Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK)

Location : Gatersleben / Germany
Leader : Nils STEIN
Website : www.ipk-gatersleben.de


The IPK is one of the leading institutions in Germany in the field of Molecular Crop Plant Biology including Molecular Genetics, Cytogenetics and Physiology. It hosts one of the largest European ex-situ seed collection (Genebank) comprising almost 150000 accessions of over 2500 species. This includes over 28000 and 21000 samples from wheat and barley, respectively. Barley has been defined as the model crop species for the IPK and major resources for barley genomics have been developed. Recently, the IPK initiated a collaborative project (together with ACPFG, Adelaide, Australia and TU Munich, Germany) towards the development of a barley physical map by BAC clone fingerprint analysis. Members of the IPK chair (Andreas Graner, co-chair: N Stein) the International Barley Genome sequencing consortium (IBSC) and co-coordinate (N Stein) the European Triticeae Genomics Initiative (ETGI).


IPK will mainly contribute to WP2. IPK will contribute resources that are under development at IPK in an ongoing effort (10-fold haploid genome coverage high information content fingerprint map HICF) and which will form an essential basis for the planned activities of anchoring the physical map of chromosomes 1H and 3H to the genetic map of barley. IPK will contribute to anchoring of contigs by 500 gene- or BAC end-based (obtained in the ERA-PG project BARCODE) markers previously assigned to chromosomes 1H and 3H. Furthermore, IPK will contribute to the development of a high resolution mapping population (4000 RIL) and to the design sub-groups of chromosomal interval specific sub populations for dedicated high-resolution anchoring.

Staff members’ profile:

Dr. Nils Stein (stein@ipk-gatersleben.de) is co-group leader of the research group Genome Diversity at IPK. He is managing the activities in the field of barley genomics. His field of expertise is in structural Triticeae genomics, map-based cloning and central genomics resources development (EST sequencing, high density transcript mapping, and development of a TILLING population). At current he is coordinating a project aiming at the development of a 10x coverage BAC fingerprinting map of the barley genome. He is co-chair of IBSC, co-coordinator of ETGI and member of the managing committee of COST FA0604. Katrin Trnka works as a senior technician in the group of N Stein and is trained in all relevant molecular genetics procedures including the operation of lab automation.


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7 europa  This project is supported by the European Commission
   under the 7th Framework Programme
   for Research and Technological Development