Søren Kjærsgaard Rasmussen
RESEARCH PROFILE: Interdisciplinary research that combines molecular genetics, genomics and biotechnology with classical breeding of crop plants in order to meet the demand for yield, quality and low input under changing climate conditions. To enable this, a range of plant genetic resources was developed, including genotyped collections of barley, wheat, pea and carrots, as well as mutant populations in these species. A platform, using conventional quantitative genetics and molecular marker technology with complementing approaches of QTL analysis and genome-wide association scan (GWAS), are used for analysis of complex traits. This will enable genomic selection and New Breeding Technologies such as site-directed mutagenesis. Currently, the genomic tools are explored for biotic and abiotic stress traits, quality traits and production traits. The main research activities are quality and production of crop plants taken the stress caused by combination of CO2 and temperature into consideration. The activities within these topics are integrated by development and use of plant genetic resources and use of pre-breeding technologies including genetic transformation.
EDITORIAL: Associated editor at Frontiers in Plant Science, sections Plant Breeding. Member of the editorial board of Cereal Research Communications. Guest editor for special issue of Agronomy 2018. Reviewer for many international journals.
MEMBER of BOARDS: The Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS) 2014-2017. Stiftelsen Lantbruksforskning - Swedish farmers’ foundation for agricultural research (SLF) 2015-2018.
EVALUATOR of international research proposals and member of assessment committee for Professorships and of PhD dissertations.
TEACHING: Responsible for the courses “From Plants to Bioenergy” (M. Sc.) and “Plant Breeding “ (B. Sc.); NordPlus summer course for master student in “New Plant Breeding Technologies and Genomic Selection” 2018-2020. EuroLeage for Life Science, ELLS, subject area: Molecular Plant Breeding and Biotechnology for master degree students.
SUPERVISOR for numerous B.Sc. and M.Sc. student projects, PhD-students and Postdocs.
Member of the Organizing Committee for the 13th International Barley Genetics Symposium – 2020 http://ibgs2020.lu.lv/