PlantLink Researcher in the Spotlight
Are you curious about what the PlantLink Researchers at Lund University and SLU Alnarp are doing? Do you want to know more about their research, their daily work, and their background?
Once per month, we will visit a PlantLink Researcher and ask them to tell us a little bit about themselves.
February 2015: Inger Åhman
April 2015: Federico Gómez
May 2015: Laura Grenville-Briggs
October 2015: Per Hofvander
November 2015: Cecilia Emanuelsson
December-January 15/16: Young Formas researchers
April 2016: Aakash Chawade
Maj 2016: Mats Hansson
September 2016: Georg Carlsson
October 2016: Tina D’Hertefeldt
November 2016: Hilde Nybom
March 2017: Leif Bülow
September 2017: Olivier Van Aken
November 2017: Edith Hammer
December 2017: Thérese Bengtsson
March 2018: Magne Friberg
1 Plant breeding and engineering
Sten Stymne, Per Hofvander, Li-Hua Zhu and Inger Åhman are PIs at the Department of Plant Breeding at SLU Alnarp. Their research includes studies of molecular mechanisms underlying plant oil biosynthesis and the carbon flow from starch to oil, genetic modification of important traits such as the rooting ability, early flowering, starch and oil qualities, and plant breeding for increased plant resistance.
Faculty Professor Rodomiro Ortiz focuses his research on basic, strategic and applied undertakings in crop improvement. His breeding efforts are concentrated on the utilization of wild species and landraces for the development of elite progenitors and cultivars adapted to the environmental conditions.
Hilde Nybom together with senior scientists Kimmo Rumpunen and Ibrahim Tahir lead the work at SLU Balsgård. The research is focused on fruit and berry quality including health-related properties, and on the control of resistance against various fungal diseases (apple, sea buckthorn) and gall mites (black currants).
Leif Bülow’s group at Pure and Applied Biochemistry at LTH focuses on genetic engineering applied on plant systems.
2 ‘Post-harvest’ – quality and new products
Olov Sterner’s group at Lund University studies bioactive secondary metabolites.
Patrick Adlercreutz’ group works with enzymatic reactions for example to tailor lipids and production of prebiotics.
Federico Gómez‘ research focus on processing concepts based on the application of pulsed electric fields and minimal processing of vegetables and fruits.
Rajni Hatti Kaul works on biotechnology solutions for production of chemicals and biomaterials, e.g. conversion of renewable feedstocks into value added products.
Henrik Stålbrand’s group focuses on the enzymology of hemicellulase hydrolysis, which has important applications in the food/feed and pulp/paper industries.
Eva Johansson’s research group work with product-quality of crops for food feed and industry products and for use in a bio-refinery concept
3 Abiotic stress
Olivier Van Aken’s lab focuses on understanding signal transduction pathways that regulate gene expression in response to environmental stress.
Cecilia Emanuelsson‘s group studies among other things heat-shock proteins in plants, how they interact and can increase plant stress tolerance.
4 Biotic interactions
Pål Axel Olsson and collegues work on plant-microbial networks in grasslands focusing on carbon cycling and diversity and ecophysiology of mycorrhizal fungi.
The plant resistance group led by Erik Andreasson at SLU Alnarp studies how plants defend themselves against oomycetes and fungi and focuses onPhytophthorainfestans andAlternariainfection in potato.
Åsa Lankinen focuses on ecological, evolutionary and genetic aspects of plant systems, exploring e.g. plant stress responses and pollen competition in the pistil.
Anders Tunlid is part of Microbial Ecology at Lund University and have interests in microbial genomics and bioinformatical solutions.
Georg Carlsson performs research about the symbiotic interactions between legumes and rhizobia and their implications on N dynamics from the rhizosphere to the cropping system scales.
Ylva Hillbur and Peter Witzgall both at Chemical Ecology at SLU Alnarp work on plant-insect interaction and on how the chemical communication works using insects as the model systems.
Christer Löfstedt‘s group at Lund University studies aspects of insect chemical communication with a focus on the evolutionary and applied aspects of pheromone communication in moths.
5 Modelling and informatics
The group of Henrik Jönsson‘s main interest is to develop models for multicellular develpmental systems within the emerging field of Computational Morphodynamics. In his group Carl Troein studies the function and evolutionary origins of gene regulatory systems, in particular the circadian clock of plants.
Aakash Chawade at the Department of Plant Breeding at SLU studies genetic, molecular and physiological mechanisms underlying biotic and abiotic stresses primarily in wheat.
The group of Anna Maria Jönsson at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science develops models to assess climate impacts on plants, insects and their interactions.
In the same department, Lars Eklundh leads research on remote sensing of vegetation from ground, air, and satellite. He is interested in studying dynamic variations in plant growth, and interactions with climate drivers and the carbon cycle.