Within the research programme Mistra Biotech we want to develop knowledge about biotechnology in crop and livestock breeding, to enable the production of more high quality food that is healthy and affordable, with less inputs, reduced environmental impact, and healthier crops and livestock. We perform research within both natural and social sciences.
The research apply to all plant breeding, but we focus on the breeding of potatoes, barley and oats and the domestication of field cress (Lepidium campestre) to a productive crop. We use both traditional breeding methods and genetic modification (GM), as well as the most recent techniques, to improve important traits. This research also includes the development of methods for genetic analysis to be used in both crop and livestock breeding.
The research projects within social sciences focus on economic, ethical, and social aspects of the use of biotechnology in agricultural production. We also examine issues relating to legislation and consumer attitudes and behavior.
Below you find the different projects listed. (At the moment project descriptions is only presented in Swedish).