Forage Crop Genetics

The implemented Forage Crop Genetics group mainly aims at developing genetic and genomic tools that can assist plant breeding. Recent technical advancements have enabled to characterize the genetic diversity that is available for plant breeding at high resolution and allow more efficient selection based on single DNA markers or high-density genome profiles. This “molecular breeding” approach, a non-GMO strategy to increase breeding progress in crop species, is a sustainable way to improve plant productivity.

As a specific example, our efforts to characterize genetic mechanisms such as self-incompatibility or cytoplasmic male sterility increased our understanding of how to use these mechanisms as breeding tools to efficiently control pollination in forage crops. Management of these genetic mechanisms in practical breeding by means of molecular markers will help pave the way towards the implementation of more efficient hybrid breeding schemes in forage grass species. On a long-term perspective, our research will contribute to sustainable feed and food production on both the local and global level.

  • Molecular Breeding
  • Genetics and Genomics
  • Forage Crops
  • Self-incompatibility
  • Cytoplasmic male sterility
  • Doubled Haploids

► Google scholar:

  • Both male and female meiosis contribute to non‐Mendelian inheritance of parental chromosomes in interspecific plant hybrids (Lolium × Festuca)
    J Majka, M Glombik, A Doležalová, J Kneřová, MTM Ferreira, ...
    New Phytologist 238 (2), 624-636,  2023
  • Genome-wide association study of lipase and esterase in wholegrain wheat flour (Triticum aestivum L.)
    CY Wei, S Yates, D Zhu, A Hund, B Studer, L Nyström
    Plos one 18 (3), e0282510   2023
  • The era of reference genomes in conservation genomics
    G Formenti, K Theissinger, C Fernandes, I Bista, A Bombarely, C Bleidorn, ...
    Trends in ecology & evolution   2022
  • Untangling the Pea Root Rot Complex Reveals Microbial Markers for Plant Health
    Wille, Lukas; Kurmann, Mario; Messmer, Monika M.; Studer, Bruno; Hohmann, Pierre
    Frontiers In Plant Science 10.3389/fpls.2021.737820  OCT 12 2021
  • Identification of Candidate Genes for Self-Compatibility in Perennial Ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.)
    Cropano, Claudio; Manzanares, Chloe; Yates, Steven; Copetti, Dario; Do Canto, Javier; et al.
    Frontiers In Plant Science 10.3389/fpls.2021.707901  OCT 15 2021
  • Reciprocal allopolyploid grasses (Festuca x Lolium) display stable patterns of genome dominance
    Glombik, Marek; Copetti, Dario; Bartos, Jan; Stoces, Stepan; Zwierzykowski, Zbigniew; et al.
    Plant Journal 10.1111/tpj.15375  AUG 2021
  • Ultralong Oxford Nanopore Reads Enable the Development of a Reference-Grade Perennial Ryegrass Genome Assembly
    Frei, Daniel; Veekman, Elisabeth; Grogg, Daniel; Stoffel-Studer, Ingrid; Morishima, Aki; Shimizu-Inatsugi, Rie; Yates, Steven; Shimizu, KK; Frey, JE; Studer, B; Copetti, Dario
    Genome Biology And Evolution, 10.1093/gbe/evab159; AUG 2021
  • Genome-Wide Association Study to Identify Candidate Loci for Biomass Formation Under Water Deficit in Perennial Ryegrass
    Jaskune, Kristina; Aleliunas, Andrius; Statkeviciute, Grazina; Kemesyte, Vilma; Studer, Bruno; et al.
    Frontiers In Plant Science,  10.3389/fpls.2020.570204  DEC 8 2020
  • Rethinking temperature effects on leaf growth, gene expression and metabolism: Diel variation matters
    Kronenberg, Lukas; Yates, Steven; Ghiasi, Shiva; Roth, Lukas; Friedli, Michael; Ruckle, Michael E; Werner, Roland A; Tschurr, Flavian; Binggeli, Melanie; Buchmann, Nina; Studer, Bruno; Walter, Achim
    Plant Cell And Environment   DOI: 10.1111/pce.13958 DEC 2020
  • A Non-destructive Method to Quantify Leaf Starch Content in Red Clover
    Frey, Lea Antonia; Baumann, Philipp; Aasen, Helge; Studer, Bruno; Kolliker, Roland
    Frontiers In Plant Science  DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2020.569948     OCT 15 2020
  • Heritable Variation in Pea for Resistance Against a Root Rot Complex and Its Characterization by Amplicon Sequencing
    Wille, Lukas; Messmer, Monika M.; Bodenhausen, Natacha; Studer, Bruno; Hohmann, Pierre
    Frontiers In Plant Science  DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2020.542153  NOV 3 2020
  • The apple REFPOP-a reference population for genomics-assisted breeding in apple
    Jung, Michaela; Roth, Morgane; Jose Aranzana, Maria; Auwerkerken, Annemarie; Bink, Marco; et al.
    Horticulture Research  DOI: 10.1038/s41438-020-00408-8   NOV 1 2020
  • Developing Heterotic Groups for Successful Hybrid Breeding in Perennial Ryegrass
    Vogt, Maximilian; Yates, Steven; Sykes, Timothy; Luesink, Wilbert; Koch, Michael; et al.
    Agronomy-Basel  DOI: 10.3390/agronomy10091410  SEP 2020
  • Genomic Prediction of Agronomic Traits in Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) Under Environmental Stress
    Keller, Beat; Ariza-Suarez, Daniel; de la Hoz, Juan; Aparicio, Johan Steven; Portilla-Benavides, Ana Elisabeth; et al.
    Frontiers In Plant Science  DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2020.01001   JUL 7 2020
  • Concentration-discharge relationships vary among hydrological events, reflecting differences in event characteristics
    Knapp, Julia L. A.; von Freyberg, Jana; Studer, Bjoern; Kiewiet, Leonie; Kirchner, James W.
    Hydrology And Earth System Sciences  DOI: 10.5194/hess-24-2561-2020 Published: MAY 15 2020
Studer Bruno

Prof. Dr. Bruno Studer
ETH Zurich
Institute of Agricultural Sciences
8092 Zurich

Tel: +41 (0)44 632 01 57

  • Plant Breeding
  • Genetic Diversity
  • Genotyping Technologies
  • Genome Wide Association Studies
  • Genomic Selection