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Dennis Eriksson

Dennis Eriksson
PhD in Genetics and Plant Breeding. Research on the governance of plant genetic resources. Postdoc stays at Copenhagen University/Denmark, SLU Alnarp/Sweden and the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO)/Belgium. Substantial overseas experience, a large network and good writing skills. Currently working with policy-related issues of plant biotechnology and genetic resources.


2018, Teaching at various MSc and BSc courses (Genetics and Plant Breeding; Advanced Plant Biotechnology; Advanced Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources)

2016, Teaching at PhD course "Mutagenesis as a plant research and breeding tool", SLU Alnarp.

2016, Teaching at international MSc course "New Plant Breeding Technologies", within Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS), Copenhagen University.

2016, Invited guest lecturer (in Spanish), Universidad Nacional Federico Villareal, Lima, Peru.

2015, Teaching at advanced level course "Advanced Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources" (SLU-20141), SLU Alnarp.

2015, Organising a 2-week international MSc course "Genetic Resources in Crop Breeding", within Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS), SLU Alnarp.

2015, Co-organising PhD course "Plant Imaging Techniques, TC4F/PlantLink, Lund University.

2015, Co-organising a 1-year industrial mentorship programme for PhD students, PlantLink.

2011, Full-time employment as Teaching Assistant, courses "Molecular Cell Biology" and "Cell Biology", Lund Institute of Technology (LTH).

2005, Organising PhD course "Gene Technology in Plant Breeding", SLU Alnarp.


2017-(currently), Researcher, Dept of Plant Breeding, SLU Alnarp, Sweden

2015-2016, Scientific Coordinator, SLU Alnarp, seconded to European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) in Brussels, Belgium

2015, Postdoctoral researcher, SLU/Mistra Biotech, Sweden

2011-2014, Postdoctoral researcher, Copenhagen University, Denmark

2004-2009, PhD student, SLU Alnarp, Sweden

2002, MSc student, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratories, Singapore


2011-2012, Assistant supervisor of one PhD student, Copenhagen University, Denmark

2005-2006, Assistant supervisor of two MSc students, SLU Alnarp, Sweden

Selected publications

Eriksson D, de Andrade E, Bohanec B, Chatzopolou S, Defez R, Leiva Eriksson N, van der Meer P, van der Meulen B, Ritala A, Sági L, Schiemann J, Twardowski T and Vanek T (2018). Why the European Union needs a national GMO opt-in mechanism. Nature Biotechnology, 36(1): 18-19.

Eriksson D (2018). The evolving EU regulatory framework for precision breeding. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Accepted 05.10.2018

Eriksson D, Akoroda M, Azmach G, Labuschagne M, Mahungu N and Ortiz R (2018). Measuring the impact of plant breeding on sub-Saharan African staple crops. Outlook on Agriculture. Accepted 24.08.2018

Eriksson D, Ammann K, Chassy B and Chawade A (2018). Comments on two recent publications on GM maize and Roundup. Scientific Reports, 8: 13338.

Eriksson D, Harwood, W, Hofvander P, Jones H, Rogowsky P, Stöger E and Visser R (2018). A welcome proposal to amend the GMO legislation of the EU. Trends in Biotechnology, available online 25 May 2018.

Eriksson D (2018). The Swedish policy approach to directed mutagenesis in a European context. Physiologia Plantarum,

Eriksson D (2018). Recovering the original intentions of risk assessment and management of genetically modified organisms in the European Union. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 6:52,

McHughen A, Bradford K, Carter N, Eriksson D, Grabau E, Hood E, Parrott W and Wolt J (2018). Regulatory systems barriers to innovation for agricultural biotechnology faced by small businesses and universities. Council of Agricultural Science and Technology, Issue paper No 59, March 2018.

Eriksson D and Escajedo San-Epifanio L (2018). Governing the use of plant genome editing. Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, 2nd ed., Paul Thomson ed.

Escajedo San-Epifanio L and Eriksson D (2018). Opt out from GMOs in the European Union. Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics, 2nd ed., Paul Thomson ed.

