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Therese Bengtsson

Therese Bengtsson
Associate Professor at the Department of Plant Breeding


Ongoing projects I lead or am involved in.

Towards Winter Wheat and Oat Cultivars with Low Cadmium Uptake. The goal of this project is to identify genomic regions in winter wheat and oat associated with reduced Cd uptake, develop diagnostic markers for these regions and implement the marker use into the official VCU testing. The project is financed by SLU Grogrund. Project leader

CResWheat- Pre-breeding for Nordic climate resilient spring wheat. The main objective is to support the breeding of climate-resilient spring wheat by identifying genetic resources, genes and markers associated with disease resistance, drought tolerance and important adaptive traits for the Nordic region. A public-private partnership (PPP) funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers and in-kind from project partners. Twitter: CResWheat. Project leader

The unsolved mysteries of common bunt: what is causing the increased incidence and how resistant is our wheat? The overall goal of this project is to understand why CB has increased dramatically in Swedish wheat production and to identify the best IPM strategies to control the disease. This project is financed by SLF. Project leader

"NorBalFoodSec", Future Food Security in the Nordic-Baltic Region: Merging Past, Present, and Future. The main objective of NorBalFoodSec is to generate actionable knowledge on future Nordic and Baltic climate relevant for adapting plant cultivars to the future climate of the region, with a focus on cereal (barley), forage (red clover) and tuber (potatoes) crops. This project is financed by Nordforsk. WP-leader

Back to the future, from landraces to high-yielding, heat and drought-tolerant barley preferred by East African farmers. The project aims to deliver high-yielding, climate change resilient, fit-for-purpose Ethiopian barley, meeting the
demands of both men and women farmers. This project is financed by Vetenskapsrådet. Project leader


Associate Professor (docent) in Agricultural Science, focus plant breeding, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. 2022

PhD in Plant protection biology, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.2013

MSc in Medicine Science, Lund University.  2008

BSc in Biomedical Laboratory Science, Lund University. 2003


2021- (ongoing) Assistant supervisor, PhD project
Student: Violet Akech, “Genetic improvement of East African diploid cooking bananas.”. Postgraduate student, Alnarp, SLU

2016-2022 Assistant supervisor, PhD project (Activity level- 50%)
Student: Jonatan Leo, “Phylogenetic studies of Elymus s.s. L. (Poaceae) : plant systematics as a prerequisite for efficient conservation and utilization”. Postgraduate student, Alnarp, SLU

2021 Main Supervisor, MSc project

Student: Hafiz Umar, "Genome-Wide Association Studies for Identification of Markers and Candidate Genes Associated with Leaf Rust and Powdery Mildew Resistance in Nordic Spring Barley".  Erasmus Mundus Master program in Plant Breeding (emPLANT)

2021  Main Supervisor, Double BSc project

Student: Linnéa Gustavsson, "Genetic resistance against the green peach aphid (Myzus persicae) in sugar beet (Beta vulgaris)". 

2019-2020 Main Supervisor, MSc project

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


Selected publications


Bengtsson, T., Hamnér, K., Eriksson, J. Jordbruksåtgärder för att minska kadmium i grödor. Jordbruksverket. Rapport, 79.


Leo, J., Bengtsson, T., Carlsson, A. S., Brassac, J., & von Bothmer, R. Population structure and phylogeography of Elymus mutabilis and its genetic relationships with E. transbaicalensis (Poaceae). Nordic Journal of Botany, e03520.


Kushwaha, S. K., Åhman, I., & Bengtsson, T. ResCap: plant resistance gene prediction and probe generation pipeline for resistance gene sequence capture. Bioinformatics Advances, 1(1), vbab033.

Göransson, M., Sigurdardottir, T. H., Bengtsson, T., Lillemo, M., T. & Hallsson, J. H. The Winter-Type Allele of HvCEN Is Associated With Earliness Without Severe Yield Penalty in Icelandic Spring Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Frontiers in Plant Science,

Hautsalo, J., Novakazi, F., Jalli, M., Göransson, M., Manninen, O., Isolahti, M., Reitan, L., Bergersen, S., Krusell, L., Damsgård Robertsen, C., Orabi,J., Due Jensen, J., Jahoor, A., Bengtsson, T* & the PPP Barley Consortium. Pyramiding of scald resistance genes in four spring barley MAGIC populations. Theor Appl Genet (2021).

Göransson, M., Hallsson, J. H., Bengtsson, T., Bjørnstad, Å., & Lillemo, M. Specific adaptation for early maturity and height stability in icelandic spring barley. Crop Science.


Novakazi, F., Krusell, L., Jensen, J. D., Orabi, J., Jahoor, A., Bengtsson, T.*, & PPP Barley Consortium. (2020). You Had Me at “MAGIC”!: Four Barley MAGIC Populations Reveal Novel Resistance QTL for Powdery Mildew. Genes, 11(12), 1512.

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.


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

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


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

T Bengtsson, A Holefors, E Liljeroth, M Hultberg, E Andreasson. Biosurfactants Have the Potential to Induce Defence Against Phytophthora infestans in Potato. 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). 

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


T Bengtsson. Boosting potato defence against late blight. Diss. (sammanfattning/summary) Alnarp : Sveriges lantbruksuniv., Acta Universitatis agriculturae Sueciae, 1652-6880 ; 2013:58.2011




Researcher at the Department of Plant Breeding
Telephone: +4640415354
Postal address:
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Visiting address: Sundsvägen 10, Alnarp