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Erik Alexandersson

Erik Alexandersson
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)
  • "Växtbioteknik i Afrika söder om Sahara - teknologiöverföring och nya policyer" VR Swedish Research Link
  • Coordinator NordPlant - A Hub for Sustainable Agriculture and Forest Production in Future Nordic Climates

Teaching

MSc course Plant Biology for Breeding and Protection, 15 ECTS

PhD course Plant Protection Biology (bi-annual) 7  ECTS

Member of ELLS subject areas Plant Health and Plant Molecular Breeding and Biotechnology

Research

I'm currently involved in these larger projects:

“Public Private Partnership - Plant Phenotyping Project (6p): focus on disease in field ptoato”, NordForsk/NordGen, 2018-2020

”NordPlant - A Climate and Plant Phenomics Hub for Sustainable Agriculture and Forest Production in Future Nordic Climates”, NordForsk, 2018-2020

“Knowledge-exchange for enhanced genomic analysis of potato to control late blight, and increase drought tolerance” together with ARC Pretoria, STINT/NRF 2018-2021

"Plant Biotech in sub-Saharan Africa – technology transfer and new policies", VR Swedish Research Link, 2019-2021

“Biofortification of cassava”, VR development research, 2017-2021

“Pathogen Informed Resistance to Oomycete Diseases in Ecosystems, Agriculture and Aquaculture (PROTECTA)”, MSC-ITN EU, 2018-2021

“Plant resistance inducers – the next set of questions for future sustainable agriculture”, Formas, 2020-2022

“Resistensförädling för friska grödor – fokus torrfläcksjuka i potatis (Alternaria solani)”, SLU GroGrund, 2019-2022

“Search for novel enzymes from Ethiopia soda lakes through metagenomics” Addis Ababa Univeristy-SIDA, 2019-2022

Finished:

EnBlightMe! Identifying potato late blight in the field with the help of drone-based image analysis, Vinnova, 2017-2019

Botanicals and plant resistance inducers for sub-Saharan Africa (AgriFoSe), 2018-2019

Possible MSc projects

Cooperation

Director of PlantLink - a plant reserach network at Lund University and SLU Alnarp

Coordinator of NordPlant

Supervision

Current PhD students (main supervisor):

Priscilla Olayide

Murilo Sandroni

PhD students (co-supervisor):

Linnea Stridh

Valentina Rossi

Sophie Brouwer

Oliyad Jeilu

Post docs:

Junfeng Gao

Sajeevan Radha Sivarajan

MSc stundents:

Annabel Large

Ingi Abdelmeguid

Shilu Dahal

Selected publications

Find my publications here


Contact
Researcher at the Institutionen för växtskyddsbiologi
Telephone: +4640-415338
Postal address:
Växtskyddsbiologi, Box 102
23053 Alnarp
Visiting address: Sundsvägen 10, Alnarp