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Susanne Barth

Research Officer

Research Interests

A Senior Research Officer, my research programme is focused on forage species, grass weeds and cereals. I am interested in genetic resources (including in situ conservation strategies), reproductive traits (self-incompatibility, flowering time, control of meiotic recombination), biomass yield and heterosis, quality traits like water soluble carbohydrates, abiotic stresses (flooding, cold and drought) and herbicides resistance in grass weeds.

Genomics activities have been the sequencing the perennial ryegrass nuclear (Velmurugan et al. 2016, Annals of Botany), chloroplast (Diekmann et al. 2009, DNA Research) and mitochondrial genomes (Diekmann K, Hodkinson TR, Wolfe K & Barth S (2012) First insights into the mitochondrial genome of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne). In: Breeding Strategies for sustainable forage and turf grass improvement (Barth S and Milbourne D eds) Springer, Dordrecht, 2012 p 141 - 146 (ISBN 978-94-007-4554-4) (DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-4555-1) and the development of functional tools based on the sequence information. I took part in the consortium who assembled the Miscanthus sinensis genome (Mitros et al (2020) Genome biology of the paleotetraploid perennial C4 grass Miscanthus. Nature Communications 11: 5442 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-18923-6).

Between 2011 and 2015 I coordinated the FP7 funded cooperative GrassMargins project which focussed on bioenergy crops on marginal lands.

I am since 2009 a handling editor with the journal ‘Annals of Botany’ (http://aob.oxfordjournals.org/; 2019 Impact factor 4.0005) and since 2018 a handling editor with ‘Agronomy’ (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/agronomy; 2019 Impact factor 2.603). I served for some years on the editorial advisory board of Global Change Biology –Bioenergy.

I have edited two books: 1) Barth, S. & Milbourne, D. (eds) (2012) Breeding Strategies for sustainable forage and turf grass improvement, Springer, Dordrecht, 2012 (ISBN 978-94-007-4554-4) (DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-4555-1). And 2) Barth S, Murphy-Bokern D, Kalinina O, Taylor G & Jones MB (eds.) (2016) Perennial Biomass Crops for a Resource Constrained World, Springer, Cham/Switzerland (ISBN 978-3-319-44530-4) DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-44530-4published November 2016

I am since 2010 a Research Associate with Trinity College Dublin. Because of my interest in the conservation of genetic resources I am serving as a member of the Plant Panel of the Genetic Resources Scientific advisory board of the Irish Department, Agriculture, Food and the Marine and a member of the ECPGR forages working group: https://www.ecpgr.cgiar.org/working-groups/forages

Funding for my projects comes from EU Marie Curie Cofund/ Irish Research Council (IRC), FP7, Teagasc, & The Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM).

Current Projects

  • ‘Enable Conservation Tillage (ECT)’ led by Michael Hennessy, European Innovation Partnerships Initiative EIP, Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 (project partner)
  • Biology of regenerative traits in perennial ryegrass for applications in breeding; Teagasc internally funded (project lead).
  • ‘Applied genome editing to enable hybrid breeding in perennial ryegrass for the higher yield ofquality animal feed that supports competitiveness, profitability and sustainability of Ireland's low cost dairy and meat production: Marie Curie Fellowship to Dr Sergei Kushnir, Co-fund between Enterprise Ireland and EU Horizon 2020.
  • Genomic evaluation for the sustainable improvement of Sitka spruce funded through COFORD programme (17/C/297; project coordinator Niall Farrelly)
  • ‘EXPECT’: Expanding the alternative use and circularity potential of crops; Teagasc internally funded (project coordinator Ewen Mullins).
  • ‘Virtual Irish Centre of Crop Improvement’ (VICCI), DAFM Research Stimulus Fund 14/S/819 (Work package leader)

Recent past projects:

  • ‘Herbicide resistance of weed grasses in Irish arable crop systems’, Teagasc core funding & Irish Seed Trade Association. - Herbicide resistance in Irish grass weeds - T Research, Summer 2017
  • ‘SI for hybrid breeding’, EU Marie Curie Cofund/IRC: Marie Curie Postdoctoral project for Dr Abel Gari, a collaborative project with Gorta – Self Help Africa
  • ‘Changes in allele frequencies of perennial ryegrass populations under different management regimes’, Irish Research Council and Teagasc core funding.


