- Written by Ivan Dulgerov
Crop Quantitative Genetics
To exploit the vast natural genetic variation in vegetable crops, using quantitative genetics and systems biology approaches, in order to understand plant responses to abiotic stresses and achieve crops with enhanced resilience to stresses as well as improved nutritional properties. The department leader will be the ERA Chair holder – the outstanding scientist Dr. Saleh Alseekh, who has notable publication track record and scientific achievements (more than 120 publications in international peer reviewed journals, including Nature Biotechnology, Nature Communications, Nature Genetics, Molecular Plant, Plant Cell, Trends in Plant Science etc.; and more than 3500 citations). Under his guidance, the research department will scale up the applied research on vegetable breeding in CPSBB and the region. Furthermore, the new CPSBB department will link with Bulgarian and international research organizations, companies, and farmer associations in the field of crop science, creating an ecosystem network that is highly attractive to talented researchers and brings the innovations to end users for the benefit of the society.