Therefore, the aim of our research area is to contribute to breeding research with an emphasis on the specific characteristics of ornamentals and specialty vegetables. Our research focuses on:
- The analysis of flower morphology and the biology of fertilisation
- The development of in vitro methods for the creation of new breeding material (including ploidy level changes )
- Molecular genotype identification
We specialise in analysing flower morphology mutations in heather (Calluna vulgaris). Candidate genes have been identified through flower transcriptome sequencing. By using different methods of gene expression analysis we can determine the role these candidate genes play in the development of different flower types.
Genotype identification using molecular markers is of high interest to breeding companies. Hence, research on this topic is realised in the form of third-party funded projects that depend on the breeder’s interest.
Moreover, within the scope of our expertise described above, we strive towards expanding research co-operation to include new third-party funded Projects.