Dr Brittany Hazard

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Improving the health impact of wheat starch

My research aims to improve the health impact of wheat starches using multidisciplinary approaches across crop, food and health sciences.  My primary expertise is crop genetics and trait development.  Previously I worked on developing durum wheat with increased levels of resistant starch (an important dietary fibre) at the University of California, Davis.

Key Publications

Schönhofen, A., Hazard, X. Zhang and J, Dubcovsky. Registration of common wheat germplasm with mutations in SBEII genes conferring increased grain amylose and resistant starch content. Journal of Plant Registrations 10:200-205 (2016).

Hazard, B., X. Zhang, M. Naemeh, M. K. Hamilton, B. Rust, H. E. Raybould, J. W. Newman, R. Martin, and J. Dubcovsky. Mutations in durum wheat SBEII genes affect grain yield components, quality, and fermentation responses in rats. Crop Science 55:1–13 (2015).

Hazard, B., X. Zhang, M. Naemeh, and J. Dubcovsky. Registration of durum wheat germplasm lines with combined mutations in SBEIIa and SBEIIb genes conferring increased amylose and resistant starch. Journal of Plant Registrations 8:334–338 (2014).

Hazard, B., X. Zhang, P. Colasuonno, C. Uauy, D.M. Beckles, and J. Dubcovsky. Induced mutations in the starch branching enzyme II (SBEII) genes increase amylose and resistant starch content in durum wheat. Crop Science 52:1754–1766 (2012).

Corrado M, Zafeiriou P, Ahn-Jarvis J, Savva G, Edwards CH, Hazard B. (2023)

Impact of storage on starch digestibility and texture of a high-amylose wheat bread

Food Hydrocolloids, 135

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Hazard B, Fahy B, Gonzalez O, Savva G, Ahn-Jarvis J, Warren F, Lovegrove A, Dunn . (2022)

Loss of Starch Synthase IIIa changes starch molecular structure and granule morphology in grains of hexaploid bread wheat

Scientific Reports, 12, 10806

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Corrado M., Cherta-Murillo A., Chambers E., Wood A., Plummer A., Lovegrove A., Edwards C. H., Frost G., Hazard B. A.. (2019)

Effect of semolina pudding prepared from starch branching enzyme II a and b mutant wheat on glycaemic response in vitro and in vivo: a randomised controlled pilot study

Food and Function

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Ghosh S., Watson A., Gonzalez-Navarro O. E., Ramirez-Gonzalez R., Yanes L., Mendoza-Suárez M., Simmonds J., Wells R., Rayner T., Green P., Hafeez A., Hayta S., Melton R. E., Steed A., Sarkar A., Carter J., Perkins L., Lord J., Tester M., Osbourn A., Moscou M. J., Nicholson P., Harwood W., Martin C., Domoney C., Uauy C., Hazard B., Wulff B. B. H., Hickey L. T.. (2018)

Speed breeding in growth chambers and glasshouses for crop breeding and model plant research

Nature Protocols

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