Our favorite molecule has become RNA. There is a fascinating new RNA world opening up in recent years. We think that generating new knowledge about RNA and how it is regulated will generate new opportunities for improvement of crops.
Our research involves translating findings from model systems to crops. Most knowledge in plants is available for the model system Arabidopsis. This provides large potential for translational research to crops. But the evolutionary gap between Arabidopsis and cereal crops is very large. We use our background in evolutionary biology to translate findings from models to crops and use Brachypodium as an intermediary model.