-From 1990-1996 I studied Agricultural Sciences at the University Hohenheim and Technical University Munich Weihenstephan: Area of specialization: Plant Sciences (majors: plant nutrition, plant pathology, agronomy; minors: grassland science, forestry). My thesis was on: ‘Evaluation of different Quinoa genotypes – phenology, morphology, and dry matter production’ at the Department of Crop Production and Grassland Management/Hohenheim, Prof. Aufhammer & Dr. H.P. Kaul ; finishing with Diplom Ingenieur Agrarwissenschaften (Dipl. Ing. sc. agr.). During my studies I worked as student assistant in field trials at the Institute of Crop Production and Grassland Management in Hohenheim assisting in field trials with bioenergy and fibre crops (hemp, kenaf and ramie) and alternative crops (amaranth, quinoa, and buckwheat).

-From 1997 to 2001 I completed a PhD at the Institute of Plant Breeding and Applied Genetics at the University of Hohenheim under the supervision of Prof. A.E. Melchinger and Dr. Th. Lübberstedt: PhD thesis: ‘The variability of recombination frequencies in Arabidopsis thaliana’ finishing with Dr. sc. agr., ‘magna cum laude’.

  • 70 De Vega JJ, Teshome A, Klaas M, Grant J, Finnan J, Barth S (2021) Physiological and transcriptional response to drought stress among bioenergy grass Miscanthus species. Biotechnology for Biofuels 14:60; https://doi.org/10.1186/s13068-021-01915-z
  • 69 Curran N, Grogan D, Milbourne D, Byrne SL, O’Riordan E, Hanley M, Grant J, Hodkinson TR, Barth S (2020) Persistency, yield, and silage quality of Festulolium hybrids over an extended time under a mild Atlantic climate. Biologia Plantarum 64: 856-864; DOI: 10.32615/bp.2020.157
  • 68 Mitros T, Session A, James BT, et al, …..,Barth S, ….,Moose SP, Swaminathan K, Rokhsar DS (2020) Genome biology of the paleotetraploid perennial C4 grass Miscanthus. Nature Communications 11: 5442 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-18923-6
  • 67 Vijaya Bhaskar AV, Forristal PD, Cook SK, Staples J, Schilder D, Hennessy M, Barth S (2020) First report on assessing the severity of herbicide resistance to ACCase inhibitors pinoxaden, propaquizafop and cycloxydim in Irish Avena fatua. Agronomy 10, 1362; doi:10.3390/agronomy10091362
  • 66 Slatter LM, Barth S, Manzanares C, Velmurugan J, Place I, Thorogood D (2020) New sources of self-compatibility in the outcrossing grass species, perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne). Annals of Botany https://doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcaa140
  • 65 Barros KA; Esteves-Ferreira AA, Inaba M, Meally H, Finnan J, Barth S, Sulpice R(2020) Transient carbon reserves in barley: Malate, sucrose and starch are the main players, their quantitative involvement being light intensity and in part clock dependant. Frontiers in Plant Science DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2020.00209
  • 64 Barros KA, Esteves-Ferreira AA, Inaba M, Meally H, Finnan J, Barth S, Davis S, Sulpice R(2020) Diurnal patterns of growth and transient reserves of sink and source tissues are affected by cold nights in barley. Plant, Cell & Environment 43:1404-1420, doi: 10.1111/pce.13735
  • 63 Lucci GM, Henchion MM, Lange L, Ledgard SF, Collie SR, Cosgrove GP, Meyer AS, Graichen FHM, Barth S, Lenehan JJ (2019) Beyond ruminants: discussing opportunities for alternative pasture uses in New Zealand. Journal of New Zealand Grasslands 81: 217-222, doi:https://doi.org/10.33584/jnzg.2019.81.401
  • 62 Hodkinson TR, Perdereau A, Klaas M, Cormican P, Barth S (2019) Genotyping by sequencing and plastome analysis finds high genetic variability and geographical structure in Dactylis glomerata in NW Europe despite lack of ploidy variation. Agronomy 9, 342; doi:10.3390/agronomy9070342
  • 61 Klaas M, Haiminen N, Grant J, Cormican P, Finnan J, Arojju SK, Utro F, Vellani T, Parida L, Barth S (2019) Transcriptome characterization and differentially expressed genes under flooding and drought stress in the biomass grasses Phalaris arundinacea and Dactylis glomerata. Annals of Botany, doi: 10.1093/aob/mcz074
