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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2019-04-01 - 2020-09-30

One of the main challenges of the next century is the CO2 emission reduction in a sustainable way in order to mitigate climate change. Further, the increasing food demand of the growing world population has to be covered under preservation of the diversity of natural ecosystems. Our aim is to tap CO2 as a sustainable resource in order to provide a commercial solution for the climate issue. With a novel yeast strain, CO2 can be converted into high-value biomass which is used as an animal feed additive, without using agricultural area.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2016-03-01 - 2020-06-30

Sugar beet (Beta vulgaris) is an important crop plant in Austria. Three million tons of sugar beets are harvested each year, sufficient to meet Austria´s yearly demand for sucrose. In the context of BeetSelect, we propose whole-genome sequencing of 500 wild and cultivated beets in order to fully characterize the genetic variation of beets at the molecular level. In the sugar beet genome, we will identify artificially selected genes, i.e. domestication genes, at single-gene resolution. Sequencing data from sea beet, regarded as the ancestor of all beet crops, will reveal inter-population gene flow and will identify genes under natural selection. Rapidly evolving are those genes that allow sea beets to cope with biotic or abiotic stress; the corresponding resistances are frequently not found in sugar beets. Taken together, the proposed work will provide a very accurate picture of the genome architecture of beets. The data will help to understand how artificial and natural selection has shaped the beet genome, which regions are affected by selection, and which genes they contain. Lastly, molecular information on genes underlying selection will provide important information for designing informed breeding strategies for targeted improvement of beet crops.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2011-01-01 - 2012-02-21

Different species of Pseudomonas are used as plant protecting agents especially to bate potatoes. To achieve an admission from the authorities the Pseudomonas strains must be tested for their toxicological properties. To circumvent animal studies, test systems are developed to analyse the harmful potential on in vitro cultures of lung epithelial cells. Therefore Calu-3 cells are grown on transwell plates until tight junctions are formed. To classify the bacterial strains, the integrity of the tight junction is evaluated after incubation of Pseudomonas with cell cultures.

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