Department of Structural Genomics of Cereal and Forage Crops

The research team of the Genomics and Metabolomics Section, Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR focuses on obtaining new knowledge about the structure of crop genome and on the preparation of new materials for improvement of cereal (wheat, barley and rye) and forage crops with better resistance to diseases and pests, improved tolerance to drought and cold, and with better quality. The research goals are  executed using the latest methods of structural and functional genomics and proteomics, with the emphasis on multidisciplinary approaches. The programme Protein biotechnology will involve new researchers, but also selected members of the current Institute of Experimental Botany of Czech Academy of Sciences, who have long-term experience with the study and mapping of plant genome and with the cooperation with breeding practice. The research is based on unique methods developed by the Institute of Experimental Botany of Czech Academy of Sciences, which significantly simplify the analysis of complex crop genomes, in combination with the newest methods of parallel sequencing and DNA chips. For wheat, physical maps of selected chromosomes will be constructed, which will be subsequently used for position cloning of genes related to important properties like flowering time and yield. Genes related to the resistance against diseases and pests will be isolated. The function of isolated genes will be verified using genetic transformation of control genotypes within the frame of collaboration with research programme Plant biotechnology. Besides the isolation of selected genes, DNA markers closely related to other important genes will be developed. Genetic mapping and phenotypical evaluation of progenies will be realized in cooperation with the Department of Genetic Resources for Vegetables, Medicinal and Special Plants. Such determined markers will enable marker-based breeding.

More information: http://olomouc.ueb.cas.cz/

    Jaroslav DOLEŽEL
    Scientific Director of the Centre and Chairperson of the Scientific Board of Centre, Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR
    +420 585 238 703, dolezel@ueb.cas.cz
    Hana ŠIMKOVÁ
    Head of Laboratory, Senior Researcher, Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR
    +420 585 238 715, simkovah@ueb.cas.cz
    Jan VRÁNA
    Junior Researcher, Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR
    +420 585 238 720, vrana@ueb.cas.cz
    Zbyněk MILEC
    Junior Researcher, Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR
    +420 585 238 712, milec@ueb.cas.cz
    Helena TOEGELOVÁ
    Junior Researcher, Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR
    +420 585 238 716, stankovah@ueb.cas.cz
    Zuzana IVANIČOVÁ
    Ph.D. Student, Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR
    +420 585 238 717, ivanicova@ueb.cas.cz
    Tomáš BESEDA
    Ph.D. Student, Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR
    +420 585 238 728, beseda@ueb.cas.cz
    Petr CÁPAL
    Junior Researcher, Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR
    +420 585 238 714, capal@ueb.cas.cz
    Zuzana TULPOVÁ
    Ph.D. Student, Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR
    tulpova@ueb.cas.cz