Prof. Dr. Andreas Graner
Andreas Graner is the Managing Director of the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) Gatersleben and Professor of Plant Genetic Resources at the University of Halle. Heading the Fedeal ex situ Genebank for Crop Plants, his research interests include understanding the genetic architecture of crop plant genomes at the structural and functional level, as it is deemed of critical importance for the knowledge-driven valorization of genetic diversity held in genebanks. He has been using genetic and genomic approaches to develop strategies for an improved conservation and utilization of plant genetic resources. In this context, he has employed barley (Hordeum vulgare) as a model plant for genome analysis at the structural and functional level, to study genome evolution, and to identify genes that underlie important agronomic traits such as seed quality and disease resistance. He is an elected member of the German Academy of Sciences LEOPOLDINA, and the Indian Academy of Agricultural Sciences.