Eriksson D, Brinch-Pedersen H, Chawade A, Holme I, Hvoslef-Eide TAK, Ritala A, Teeri TH and Thorstensen T (2017). Scandinavian perspectives on plant gene technology: applications, policies and progress. Physiologia Plantarum, doi:10.1111/ppl.12661.

Eriksson D and Chatzopolou S (2017). Responsible decision-making for plant research and breeding innovations in the European Union. GM Crops & Food,

Eriksson D and Ammann K (2017). A universally acceptable view on the adoption of improved plant breeding techniques. Frontiers in Plant Science, 7: 1999, doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.01999.

Sprink T, Eriksson D, Schiemann J and Hartung F (2016). Regulatory hurdles for genome editing - process vs. product based approaches in different regulatory contexts. Plant Cell Reports, 35(7): 1493-1506.

Eriksson D, Carlsson-Nilsson U, Ortíz R and Andreasson E (2016). Overview and breeding strategies of table potato production in Sweden and the Fennoscandian region. Potato Research, 59: 279, doi: 10.1007/s11540-016-9328-6.

Ammann K, Bohanec B, Charles TC, Comstock G, Davison J, Eriksson D, Estrella LH, Morandini P, Parrott WA, Roberts RJ, Ronald P, Qaim M, Sundström J, Tagliabue G and Wager R (2016). A mistake about "GMO(s)", HT crops and herbicides. Science e-letter, response to Dicks et al. (2016), 05.12.2016.

Open letter to the President of the European Parliament to encourage society to respect independent science advice and to condemn physical attacks on scientists, co-signed by 56 organisations, 01-07-2016 (my authorship can be confirmed by the contact persons of the letter).

Fact sheets on New Plant Breeding Techniques, 2016, European Plant Science Organisation.

Eriksson D, Stymne S and Schjoerring JK (2014). The slippery slope of cisgenesis. Nature Biotechnology 32(8): 727.

Thomsen HC, Moeller IS, Eriksson D and Schjoerring JK (2014). Glutamine synthetase – a target for crop NUE improvement? Trends in Plant Science 19(10): 656-663.

Wang L, Pedas P, Eriksson D and Schjoerring JK (2013). Elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide decreases the ammonia compensation point of barley plants. Journal of Experimental Botany, 64(10): 2713–2724.

Eriksson D and Merker A (2011). Cloning and functional characterisation of genes involved in fatty acid biosynthesis in the novel oilseed crop Lepidium campestre L. Plant Breeding, 130(3): 407-409.

Glover JD, Reganold JP, Bell LW, Borevitz J, Brummer EC, Buckler ES, Cox CM, Cox TS, Crews TE, Culman SW, DeHaan LR, Eriksson D, Gill BS, Holland J, Hu F, Hulke BS, Ibrahim AM, Jackson W, Jones SS, Murray SC, Paterson AH, Ploschuk E, Sacks EJ, Snapp S, Tao D, Van Tassel DL, Wade LJ, Wyse DL and Xu Y (2010). Increasing food and ecosystem security via perennial grains. Science, 328: 1638-1639.

Glover JD, Reganold JP, Bell LW, Borevitz J, Brummer EC, Buckler ES, Cox CM, Cox TS, Crews TE, Culman SW, DeHaan LR, Eriksson D, Gill BS, Holland J, Hu F, Hulke BS, Ibrahim AM, Jackson W, Jones SS, Murray SC, Paterson AH, Ploschuk E, Sacks EJ, Snapp S, Tao D, Van Tassel DL, Wade LJ, Wyse DL and Xu Y (2010). Response to Perennial questions of hydrology and climate. Science, 330: 33.

Merker A, Eriksson D and Bertholdsson N-O (2010). Barley yield increases with undersown Lepidium campestre. Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica Section B – Soil and Plant Science, 60(3): 269-273.

Eriksson D and Merker A (2009). An efficient adventitious shoot regeneration protocol for Lepidium campestre (L.) R. BR. Propagation of Ornamental Plants, 9(2): 78-83.


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