Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) is an important tuber crop all over the world. Potato is also increasingly grown in tropical countries where it is perceived as an alternative to other sources of carbohydrates (i.e. cassava, maize, banana).
Post-harvest management and losses represent important bottlenecks in the potato value chain. The Plant Genetics Lab investigates new routes to address those challenges by testing novel anti-sprouting molecules and implementing epigenetic approaches.
Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) is an important starchy food crop in the tropics and subtropics. We collaborate with institutions in tropical and subtropical countries to help implementing novel improvement tools to generate cassava lines with enhanced performance such as disease resistance, drought tolerance and reduced post-harvest losses. Through technology transfer approaches and utilization of cutting-edge approaches the Plant Genetics Lab also aims at contributing to a better understanding of cassava responses to stresses.