Our main research interest is focused on understanding how genetic & environmental factors are shaping quantitative variations in sexual reproduction processes in plant populations. Specifically, we work on
(I) causes & consequences of recombination rate variation,
(II) diversity of pollen morphology within and between differnt mating systems & life histories, and on
(III) detecting and quantifying genomic signatures of selection in divergent populations.
We aim to use our knowledge to improve plant breeding methods in order to support future food security. Our group is combining populations genetics, cytogenetics, and quantitative genetics, and we are using both computational and wet lab approaches, as well as experiments in controlled environments and field trials.