Genetic Research On Wheat (GROW) is a national project to involve school students in wheat research. Langton students will have the opportunity to engage in authentic scientific research along with professional scientists.
GROW aims to involve students across the UK in improving wheat crops by growing varieties of wheat and studying a gene that has the potential to produce drought-tolerant high yield wheat strains. This will provide the opportunity for students to take part in tackling the challenge of providing Global Food Security to feed the growing population.
The project will engage students in plant sciences, introduce them to the requirements of conducting ground breaking research and provide an insight into the careers available through further study of biological sciences. The ultimate outcome of the project will be peer reviewed findings published in a scientific journal that will push forward the boundaries of human knowledge.
Students at Simon Langton Grammar School use a range of molecular biology techniques to investigate a cross-bred wheat population grown within a greenhouse on the school site.