Research projects

Last changed: 01 March 2017

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).

Field cress – Development of a new oilseed crop for cold regions

Potato with altered starch quality, and improved resistance and nitrogen use efficiency

Analysis of the quality and nutritional content of potato and field cress

Pathogen resistance in oat and barley

Field trials and guided tours

Livestock breeding – modelling, genetic modification and gene-editing

Development of molecular selection methods

Naturalness, autonomy and fairness  

Trade and legislation

  • Trade regulations and GMO products
  • Value chain for genetically modified feed
  • A product- or process-based regulatory system
  • Barriers to introduction of a new crop         


The public discourses on biotechnology

  • Public opinion and the implementation of GMO food regulations
  • The debate on GM-feed in Sweden – impact on farmers
  • Swedish farmers and researchers perceptive on gene technology   

Communication design

Policy translation


Contact

mistrabiotech@slu.se

+4618 672232

Page editor: Anna.lehrman@slu.se