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Erik Alexandersson

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I am a plant molecular biologist studying the interaction between potatoes and pathogens as well as potato defense mechanisms both in the laboratory and in the field. I am also leading a project on biofortification of cassava. I am the director of PlantLink (www.plantlink.se), a collaboration between Lund University and SLU Alnarp to strengthen plant research in Southern Sweden.

Presentation

My research interests:

  • Functional genomics and ‘-omics’ data in field trials – linking molecular data with environmental cues, field phenotypes ("Field-omics")
  • Induced resistance in potato varieties
  • Transcriptomics and proteomics for biomarker discovery
  • Global gene expression in the late blight (Phytophthora)-potato interaction
  • Understanding plant defense in wild relatives to potato
  • Identifying potato late blight in the field with the help of drone-based image analysis (Vinnova FoodTech, EnBlightMe!)
  • Biofortification of cassava for improved pro-vitamin A content (Swedish Research Council developmental reseach)
  • Botanicals and plant resistance inducers for sub-Saharan Africa (AgriFoSe)
  • Knowledge-exchange for enhanced genomic analysis of potato to control late blight, and increase drought tolerance  together with ARC Pretoria (STINT/NRF)

Research

I'm currently leading these projects:

Biofortification of cassava for improved pro-vitamin A content (Swedish Reseaarch Council developmental reseach)

EnBlightMe! Identifying potato late blight in the field with the help of drone-based image analysis: http://www.vinnova.se/sv/Resultat/Projekt/Effekta/2013-01117/EnBlightMe---ett-automatiserat-stodsystem-for-upptackt-av-potatisbladmogel/

Possible MSc projects: http://www.plantlink.se/images/stories/plant_link/MSc_projects/MSc%20projects_Cassava.pdf

Selected publications

Find my publications here


Contact
Researcher at the Institutionen för växtskyddsbiologi
Telephone: 040-415338
Postal address:
Växtskyddsbiologi, Box 102
23053 Alnarp
Visiting address: Sundsvägen 10, Alnarp