We follow multiple interconnected routes to identify novel sources of crop resistance, including analyses of natural trait variation and intra/inter-species genome exploration.
In-depth functional characterization is used to validate roles of candidate genes in crop immunity. Via comparative genomics we try to answer questions related to origin of traits and evolutionary effects of gene and genome duplication (polyploidization) on disease resistance. Current research projects are centered on disease resistance in lettuce and Brassica and, to a lesser extent, Solanaceous crops. Click the images below for more information.
"Unlocking the genetic diversity
hidden in crop wild relatives
provides novel genetic resources
to breed crops with more
durable disease resistance".
Department of Plant Sciences
6700 AA WAGENINGEN
6708 PB WAGENINGEN