The research group carries out interdisciplinary research that combines molecular genetics, genomics and biotechnology with classical breeding of crop plants in order to meet the demand for yield, quality, new products and low input under changing climate conditions.
To enable this, plant genetic resources have been established such as genotyped collections of barley, wheat, pea and carrots and mutant populations. A platform, using conventional quantitative genetics and molecular marker technology with complementing approaches of QTL analysis and genome-wide association scan (GWAS), has been built for analysis of complex traits.
This will enable genomic selection and New Breeding Technologies such as site-directed mutagenesis and use of pre-breeding technologies.
Current research projects
- ClimBar: An integrated approach to evaluate and utilise genetic diversity
- GenSAP: Center for Genomic Selection in Animals and Plants
- Phenohunt - Physiological phenotyping based hunt for stress tolerance genes in wheat – understanding the photosynthetic efficiency under heat stress
- Pea genotyping - Propagation and characterization of old pea cultivars for modern Danish agriculture
- Plantepigment - Developing plants for production of natural colours for food
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences have various bachelor and master programs.