of research groups
Prof. Jochen C. Reif (Dept. Head)
Dr. Timothy Francis Sharbel
Dr. Uwe Scholz
Bioinformatics and Information Technology
Dr. Andreas Houben
Chromosome Structure and Function
Dr. Renate Schmidt
Dr. Marion Röder
Gene and Genome Mapping
Dr. Patrick Schweizer
Prof. Ingo Schubert
Karyotype Evolution (discontinued by 31 December 2012)
Dr. Michael F. Mette
Epigenetics (discontinued by 31 December 2012)
Department of Breeding Research
Head: Prof. Jochen C. Reif
Secretary: 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.