Research projects

Last changed: 08 August 2018

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 applies 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 behaviour.

Below you find the different projects listed.

Field cress - development of a new oilseed crop for the Nordic climate

Potatoes with improved resistance, altered starch quality and improved nutritional uptake

Analysis of quality and nutritional content in field cress and potatoes

Pathogen resistance in oats and barley

Guided tours of field trials

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 discourse 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' pespective on gene technology

Communication design

Policy translation


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