Floriculture and Translational Plant Science
The group conducts research within basic and applied physiology, genetics, biotechnology and production of flowering plants. Focus is on flower physiology and reproduction biology, quality improvement and postharvest biology of ornamental plants and high value crops. Within translational plant science we deal with research required to transfer knowledge and discoveries gained from basic research to applied plant science, i.e. from model plants to crops. Translational plant science contributes to development of technologies or products, thus bringing cutting-edge findings into agriculture and horticulture.
We conduct genetic modifications of plants with the aim to improve quality and to reduce the use of resources, especially pesticides. Molecular methods help to understand the hormonal regulation of senescence, and we study ethylene biology physiologically and on a molecular level. Sustainable production methods for ornamental plants are developed aiming at a lower input of resources, especially of growth regulators. (Prof. Renate Müller, Associate Prof. Henrik Lütken, Post Doc Josefine Nymark Hegelund).
New ornamental and edible plant species are identified and characterised having potential as future plants that could be cultivated under Danish conditions. This research field is based on applied plant ecology and geobotany and comprises domestication and development of new plants, as well as the alternative use of plants and plant products (Associate Prof. Henrik Lütken).
Another research field is the impact of plants and flowers on human health and well-being. ‘Plants for a better life’ is an interdisciplinary research area combining knowledge from psychology and social science, health and natural sciences to explore how plants in indoor environments affect the psychological, physiological and social well-being of humans. A special focus is the positive impact of plants on humans through improved air quality (Prof. Renate Müller).
For further information - please contact Professor Renate Müller