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Renate Müller

Renate Müller


Research areas

  • Translational plant science
  • Floriculture, horticultural science and applied plant sciences
  • Postharvest biology and plant quality improvement
  • Ethylene biology, ethylene signal transduction pathways in flowering plants
  • Molecular biology, from genes to functions
  • In vitro culture and biotechnology
  • Plants for a better life - People plant relationships
  • Plants and human health

My research is focussing on the following topics

Floriculture and postharvest biology: Biology of quality improvement of ornamental plants with focus on studies of senescence proces­ses in plants, stress responses and hormonal regulation of flowering and senescence. Flower physiology and reproduction biology of ornamental plants. Examination of postharvest treatments of horticultural plants and development and evaluation of environmental friendly alternatives.

Translational Plant Science: Identification, cloning, characterisation of genes involved in quality and postharvest performance in ornamental plants. Genetic modification and other biotechnological techniques are used to engineer ornamental plants with improved quality and postharvest performance targeting reducing the use of chemicals in ornamental plant production.

Production physiology: Improvement of plants and production methods, domestication and creation of new plants, as well as alternative use of plants and plant products with the aim to reduce use of resources especially pesticides, fertilizer and energy.

Phosphate metabolism in plants: Phosphate sensing and starvation responses, interaction with carbohydrate metabolism. Gene expression studies by microarray analysis, characterization of mutants and transformation approaches.

People-plant relationships: Studies on how ornamental plants in indoor environments influence human health and well-being, directly and indirectly by affecting indoor climate. Analysis of the effect of plants on indoor air quality and removal of volatile compounds from the air.

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Transformation of Kalanchoe blossfeldiana with rol-genes is useful in molecular breeding towards compact growth

    Christensen, B., Sriskandarajah, S., Serek, M. & Müller, R. P. B. 2008 In : Plant Cell Reports. 27, 9, p. 1485-1495 11 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  2. Published

    Genetic engineering and sustainable production of ornamentals: current status and future directions

    Lütken, H. V., Clarke, J. L. & Müller, R. 2012 In : Plant Cell Reports. 31, 7, p. 1141-1157 17 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  3. Published

    People-plant relationships in an office workplace: preceived benefits for the workplaces and employees

    Thomsen, J. D., Sønderstrup-Andersen, H. H. K. & Müller, R. 2011 In : HortScience. 46, 5, p. 744-752 9 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  4. Published

    Genome-wide analysis of the arabidopsis leaf transcriptome reveals interaction of phosphate and sugar metabolism

    Müller, R., Morant, M., Jarmer, H., Nilsson, L. & Nielsen, T. H. 2007 In : Plant Physiology. 143, 1, p. 156-171 16 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

  5. Published
  6. Published

    Kalanchoe blossfeldiana transformed with rol-genes exhibits improved postharvest performance and increased ethylene tolerance

    Christensen, B. & Müller, R. 2009 In : Postharvest Biology and Technology. 51, 3, p. 399-406 8 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

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