer or autumn and flower the following spring. Here we investigate the cause of yield variation in winter oilseed rape and reveal a role for winter chilling in yield formation.

In this talk Steven Penfield will explore the consequences of variation in chilling intensity for crop development and yield, and in so doing propose a new model for the control of flowering time in winter annual species.


Steven Penfield completed his PhD at the John Innes Centre before moving to the University of York to study seed dormancy in the lab of Professor Ian Graham.

Steven was awarded a Royal Society Fellowship to study the effects of temperature on seed dormancy, and now runs a programme of Brassica research in the Department of Crop Genetics at the John Innes Centre, focussing on increasing resilience to weather and climate variation.

How to attend

This seminar is being held in person in STEM 3.1 (STEM Centre on Square 1, Colchester campus). You can also watch via Zoom (meeting ID: 925 4561 0277)

If you have any queries about this seminar please email Dr Amanda Cavanagh (a.cavanagh@essex.ac.uk).

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