  • 60 Teshome A, Byrne SL, Didion T, De Vega J, Jensen CS, Klaas M, Barth S (2019) Transcriptome sequencing of Festulolium accessions under salt stress. BMC Research Notes 12:311. DOI :10.1186/s13104-019-4349-2
  • 59 Förster L, Grant J, Michel T, Ng C, Barth S (2018) Growth under cold conditions in a wide perennial ryegrass panel is under tight physiological control. PeerJ. doi: 10.7717/peerj.5520
  • 58 Velmurugan J, Milbourne D, Connolly V, Heslop-Harrison Pat (JS), Anhalt UCM., Lynch MB, Barth S (2018) An immortalized genetic mapping population for perennial ryegrass: A resource for phenotyping and complex trait mapping. Front. Plant Sci. 9:717. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2018.00717
  • 57 Arojju SK, Conaghan P, Barth S, Milbourne D, Casler MD, Hodkinson TR, Michel T & Byrne SL (2018) Genomic prediction of crown rust resistance in Lolium perenne. BMC Genetics, doi.org/10.1186/s12863-018-0613-z
  • 56 Byrne R, Spink J, Neve P, Freckleton R, Barth S (2018) A critical review towards integrated grass weed management in Ireland. Irish Journal of Agriculture and Food Research 57:15-28; DOI:10.1515/ijafr-2018-0003
  • 55 Meehan P, Burke B, Doyle D, Barth S, Finnan J (2017) Exploring the potential of grass feedstock from marginal land in Ireland: Does marginal mean lower yield? Biomass and Bioenergy, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2017.10.014
  • 54 Foito A, Hackett CA, Stewart D, Velmurugan J, Milbourne D, Byrne SL, Barth S (2017) Quantitative trait loci associated with different classes of polar metabolites in perennial ryegrass - providing scope for breeding towards increasing certain classes of polar metabolites. BMC Genetics, DOI: 10.1186/s12863-017-0552-0
  • 53 Thorogood D, Yates S, Manzanares C, Skot L, Hegarty M, Blackmore T, Barth S, Studer B (2017) A novel multivariate approach to phenotyping and association mapping of multi-locus gametophytic self-incompatibility reveals S, Z, and other loci in a perennial ryegrass (Poaceae) population. Frontiers in Plant Science, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01331
  • 52 Byrne SL, Conaghan P, Barth S, Arojju SK, Casler M, Michel T, Velmurugan J, Milbourne D (2017) Using variable importance measures to identify a small set of SNPs capable of predicting heading date in perennial ryegrass. Scientific Reports 7: 3566, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-03232-8
  • 51 Di Fenza M, Hogg B Grant J, & Barth S (2017) Transcriptomic response of maize primary roots to low temperatures at seedling emergence. PeerJ, DOI 10.7717/peerj.2839
  • 50 Arojju SK, Barth S, Milbourne D, Conaghan P, Velmurugan J, Hodkinson TR & Byrne SL (2016) Markers associated with heading and aftermath heading in perennial ryegrass full-sib families. BMC Plant Biology, 16(1):160. doi: 10.1186/s12870-016-0844-y
  • 49 Velmurugan J, Mollison EMB, Barth S, Marshall D, Milne L, Creevey C, Lynch B, Meally H, McCabe M, Milbourne D (2016) An ultra-high density genetic linkage map of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) using genotyping by sequencing (GBS) based on a reference shotgun genome assembly. Annals of Botany 118(1):71-87, DOI 10.1093/aob/mcw081
  • 48 Perdereau A, Klaas M, Barth, S & Hodkinson TR (2016) Plastid genome sequencing reveals biogeographic structure and extensive population genetic variation in wild populations of Phalaris arundinacea L. in north western Europe. Global Change Biology – Bioenergy, DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12362
  • 47 Barth S, Jankowska JM, Hodkinson TR, Vellani T & Klaas M (2016) Variation in sequences containing microsatellite motifs in the perennial biomass and forage grass, Phalaris arundinacea (Poaceae). BMC Research Notes 9:184 DOI: 10.1186/s13104-016-1994-6
  • 46 Manazanares C, Barth S, Thorogood D, Byrne SL, Yates S, Czaban A, Yang B, Asp T & Studer S (2015) A gene encoding a DUF247 domain protein co-segregates with the S self-incompatibility locus in perennial ryegrass. Molecular Biology and Evolution. doi:10.1093/molbev/msv335
