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I want to make better crops for food production, but also understand the mechanisms that lay behind my traits of interest. I am since 2018 working at LTH within the industrial research center ScanOats (www.scanoats.se) and since autumn 2021 I am leading the oat genome work package. Within this group we are working with e.g. whole genome sequencing (both de novo and re-sequencing), mapping-by-sequencing to couple mutations to specific traits, and GBS to investigate the diversity of Nordic oats. Further, I am part of the PanOat consortium where we work with an upcoming oat pangenome. From 2024 I am partner in two new oat project.  The EU NPA Interreg project "OatFrontiers". The project will pilot plant breeding material in a number of trial sites in the Nordic countries and Ireland with the aim of identifying oat varieties suitable for the region and creating tools for plant breeders to develop them. The other project is a Nordic Private Public Partnership (PPP) in pre-breeding "RobOat - Robustnes of Nordic oats", where we aim to target biotic and abiotic stresses that are deemed to be more common in times iof climate change.

My main research interest is seed lipids. To develop crops with improved lipid profiles, and improved storage properties. Which means I am focusing on the enzymes involved in seed lipid biosynthesis and degradation. One of my main research questions within ScanOats has been to identify and characterize lipases involved in post-harvest lipid degradation in oat and develop low lipase oat varieties. Previously I have worked to characterize enzymes involved in triacylglycerol formation in Camelina sativa.

Outside research I teach Biochemistry and Gene Technology at the BT program at LTH, and I am a member of the steering committee of PlantLink.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

UKÄ subject classification

  • Genetics and Breeding
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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