Therese Bengtsson

Therese Bengtsson
Forskare vid Institutionen för Växtförädling



”Resistance Gene Array” a targeted approach for capturing of plant resistance genes. A formas project where we will develop a protocol using “Sequence capturing” to capture, sequence and quantify known R-gene sequences and R-gene-like sequences in barley  (Hordeum vulgare L.) genotypes with
known levels of resistance to the bird cherry-oat aphid, Rhopalosiphum padi (L.). The aim is to identify one
or several R-genes against R. padi. This project is financed by FORMAS.

Molekylärgenetiska studier av återkorsningsserier i korn med resistensgener mot havrebladlus införda från vildkorn. The aim with the project is to identify markers for resistance towards the bird-cherry oat aphid in spring barley.  The project is financed by Einar och Inga Nilssons stiftelse.

Combining Knowledge from Field and from Laboratory for Pre-breeding in Barley III  The barley project is a public-private partnership (PPP)  collaboration between Nordic plant breeding entities (Boreal Plant Breeding, Finland; Graminor, Norway; Nordic Seed, Denmark; Sejet Planteforadling, Denmark) and academic institutions (The Agricultural University of Iceland, Luke, Finland and SLU). The main objective is to lay the foundation for effective barley breeding for disease resistance and yield stability under changing climatic conditions. Financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the breeding entities within the project.

Yin-yang-baserade markörer för förädling av spannmål. The project is financed by SLU Grogrund.



PhD i Växtskydd, Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet, SLU. 2013

Fil mag. i Medicine Science, Lunds Universitet. 2008

Fil kand. i Biomedical Laboratory Science, Lunds Universitet. 2003


2016- (ongoing) Assistant supervisor, PhD project
Student: Jonatan Leo, “Phylogeny and genetic resources of wheat grasses Elymus L.”. Postgraduate student, Alnarp, SLU

2019-2020 Main Supervisor, MSc project

Student: Karl-Johan Fabó, "Screening of early root and shoot growth characteristics in seedlings of Nordic spring barley". Master Student, Alnarp, SLU 

Publikationer i urval


S Kim, T Bengtsson, N Olsson, V Hot, LH Zhu, I Åhman. Mutations in Two Aphid-Regulated β-1,3-Glucanase Genes by CRISPR/Cas9 Do Not Increase Barley Resistance to Rhopalosiphum padi L. Frontiers in Plant Science,



M Göransson, J Hallsteinn Hallsson, M Lillemo, J Orabi, G Backes, A Jahoor, J Hermansson, T Christerson, S Tuvesson, B Gertsson, L Reitan, M Alsheikh, R Aikasalo, M Veteläinen, M Jalli, L Krusell, R Hjortshøj, B Eriksen & T Bengtsson. Identification of ideal allele combinations for the adaptation of spring barley to Northern latitudes. Frontiers in Plant Science, 10: 542.

I Åhman & T Bengtsson. Introgression of resistance to Rhopalosiphum padi L. from wild barley into cultivated barley facilitated by doubled haploid and molecular marker techniques. Theoretical and Applied Genetics: 1-12.



A Novel QTL for Powdery Mildew Resistance in Nordic Spring Barley (Hordeum vulgare L. ssp. vulgare) Revealed by Genome-Wide Association Study. T Bengtsson, I Åhman, O Manninen, L Reitan, T Christerson,  J Due Jensen, L Krusell, A Jahoor & J OrabiFrontiers in Plant Science, 8, 1954.

Genetic diversity, population structure and linkage disequilibrium in Nordic spring barley (Hordeum vulgare L. subsp. vulgare). T Bengtsson, The PPP Barley Consortium, O Manninen, A Jahoor, J Orabi. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution doi:10.1007/s10722-017-0493-5.



A targeted proteomics approach for precision plant breeding. A Chawade, E Alexandersson, T Bengtsson, E Andreasson, F Levander. Journal of proteome research.

Biosurfactants Have the Potential to Induce Defence Against Phytophthora infestans in Potato. T Bengtsson, A Holefors, E Liljeroth, M Hultberg, E Andreasson. Potato Research 58 (1), 83-90. 



Proteomics and transcriptomics of the BABA-induced resistance response in potato using a novel functional annotation approach. T Bengtsson, D Weighill, E Proux-Wéra, F Levander, S Resjö, DD Burra, ... BMC genomics 15 (1). 

Activation of defence responses to Phytophthora infestans in potato by BABA.
T Bengtsson, A Holefors, J Witzell, E Andreasson, E Liljeroth. Plant Pathology 63 (1), 193-202. 



Boosting potato defence against late blight. T Bengtsson. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2013:58.



Kan inducerad resistens och biotensider minska behovet av kemisk bekämpning i potatis? T Bengtsson, M Hultberg, E Liljeroth.  Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. Växtskyddsnotiser.

Minskad spridning av potatisbladmögel med biotensid. M Hultberg, T Bengtsson, E Liljeroth, S Caspersen. Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet. LTJ-fakultetens faktablad; 2011:42. 



Late blight on potato is suppressed by the biosurfactant-producing strain Pseudomonas koreensis 2.74 and its biosurfactant. M Hultberg, T Bengtsson, E Liljeroth. BioControl 55 (4), 543-550.

Induced resistance in potato to Phytphthora infestans—effects of BABA in greenhouse and field tests with different potato varieties. E Liljeroth, T Bengtsson, L Wiik, E Andreasson. European Journal of Plant Pathology 127 (2), 171-183.


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