Project properties

Title Lupinus mutabilis: using natural diversity as a breeding tool
Group Plant Breeding, Laboratory of
Project type thesis
Credits 24.36 or 39
Supervisor(s) Prof.dr. Luisa Trindade and Agata Gulisano
Examiner(s) Prof.dr. Luisa Trindade and Agata Gulisano
Contact info luisa.trindade@wur.nl
Begin date 2019/01/01
End date 2021/12/31
Description Research on protein crops has become fundamental to address the growing demand for plant protein production for food and feed worldwide. To reduce the current dependency on soybean, it is important to find new sustainable alternative sources of protein. Lupinus mutabilis, an Andean grain species, stands out for its high protein content and adaptability to marginal conditions. However, the very recent domestication and restricted research have limited the development of this crop, still characterized by a wide genetic diversity.
In this project we will assess the agronomic performance of 225 accessions of L. mutabilis on two locations in Europe: Portugal and The Netherlands. In parallel, we will investigate for the first time the potential of L. mutabilis biomass for bio-based applications, by analysis of cell wall composition and structure. Finally, a Genome Wide Association Mapping approach will be used to identify QTLs that will aid the future breeding of genotypes adapted to Europe.
Used skills - Cell wall compositional analysis (biochemical methods)
- High-throughput phenotyping of sample material (biochemical methods)
- Genetic diversity studies (statistical analysis)
- Microscopy
- Genetic association studies
Requirements PBR30306