Biodiversity and genetic variation
This group focuses on investigating and exploiting genetic variation and biodiversity. It develops and employs various genetic and genomic technologies (including motif directed profiling) to assess biodiversity between and within species, focusing on genetic variation at the allelic level.
Developing technologies for high throughput analysis is another point of attention. Structure and inheritance of the genetic variation is studied using genetic marker maps and through haplotype reconstruction. The study of neutral genetic variation is used in phylogenetic studies and for quantification of dispersal and gene flow.
Key focus area's
The study of functional diversity includes allelic variation for various quality and resistance traits and for the occurrence of allergens (PR10 proteins in apple and birch, gluten protein families in wheat).
Breeding for varieties with reduced allergenicity
In the Western society, prevalence and severity of allergies are rapidly increasing. Our research focus is on solutions for allergy-related matters in the pre-medical stage. We study the diversity of allergens in germplasm, and develop strategies to lower the amount of allergens by breeding. In this way we aim to prevent rather than cure.
Dossier Sowing the seeds of knowledge: Groen Kennisnet
GraphIAST: A graphical user interface software for Ideal Adsorption Solution Theory (IAST) calculations: Wageningen University & Research
Breeding4DiversityTowards a strategic research agenda on genetic diversity
An exploration of the potential contribution of genetic modification and genome editing to the development of abiotic stress-tolerant crops as compared to conventional breeding: Commissie Genetische Modiciatie COGEM (CGM 2022-04) - p.
Tussenrapportage Kennis op Maat project Sowing seeds of knowledge: Topsector Tuinbouw en Uitgangsmaterialen - p.
Breeding4Diversity : A research agenda for increased genetic diversity in future circular and nature-inclusive production systemsWageningen : Wageningen Livestock Research (Rapport / Wageningen Livestock Research 1395) - p.
Onderzoek essentaksterfte: verschillen in gevoeligheid tussen essen aangetoond
Diblock and random antifouling bioactive polymer brushes on gold surfaces by visible-light-induced polymerization (SI-PET-RAFT) in waterAdvanced Material Interfaces 9 (2022)3. - ISSN 2196-7350
Breeding Late Blight Resistant Potatoes for Organic Farming—a Collaborative Model of Participatory Plant Breeding: the Bioimpuls ProjectPotato Research 65 (2022)2. - ISSN 0014-3065 - p. 349 - 377.
Chapter 6 - Gluten quantity and quality in wheat and in wheat-derived productsIn: Gluten quantity and quality in wheat and in wheat-derived products. - London : Elsevier/Academic Press - ISBN 9780128215944 - p. 97 - 129.
- Johan Willemsen
- Manos Domazakis
- Aurelie Jouanin
- Aviv Andriani
- Carolina Aguilera Galvez
- Xiao Lin
- Yerisf Torres Ascurra
- Xinfang Wang
- Thijs van Dijk
- Daniel Danial
- Angela Machacilla
- Bjarne Larsen
- Giorgio Tumino
- Reinhafd Simon