Aarhus Universitets segl

Stig Uggerhøj Andersen

Legume genetics and genomics

We study natural variation mainly in three legume species: Lotus japonicus, white clover and faba bean. Our aim is to detect and understand the genetic signatures left by selection, natural or plant breeding-associated, and to dissect the genetic basis of complex traits. We are particularly interested in the impact of plant-microbe interactions, especially those involving legumes, their nitrogen-fixing rhizobial symbionts and complex soil microbial communities. To investigate these topics, we make extensive use of high-throughput sequencing and bioinformatic analysis, including genome assembly, variant calling, QTL and GWA mapping, microbiome analysis, and transcriptional profiling including single-cell RNA-seq. As part of the Section for Plant Molecular Biology, which studies plant-microbe interactions using a variety of techniques, we also carry out wet-lab experiments to validate hypotheses on gene function and collaborate with breeders on field phenotyping.

Here you can find the group’s publications and pre-prints.

If you are interested in our work or would like to join the group, please contact Stig U. Andersen (sua@mbg.au.dk).