Plant Nutrition – University of Copenhagen

Contact research group leader

Søren Husted
Professor
M: shu@plen.ku.dk
Ph:  +45 35 33 34 98

The Plant Nutrition research group focuses on nutrient acquisition and utilization by higher plants and the functions of mineral elements in plant metabolism, plant productivity, plant-environment interactions and stress tolerance.

Our overall goal is to increase nutrient use efficiency by contributing to development of new crop genotypes and fertilization strategies, the latter incorporating new tools for diagnosis of the nutritional status of plants and soils.  

We have established advanced technology platforms for high-throughput profiling of mineral elements and their binding forms (speciation) in plants using liquid chromatography ICP-MS and laser ablation ICP-MS. This platform is complemented by state-of-the-art facilities for molecular work at gene and protein level. In addition we have established systems for studies at leaf and whole-plant level of photosynthesis, chlorophyll fluorescence and trace gas exchange.