  • 45 Barth S, McGrath S, Arojju SK & Hodkinson TR (2015) An Irish perennial ryegrass genetic resources collection clearly divides into two major gene pools. Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization doi:10.1017/S1479262115000611
  • 44 Lynch TMH, Barth S, Dix PJ, Grogan D, Grant J & Grant O (2015) Ground cover assessment of perennial ryegrass using digital imaging. Agronomy Journal: 107:2347-2352 (doi:10.2134/agronj15.0185)
  • 43 Hodkinson TR, Klaas M, Jones MB, Prickett R & Barth S (2014) Miscanthus: a case study for the utilization of natural genetic variation. Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization 1–20: (doi:10.1017/S147926211400094X)
  • 42 Haiminen N, Klaas M, Zhou Z, Utro F, Cormican P, Didion T, Jensen CS, Mason C, Barth S, Parida L (2014) Comparative exomics of Phalaris cultivars under salt stress. BMC Genomics 15 (Suppl 6):S18 (doi:10.1186/1471-2164-15-S6-S18)
  • 41 Foito A, Hackett CA, Byrne SL, Stewart D & Barth S (2014) Quantitative trait loci analysis to study the genetic regulation of non-polar metabolites in perennial ryegrass. Metabolomics, doi:10.1007/s11306-014-0703-5
  • 40  McGrath S, Hodkinson TR, Frohlich A, Grant J & Barth S (2013) Seasonal and genetic variation of water soluble carbohydrates and other quality traits in ecotypes and cultivars of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.). Plant Genetic Resources: Characterization and Utilization 12(2); 236–247, doi:10.1017/S1479262113000567
  • 39  Hodkinson TR, De Cesare M & Barth S (2013) Nuclear SSR markers for Miscanthus, Saccharum, and related grasses (Panicoideae, Poaceae). Applications in Plant Sciences 1 (11): 1300042
  • 38  Coffey MF, Barth S, Hayes K & Breen J (2013) The health status of Irish honeybee colonies in 2006. Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research 52: 39–51
  • 37  van den Bekerom, RJM, Dix PJ, Diekmann K & Barth S (2013) Variations in efficiency of plastidial RNA-editing within ndh transcripts of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) are not linked to differences in drought tolerance. AoB PLANTS (DOI 10.1093/aobpla/plt035)
  • 36  Gallagher E, Douglas GA, Kelly DK, Barth S, Kelleher CT & Hodkinson TR (2013) Old age sex: a parentage study of different age cohorts in a native veteran pendunculate oak (Quercus robur L.) woodland using microsatellite markers. Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 113B (2), 1-13 (DOI. 10.3318/BIOE.2013.15)
  • 35  Nagy I, Barth S, Mehenni-Ciz J, Abberton MT & Milbourne D (2013) A hybrid next generation transcript sequencing-based approach to identify allelic and homeolog-specific single nucleotide polymorphisms in allotetraploid white clover. BMC Genomics 14:100 (DOI:10.1186/1471-2164-14-100)
  • 34  Foito A, Byrne SL, Hackett C, Hancock RD, Stewart D & Barth S (2013) Short-term response in leaf metabolism of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) to alterations in nitrogen supply. Metabolomics 9: 145-156 (DOI: 10.1007/s11306-012-0435-3)
  • 33  Diekmann K Hodkinson TR & Barth S (2012) New chloroplast microsatellite markers prove to be suitable for assessing genetic diversity of Lolium perenne and other related grass species. Annals of Botany 110: 1327-1339 (doi:10.1093/aob/mcs044)
  • 32  Tomaszewski C, Byrne SL, Foito A, Kildea S, Kopecký D, Doležel J, Heslop-Harrison P(JS), Stewart D & Barth S (2012) Genetic linkage mapping in an F2 perennial ryegrass population using DArT markers. Plant Breeding 131: 345—349 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0523.2011.01944.x)
  • 31 Byrne SL, Foito A, Hedley PE, Morris JA, Stewart D, Barth S (2011) Early response mechanisms of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) to phosphorus deficiency. Annals of Botany 107: 243-254
  • 30  Klaas M, Yang B, Bosch M, Thorogood D, Armstead I, Franklin FCH, & Barth S (2011) Progress towards elucidating the mechanisms of self-incompatibility in the grasses: further insights from studies in Lolium. Annals of Botany 108(4): 677-685 (doi:10.1093/aob/mcr186)
