Master thesis - Genetics of biogenic volatile organic compound emissions from Subarctic hos Københavns Universitet

Linking genetics to biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) emissions from mountain birch in high-latitude ecosystems.

Biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) are a large and diverse group of molecules released from plants into the atmosphere. BVOCs participate in direct and indirect plant defence against biotic and abiotic stressors. Some of the functions include: attracting pollinators and insect predators, deterring insect herbivores and pathogens, and plant - plant communication. Furthermore, BVOCs are highly reactive and can affect the physical and chemical properties of the atmosphere.

The main aim of this project will be to link  genetics to the BVOC emissions from mountain birhx forests in high-laitutude ecosystems. 

Student will have an pooportunity to work in genetics lab at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.  Student will quantify within-species variation from mountain birch through analysis of genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphisms produced using restriction site associated DNA (RAD) sequencing.

Student will also have a co-supervisor and collaborators from Norwegian Unviersity of Science and Technology (Professor James D.M.Speed and Associate Professor Kristine Bakke Westergaard). 

To collect the data student will participate in the fieldwork in one or several locations:

  • Dovrefjell, Norway
  • Tromsø, Norway
  • Abisko, Sweden

If you would like to know more about our research group, see a link to the group´s webpage: 

https://www1.bio.ku.dk/english/research/te/rinnan-lab/

And if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us: 

Jolanta Rieksta jolanta.rieksta@bio.ku.dk

Riikka Rinnan riikkar@bio.ku.dk

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