Cutting-edge genomics to unravel the genetic basis of disease resistance in crop plants

Cutting-edge genomics to unravel the genetic basis of disease resistance in crop plants

Internship Description

A significant proportion of the global crop harvest is lost to diseases each year. A better understanding of the genetic and molecular components that control disease resistance in crop plants is thus of paramount importance to breed the cultivars capable of feeding 9-10 billion people by 2050.

The isolation of disease resistance genes from the important cereal crop plants wheat and barley is very challenging because these two crop species have very large and complex genomes. Our group has developed novel and rapid gene cloning approaches that combine the latest developments in genomics, molecular biology and bioinformatics.

This internship offers the possibility to learn these novel approaches and to be actively involved in a hands-on gene cloning project.

Deliverables/Expectations

Training in crop genomics, bioinformatics, phytopathology, and molecular biology​ 

Faculty Name

Simon Krattinger

Field of Study

Crop genetics