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Thomas Lubberstedt




Office: 1204 Agronomy Hall

Phone: 515-294-5356




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.

Recent publications:

Wollenweber, B., Porter, J., Lübberstedt, T. (2005) Need for multidisciplinary research towards a second green revolution. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 8: 1-5
Vernalization response in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) involves orthologues of diploid wheat (Triticum monococcum) VRN1 and rice (Oryza sativa) Hd1. Plant Mol. Biol. 60: 481-494
Bagge, M., Xia, X., Lübberstedt, T. (2007) Functional markers in wheat. Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 10: 1-6
Lübberstedt, T. (2007) Application of genomics in forage crop breeding. In: Genomics assisted crop improvement: Vol. 2: Genomics applications in Crops, R.K. Varshney und R. Tuberosa (eds.), Springer, Heidelberg 281-305