The Cereal Genetics and Genomics Lab is led by Professor Simon Krattinger, with research focused on cereal genomics and plant-pathogen interactions. The group develops genomic approaches to unravel the genetic and molecular basis of stress adaptation in cereals, with a particular interest in the perception, signaling and response to fungal pathogens in wheat. Cereal crop plants are of paramount importance to ensure global food security. Disturbances caused by pathogens, pests, and adverse climatic conditions pose a constant threat to cereal production.
Research on the fundamental molecular processes that make certain cereal plants resilient to these stresses (including the genetic and molecular basis of stress perception, signaling, and adaptation) is therefore of uttermost relevance.