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Erik Alexandersson

Erik Alexandersson
I am a plant molecular biologist studying the interaction between potatoes and pathogens as well as potato defense mechanisms both in the laboratory and in the field. I am also leading a project on biofortification of cassava. I am the director of PlantLink (www.plantlink.se), a collaboration between Lund University and SLU Alnarp to strengthen plant research in Southern Sweden and the coordinator of NordPlant (www.nordplant.org).

Presentation

My research interests and projects:

  • Functional genomics and ‘-omics’ data in field trials – linking molecular data with environmental cues, field phenotypes ("Field-omics")
  • Induced resistance in potato varieties
  • Transcriptomics and proteomics for biomarker discovery
  • Global gene expression in the early blight (Alternaria) and late blight (Phytophthora)-potato/tomato interactions
  • Understanding plant defense in wild relatives to potato
  • Identifying potato late blight in the field with the help of drone-based image analysis (Vinnova FoodTech, EnBlightMe!, 6P2/6P3, NordPlant)
  • Biofortification of cassava for improved pro-vitamin A content (Swedish Research Council developmental reseach)
  • Botanicals and plant resistance inducers for sub-Saharan Africa (AgriFoSe1/2)
  • Knowledge-exchange for enhanced genomic analysis of potato to control late blight, and increase drought tolerance  together with ARC Pretoria (STINT/NRF)
  • "Växtbioteknik i Afrika söder om Sahara - teknologiöverföring och nya policyer" VR Swedish Research Link
  • Resistance breeding for healthy crops - Alternaria-Potato interactions (SLU Grogrund)
  • Coordinator NordPlant - A Hub for Sustainable Agriculture and Forest Production in Future Nordic Climates

Teaching

MSc course Plant Biology for Breeding and Protection, 15 ECTS

PhD course Plant Protection Biology (bi-annual) 7  ECTS

Member of ELLS subject areas Plant Health and Plant Molecular Breeding and Biotechnology and active in ESCAPAdE

Research

I'm currently involved in these larger projects:

“Public Private Partnership - Plant Phenotyping Project (6p): focus on disease in field ptoato”, NordForsk/NordGen, 2018-2020, 2021-2023

”NordPlant - A Climate and Plant Phenomics Hub for Sustainable Agriculture and Forest Production in Future Nordic Climates”, NordForsk, 2018-2023

“Knowledge-exchange for enhanced genomic analysis of potato to control late blight, and increase drought tolerance” together with ARC Pretoria, STINT/NRF 2018-2023

"Plant Biotech in sub-Saharan Africa – technology transfer and new policies", VR Swedish Research Link, 2019-2022

“Biofortification of cassava”, VR development research, 2017-2022

“Pathogen Informed Resistance to Oomycete Diseases in Ecosystems, Agriculture and Aquaculture (PROTECTA)”, MSC-ITN EU, 2018-2022

“Plant resistance inducers – the next set of questions for future sustainable agriculture”, Formas, 2020-2022

“Resistensförädling för friska grödor – fokus torrfläcksjuka i potatis (Alternaria solani)”, SLU GroGrund, 2019-2023

“Search for novel enzymes from Ethiopia soda lakes through metagenomics” Addis Ababa Univeristy-SIDA, 2019-2022

KAP for biologicals for sub-Saharan Africa (AgriFoSe2), 2021-2022

Finished:

EnBlightMe! Identifying potato late blight in the field with the help of drone-based image analysis, Vinnova, 2017-2019

Botanicals and plant resistance inducers for sub-Saharan Africa (AgriFoSe), 2018-2019

Possible MSc projects

Cooperation

Director of PlantLink - a plant reserach network at Lund University and SLU Alnarp

Coordinator of NordPlant

Supervision

Current PhD students (main supervisor):

Priscilla Olayide

PhD students (co-supervisor):

Valentina Rossi

Oliyad Jeilu

Post docs:

Sajeevan Radha Sivarajan

Isaac Ilomo

Allan Mueke

MSc students:

Rizwan Choudhry

Previous students and post docs

Junfeng Gao

Sophie Brouwer

Linnea Stridh

Murilo Sandroni 

Ingi Abdelmeguid

Shilu Dahal

Annabel Large

Thuongh Ha

 

Selected publications

Find my publications here


Contact

Researcher at the Institutionen för växtskyddsbiologi
Telephone: +4640-415338
Postal address:
Växtskyddsbiologi, Box 102
23053 Alnarp
Visiting address: Sundsvägen 16, Alnarp