Ancient barley landraces adapted to marginal soils demonstrate exceptional tolerance to manganese limitation

Sidsel Birkelund Schmidt, Timothy George, Lawrie Brown, Allan Booth, John Wishart, Pete Hedley, Peter Martin, Joanne Russell, Soren Husted

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Micronutrient deficiency in cereals is a problem of global significance, severely reducing grain yield and quality in marginal soils. Ancient landraces represent, through hundreds of years of local adaptation to adverse soil conditions, a unique reservoir of genes and unexplored traits for enhancing yield and abiotic stress tolerance. Here we explored and compared the genetic variation in a population of Northern European barley landraces and modern elite varieties, and their tolerance to manganese (Mn) limitation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalAnnals Of Botany
Early online date15 Dec 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Dec 2018



  • Barley landraces
  • Hordeum vulgare
  • evolutionary biology
  • genetic diversity
  • adaptation
  • marginal soils
  • micronutrients
  • nutrient use efficiency
  • sustainable agriculture

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