  • 29 Cristilli M, Lynch MB, McGilloway D, Barth S, Boland TM (2010) Effect of variety, nitrogen fertilization and regrowth interval on fatty acid levels of perennial ryegrass post establishment. Advances in Animal Biosciences 04/2010; 1(01). DOI:10.1017/S2040470010002888
  • 28      Magee AM, Aspinall S, Rice DW, Cusack BP, Sémon M, Perry AS, Stefanovic S, Milbourne D, Barth S, Palmer JD, Gray JC Kavanagh TA, & Wolfe KH (2010) Localized hypermutation and associated gene losses in legume chloroplast genomes. Genome Research 20: 1700-1710 (doi:10.1101/gr.111955.110)
  • 27  McGrath S, Hodkinson TR, Charles MT, Zen D, & Barth S (2010) Variation in inflorescence characters and inflorescence development in ecotypes and cultivars of Lolium perenne L. Grass and Forage Science, 65: 398-409 (DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2494.2010.00759.x)
  • 26  Studer B, Kölliker R, Muylle H, Asp T, Frei UC, Roldán-Ruiz I, Barre P, Tomaszewski C, Meally H, Barth S, Skøt L,Armstead IP, Dolstra O & Lübberstedt T (2010) EST-derived SSR markers used as anchor loci for the construction of a consensus linkage map in ryegrass (Lolium spp.). BMC Plant Biology 10: 177 (DOI: 10.1186/1471-2229-10-177)
  • 25  de Cesare M, Hodkinson TR, & Barth S (2010) Chloroplast DNA markers (cpSSRs, SNPs) for Miscanthus, Saccharum and related grasses (Panicoideae, Poaceae). Molecular Breeding, 26: 539-544 (DOI: 10.1007/s11032-010-9451-z)
  • 24  Casey N, Milbourne D, Barth S, Febrer M, Jenkins G, Abberton MT, Jones C, & Thorogood D (2010) The genetic location of the self-incompatibility locus in white clover (Trifolium repens L.). Theoretical and Applied Genetics 121: 567-576 (DOI: 10.1007/s00122-010-1330-9)
  • 23  Byrne S, Durandeau K, Nagy I & Barth S (2010) Identification of ABC transporters from Lolium perenne L. that are regulated by toxic levels of Selenium. Planta 231:901-911 (DOI:10.1007/s00425-009-1096-y)
  • 22  Byrne S, Guiney E, Donnison I, Mur LAR, Milbourne D & Barth S (2009) Identification of genes involved in the floral transition at the shoot apical meristem of Lolium perenne L. by use of suppression subtractive hybridisation. Plant Growth Regulation 59: 215-225 (DOI: 10.1007/s10725-009-9407-7)
  • 21  Foito A, Byrne SL, Shepherd T, Stewart D & Barth S (2009) Transcriptional and metabolic profiles of Lolium perenne L. genotypes in response to a PEG-induced water stress, Plant Biotechnology Journal 7:719-732 (DOI:10.1111/j.1467-7652.2009.00437.x)
  • 20  Barth S, Forneck A, Verzeletti F, Blaich R & Schumann F (2009) Genotypes and phenotypes of an ex situ Vitis vinifera cv. sylvestris (Gmel.) Beger germplasm collection from the Upper Rhine Valley. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution 56: 1171-1181 (DOI 10.1007/s10722-009-9443-1)
  • 19  Anhalt UCM, Heslop-Harrison JS(Pat), Piepho HP, Byrne SL & Barth S (2009) Quantitative trait loci mapping for biomass yield traits in a Lolium inbred line derived F2 population, Euphytica, 170: 99-107 (DOI : 10.1007/s10681-009-9957-9)
  • 18  Yang B, Thorogood D, Armstead I, Franklin FCH & Barth S (2009) Identification of genes expressed during the self-incompatibility (SI) response in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.). Plant Molecular Biology, 70: 709-723 (DOI : 10.1007/s11103-009-9501-2)
  • 17  Diekmann K, Hodkinson TR, Wolfe KH, Bekerom Rvd, Dix PJ & Barth S (2009) Complete chloroplast genome sequence of a major allogamous forage grass species, perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.), DNA Research, 16(3): 165-176 (doi:10.1093/dnares/dsp008)
  • 16  Byrne S, Guiney E, Barth S, Donnison I, Mur LAJ & Milbourne D (2009) Identification of coincident QTL for days to heading, spike length and spikelets per spike in Lolium perenne L. Euphytica, 166: 61-70, DOI 10.1007/s10681-008-9831-1
