Almost all our work involves international collaborations, and we have ongoing collaborations and visiting workers from multiple laboratories in the five continents. We all benefit from these collaborations since we learn extend our comparative knowledge, and collaborators learn about the molecular cytogenetics of their species. Most projects involve species of agricultural, horticultural or arboricultural importance.
See also the page about British Council collaborations.

International Organizations: IAEA  
Pat Heslop-Harrison and Trude Schwarzacher are both involved with UN IAEA (International Atomic Energy Authority) projects in the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme "Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture" Genetics and Plant Breeding Unit. They regularly present courses and join research project meetings.
International Organizations: Global Musa Genomics Consortium See the Biobanana page of this site too
We are a member of the Global Musa Genomics Programme of INIBAP-IPGRI. Currently we are involved in a project coordinated by Takuji Sasaki for the Generation Challenge Programme 'Unlocking Genetic Diversity in Crops for the Resource Poor' with respect to Banana/Musa.
Pararetroviruses and genome infection - see separate page for this EU Framework programme
Now complete: EC-wide: Biodiversity and Transposable Elements
Conifer Genome Organization
Dr Susanne Barth, TEAGASC, The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority. We have an exciting joint project on QTLs and molecular cytogenetics in Lolium, ryegrass, hybrids which show strong biomass . At the end of 2007, there are two PhD students working on the project - Olli Anhalt and TEAGASC Walsh Fellow - click on their names for details fo the projects (link toTEAGASC Oak Park Student page)
Professor Henrique Guedes-Pinto (, Dr Raquel Chaves (Link to our project on site: Diversity and chromosome evolution in goat and cattle landraces) Dr Carlos Ribiero-Carvalho (Introgression of rye chromatin into wheat), Dr Ze Eduardo Lima-Brito (multiple interspecific hybrids in the Triticeae)  
Professor Thomas Schmidt (Dresden): Sugar beet genome organization and the chromosome model (British Council)  
Niels Jacobsen, Marian Orgaard, Stefan Frello (Chromosome evolution in Crocus)  
University of Trivandrum, Kerala, South India. See MSc, PhD and collaborators links. Studies of banana diversity, genes and genetics, and informatic analysis of genomic DNA and heterozygosity.

Spain: Dr Angeles Cuadrado and Nicolas Jouve (Cereal chromosome evolution)

:Italy: Domenico Pignone: (Repetitive DNA sequences in Dasypyrum and others species)

Central and Eastern Europe

Poland: Prof. Jola Maluszynska
Czech Republic:
Kiev, Ukraine: Dr Elena Alkhimova and Peter Smalko: Medicinal Alkaloid Production and Tissue Culture Effects on the Plant Genome


Research Institute of Bioresources, Kurashiki
Molecular Genetics Group: Professor M Murata (Centromeric DNA sequences: structure and function)

Takuji Sasaki and Dr Matsumoto, Rice Genome Program, NIAS, Tsukuba, JAPAN for the Generation Challenge Programme


Malaysian Palm Oil Board (formerly PORIM)

The Americas

URUGUAY (University of the Republic, Montevideo)
Pablo Speranza: Paspalum genome relationships
Prof. Alvaro Novello: Repetitive DNA sequence and chromosomal evolution in Ctenomys
Drs Ruben Perez and Panzera: Repetitive DNA sequences in Triatoma


Prof. Magarida Aguiar de Perecin, University of San Paulo, Piracicaba
Dr Gustavo Kuhn - Satellite DNA evolution in Drosophila.
Proejcts on Musa genomics within the Generation Challange Programme



Dr Julian Osuji, University of Port Harcourt and IITA - Banana genome differentiation and BSV infection (with Dr Glyn Harper and Prof Roger Hull, John Innes Centre)


Thomas Cunneen, Peter Sharp - Chrysanthemum and relatives
Phil Taylor, the late Bruce Knox - Lolium antigen localization of genes