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Prof. Jochen C. Reif (Dept. Head)
[link]Quantitative Genetics 

 

Dr. Timothy Francis Sharbel

[link]Apomixis

 

Dr. Uwe Scholz
[link]Bioinformatics and Information Technology

 

Dr. Andreas Houben
[link]Chromosome Structure and Function 

 

Dr. Renate Schmidt

[link]Genome Plasticity 

 

Dr. Marion Röder
[link]Gene and Genome Mapping

 

Dr. Patrick Schweizer

[link]Pathogen Stress Genomics


Former Groups

Prof. Ingo Schubert

[link]Karyotype Evolution (discontinued by 31 December 2012)

 

Dr. Michael F. Mette
[link]Epigenetics (discontinued by 31 December 2012)

Department of Breeding Research

Head: [link]Prof. Jochen C. Reif

Secretary: [link]Inge Sporleder

 

 

 

Area of research: Breeding research

 

The focus of our work is in basic and applied research to provide knowledge and enable new approaches to improve plant breeding in a sustainable manner. The research activities of the department are structured into the three programs Chromosome Biology, Genome Analysis, and Breeding Informatics.

 

  

1. Chromosome Biology:

  • Unravelling the structure and function of plant chromosomes and chromosome segregation in the context of plant breeding, for example doubled haploid technology.
  • Development of engineered mini-chromosomes as an approach to simultaneously transfer and express genetically complex traits.
  • Research into the origin, genetic basis and evolution of apomixis.

 

2. Genome Analysis:

  • Dissecting the genetic architecture of agronomic traits through quantitative genetic approaches and mapping studies.
  • The application of genome-wide transcript profiling for a deeper understanding of seed traits and mechanisms of durable pathogen resistance.
  • Discovery, validation and characterization of candidate genes behind agronomic traits.

 

3. Breeding Informatics:

  • The study and implementation of algorithms to predict plant performance and to dissect the genetic architecture of agronomic traits.
  • Analysis of high dimensional *omics data sets.
  • Development of integrated information systems to enable *omics-based plant breeding.