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Department: Agronomy; RF Baker Center for Plant Breeding
Research Interests: Plant Breeding (maize and perennial grasses), Genomics
Brief description of current research:
Application and development of tools and methods provided by genome analysis (especially DNA markers) to understand composition of complex traits and phenomena, to determine and exploit genetic diversity in elite and exotic germplasm, and apply this knowledge to plant breeding. The crop focus is on maize and ryegrass; the trait focus on forage quality, vernalisation response, resistance, and heterosis. Most current activities are aiming at the development of gene-derived, "functional" markers and their implementation in plant breeding, as well as on breeding bioenergy crops.
Wollenweber, B., Porter, J., Lübberstedt, T. (2005) Need for multidisciplinary research towards a second green revolution. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 8: 1-5