  • 15  Diekmann K, Hodkinson TR, Fricke E & Barth S (2008) An optimized Chloroplast DNA Extraction Protocol for Grasses (Poaceae) Proves suitable for Whole Plastid Genome Sequencing and SNP Detection. PloS One 3(7): e2813. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0002813
  • 14  Anhalt UCM, Heslop-Harrison P(JS), Byrne S, Guillard A & Barth S (2008) Segregation distortion in Lolium - evidence for genetic effects. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 117: 297-306 (DOI 10.1007/s00122-008-0774-7)
  • 13  Yang B, Thorogood D, Armstead I & Barth S (2008) How far are we from unravelling self-incompatibility in grasses? New Phytologist 178: 740-753 (review article) (DOI 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2008.02421.x
  • 12  Studer B, Asp T, Frei U, Hentrup S, Meally H, Guillard A, Barth S, Muylle H, Roldán-Ruiz I, Barre P, Koning-Boucoiran C, Uenk-Stunnenberg G, Dolstra O, Skøt L, Skøt KP, Turner LB, Humphreys MO, Kölliker R, Roulund N, Nielsen KK & Lübberstedt T (2008) Expressed Sequence Tag-derived microsatellite markers of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) Molecular Breeding 21: 533-548, DOI 10.1007/s11032-007-9148-0
  • 11  McGrath S, Hodkinson TR & Barth S (2007) Extremely high cytoplasmic diversity in natural and breeding populations of Lolium (Poaceae). Heredity 99:531-544
  • 10  Kusterer B, Muminovic J, Utz HF, Piepho HP, Barth S, Heckenberger M, Meyer RC, Altmann T & Melchinger AE (2007) Analysis of a triple testcross design with recombinant inbred lines reveals a significant role of epistasis in heterosis for biomass-related traits in Arabidopsis. Genetics 175: 2009-2017
  • 9    McGrath S, Hodkinson TR, Salamin N & Barth S (2006) Development and testing of novel chloroplast microsatellite markers for Lolium perenne and other grasses (Poaceae) from de novo sequencing and in silico sequences. Molecular Ecology Notes 6: 449-452
  • 8    Klocke M, Mundt K, Idler C, McEniry J, O`Kiely P & Barth S (2006) Monitoring of Lactobacillus plantarum in grass silages with the aid of 16S rDNA based quantitative real-time PCR. Systematic and Applied Microbiology 29: 49-58
  • 7    Bolaric S, Barth S, Melchinger AE & Posselt UK (2005c): Molecular characterisation of genetic diversity in European germplasm of perennial ryegrass. Euphytica 146: 39-44
  • 6    Bolaric S, Barth S, Melchinger AE & Posselt UK (2005b) Molecular genetic diversity within and among German ecotypes in comparison to European perennial ryegrass cultivars. Plant Breeding 124: 257-262
  • 5    Bolaric S, Barth S, Melchinger AE & Posselt UK (2005a) Genetic diversity in European perennial ryegrass cultivars investigated with RAPD markers. Plant Breeding 124: 161-166
  • 4    Barth S, Busimi AK, Utz HF & Melchinger AE (2003) Heterosis for biomass yield and related traits in five hybrids of Arabidopsis thaliana L. Heynh. Heredity 91: 36-42
  • 3    Barth S, Melchinger AE & Lübberstedt T (2002) Genetic diversity in Arabidopsis thaliana L. Heyhn. investigated by cleaved amplified polymorphic sequences (CAPS) markers and inter simple sequence repeats (ISSR). Molecular Ecology 11: 507-518
  • 2    Barth S, Melchinger AE, Devezi-Savula B & Lübberstedt T (2001) Influence of genetic background and heterozygosity on meiotic recombination in Arabidopsis thaliana. Genome 44: 971-978
  • 1    Barth S, Melchinger AE, Devezi-Savula B & Lübberstedt T (2000) A high-throughput system for genome-wide measurement of genetic recombination in Arabidopsis thaliana based on transgenic markers. Functional & Integrative Genomics 1: 200-206


Currently I am (co)-supervising three PhD students: Tomas Byrne: Sitka spruce genetic diversity (University supervisor: Trevor Hodkinson/TCD); Niamh Curran: Change of allele frequencies in perennial ryegrass over time (main Teagasc supervisor Dan Milbourne; University supervisor: Trevor Hodkinson/TCD) and Diana Garzon on barley nitrogen nutrition (based at SRUC/Scotland, main supervisor Ian Bingham/ SRUC and Peter Doerner/ University of Edinburgh).

Dr Sergei Kushnir is working as an experienced scientist on a perennial ryegrass genome editing project