At the Dept. of Evolutionary Functional Genomics
the scientists study the genetic basis of plant adaptation, combining
information on gene function from model organisms with studies
of variation in adaptive traits in different species. The aim is
to identify genes that affect variation in traits such as flowering
time and growth rhythm, with a strategy to integrate traditional
ecological and phylogeographic studies with genomics and population
genetics, at both theoretical and experimental levels. They also
study genome evolution in plants, in particular the importance
of gene and genome duplications that are both extremely common
among plants. Another important evolutionary question that we pursue
is the importance of changes in regulatory DNA as compared to changes
in protein coding DNA.
Since 2005 the former Dept.
of Conservation Biology and Genetics is part of the Dept.
of Evolutionary Functional Genomics.
South Asia related research at the department:
In November 2004 Prof. Martin
Lascoux received SEK
600 000 as a three year grant (2005-07) from the Swedish Research
Links programme (funded by Sida and the Swedish Research Council)
for an project titled ”Species Recovery
program for red-listed medical plants species in India”. More
information on the Swedish Research Links grants 2004.
In November 2007, Prof. Lascaux received SEK 1.8 million as a three years grant (2008-10) from Sida's
Developing Country Research Council (U-landsforskningsrådet) for a similar project titled ”Species Recovery program for medicinal plants species in the
human-dominated forest landscapes in the Western Ghats, India”. More information about the 2007 Sida grants.
The project will be carried out in collaboration with Dr. R. Uma Shankeer at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Bangalore, India.