Department of Plant Biology & Forest Genetics, Swedish University
of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala
Postal address: Institutionen
för växtbiologi och skogsgenetik, Box
7080, 750 07 Uppsala, Sweden Visiting address: Dag Hammarskjölds väg 181 Web page:http://www.vbsg.slu.se/
The Department of Plant Biology and Forest Genetics
was formed in 2003 by the fusion of the department
of Plant Biology and the department of Forest Genetics. It has
the strategic goal to become an internationally well-known scientific
center for plant research and education.
South Asia related research:
Till February 2008, Prof. Christer
Jansson was the Head of the department. He led a research group working
with ”Plant Metabolic Engineering of Carbohydrate Synthesis”. In
August 2005 he received SEK 55 000 as a SASNET
planning grant for
a project titled ” New rice
cultivars with improved endosperm properties – a collaborative
project between SLU, Sweden and IBMBB, Sri Lanka”.
It was supposed to become a collaboration
between SLU and a research group led by research associate Dr. Ovitigala
Weerasena at the Institute
of Biochemistry Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IBMBB),
University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. The collaboration was initiated
by a request from Prof.
Karunanayake, Director of IBMBB and Senior Professor of Biochemistry,
during his visit to SLU, Uppsala in early 2005. The Institute of Biochemistry, Molecular
Biology and Biotechnology (IBMBB) was ceremonially opened
on 28th April 2004 by the Swedish Ambassador in Sri Lanka
and Prof. Ulf Pettersson, Vice-Rector, University of Uppsala,
Sweden. The laboratory complex with
a floor area of approximately 27,000 sq.ft. spread over two
wings, each with four floors, is located in the main campus
of the University of Colombo. The IBMBB is equipped with all
modern instruments used in molecular life sciences such as
fully automated DNA sequences, FPLC, HPLC, Fluorescence and
Phase contrast microscopes, laminar flow hoods, animal and
plant cell culture facilities, experimental animal house, cold
rooms, local area networking, access to internet via dedicated
optical fiber cable and is fully air-conditioned.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Professon Jansson’s research project was never possible to realise. In March 2010, the department therefore returned the grant money to SASNET.
Since February 2008, Prof. Christer Jansson works at
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) in Berkeley, California, USA, as Senior Staff Scientist at LBNL’s
Earth Science Division. To some extent he is however still connected to the research group at the Dept. of Plant Biology & Forest Genetics at SLU. See his personal
Professor in Plant Physiology at the department till 2006. The same year she started a research project on ”Salinity
stress and crop responses – physiological and molecular processes
in rice”, a project carried out in
collaboration with colleagues in Germany and Bangladesh. It received funding from Sida/SAREC. Prof. Lindberg has now moved (along with her project) to the Dept. of Botany, Stockholm University. More information.