Associated scientists

PlantLink Researcher in the Spotlight

Are you curious about what are the PlantLink Researchers at Lund University and SLU Alnarp doing? Do you want to know more about their research, daily work, and background?

We will visit PlantLink Researchers a few times per year and ask them to tell us a little bit about themselves.

February 2015: Inger Åhman

April 2015: Federico Gómez

May 2015: Laura Grenville-Briggs

Summer 2015: Eva Johansson and Allan Rasmusson

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

June 2018: Veiko Lehsten

October 2018: John Yong

December 2018: Pål Axel Olsson

February 2019: Anna Maria Jönsson

April 2019: Thomas Kraft

Summer 2019: Åsa Lankinen

October 2019: Thomas Moritz (new chair)

November 2019: Inger Åhman

April 2020: Sofia Marmon (new coordinator)

August 2020: Paul Becher

September 2020: Mariette Andersson

October 2020: Allan Rasmussen

February 2021: Kristina Karlsson Green

April 2021: Olof Olsson

May 2021: Alf Ceplitis

June 2021: Tina d’Hertefeldt

September 2021: Ida Lager

November 2021: Nils Cronberg

December 2021: Ramesh Vetukuri

February 2022: Øystein Opedal

April 2022: Federico Gómez

May 2022: Anna Maňourová

June 2022: Erik Alexandersson

August 2022: Alfredo Zambrano

September 2022: Sajeevan Radha Sivarajan

October 2022: Lise Lykke Steffensen

November 2022: Rodomiro Ortiz

January 2023: Karolina Östbring

PlantLink Focus Areas and their Associated scientists (in no specific order)

1 Plant breeding and engineering

Per Hofvander, Mariette Andersson, 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 at Deparmtnet of Plant Breeding, SLU Alnarp, 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).

Olof Olsson leads the oat group at Pure and Applied Biochemistry at LTH, focuing on the development of new oat varieties with improved traits,

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 the departmet of Chemistry, LU, studies bioactive secondary metabolites.

Patrick Adlercreutz’ group at division of Biotechnology, LTH, works with enzymatic reactions for example to tailor lipids and production of prebiotics.

Federico Gómez at Department of Food Technology, Engineering and Nutrition at LU research focus on processing concepts based on the application of pulsed electric fields and minimal processing of vegetables and fruits.

Rajni Hatti Kaul at Division of Biotechnology, LTH, works on biotechnology solutions for production of chemicals and biomaterials, e.g. conversion of renewable feedstocks into value added products.

Henrik Stålbrand’s group at Center for Molecular Protein Science, LU, focus on the enzymology of hemicellulase hydrolysis, which has important applications in the food/feed and pulp/paper industries.

Eva Johansson’s research group at the Faculty of Landscape Planning, Horticulture and Crop Production Sciences, SLU Alnarp, work with product-quality of crops for food feed and industry products and for use in a bio-refinery concept

Beatrix Alsanius, LTV faculty, SLU. Her research and field of expertise are microbial interactions in horticultural value networks.

3 Abiotic stress

Urban Johanson at Department of Biochemistry and Structural Biology, LU, study various aspects of aquaporins and abiotic stress in plants.

Olivier Van Aken’s lab,  part of the Plant Biology Group, LU, focus on understanding signal transduction pathways that regulate gene expression in response to environmental stress.

Cecilia Emanuelsson‘s group at Center for Molecular Protein Science, LU, studies among other things heat-shock proteins in plants, how they interact and can increase plant stress tolerance.

Jean Yong’s group focusses on Sustainable Plant production and Biostimulants across various horticultural, agricultural and ecological context, and belongs to the Department of Biosystems and Technology at SLU Alnarp.

4 Biotic interactions

Pål Axel Olsson and collegues at Center for Environmental and Climate Research, LU, 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 on Phytophthorainfestans and Alternaria infection in potato.

Åsa Lankinen at Department of Plant Protection Biology, SLU Alnarp, focuses on ecological, evolutionary and genetic aspects of plant interactions with pathogens, pests and pollinators.

Anders Tunlid is part of Microbial Ecology at LU and have interests in microbial genomics and bioinformatical solutions.

Georg Carlsson at the Department of Biosystems and Technology, SLU Alnarp, performs research about the symbiotic interactions between legumes and rhizobia and their implications on N dynamics from the rhizosphere to the cropping system scales.

Peter Witzgall and Ylva Hillbur 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 LU studies aspects of insect chemical communication with a focus on the evolutionary and applied aspects of pheromone communication in moths.

Siri Caspersen at the Department of Biosystems and Technology, SLU Alnarp, has research interests within plant – soil interactions, including plant nutrition, mycorrhizal symbiosis and root biology. The focus of my present research is phosphorus efficiency and phosphorus availability in horticultural crops, and also the utilization of mycorrhizal symbiosis in horticultural crop production.

Paul Becher and his group at Department of Plant Protection Biology, SLU Alnarp, researches chemically mediated interactions between organisms like host finding and sexual communication.

In a collaboration between Lund University and SLU Alnarp, Magne Friberg, LU, Anna Runemark, LU, and Kristina Karlsson Green, SLU Alnarp, integrate ecology and genomics to study the evolution and coevolution of plant-insect interactions.

Laura Greenville-Briggs Didymus‘s group Plant Pathology Lab at the department of Plant Protection Biology, SLU Alnarp,  focuses on the molecular and genetic determinants of disease in oomycete and fungal plant pathogens in combination with molecular analysis of interactions between microbial biocontrol agents and their prey.

Johan A Stenberg leads the Strawberry Lab at SLU Alnarp.

Allan Rasmusson‘s research focuses on the mitochondrion and redox signalling in plants. This research is part of the Plant Biology Group at LU.

5 Modelling and informatics

Dag Ahrén at the Division of molecular cell biology, LU, has his primary interest in understanding genetic and genomic mechanisms related to fungal host interactions (parasitic as well as symbiotic).

The group of Henrik Jönsson‘s (at Computational Biology and Biological Physics, LU) 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.

Lars Eklund, also at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, leads research on remote sensing of vegetation from ground, air and sattelite. He is interested in studying dynamic variations in plant growth, and interactions with climate drivers and the carbon cycle.

6 – Plants, People and Society

Dennis Eriksson, Plant breeding, SLU Alnarp

Deniz Koca, CEC, LU

Lena Ekelund Axelsson, LTV, SLU

Agnes Andersson Djurfeldt, The department of Human Geography, LU

Johanna Alkan Olsson, CEC, LU

Anna Maria Jönsson, Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science, LU

Fredrik Fernqvist, SLU

Bente Eriksen, director at the Botanical Garden, LU