Crop for the Future: Taming a neglected local weed as a crop for food security hos Institut for Plante- og Miljøvidenskab - Københavns Universitet

Are you into plant-based food, plant biology and chemistry? Do you want make the world a better and more sustainable place? Then we are looking for you! We are developing the project Crop for the Future that will serve as a proof-of concept to demonstrate that it is possible to domesticate wild plant species with potential to become a future sustainable food source.

Our food system depends on too few plant crops making it extremely vulnerable to insect pests, diseases and climate change and highly dependent on pesticides and fertilizers. We are working to introduce more diversity in the plants we eat by reintroducing an ancient Nordic crop.

In nature, there are thousands of resilient plants with potential to become new crops for future food security. However, many of them have nasty compounds that need to be removed before we can use these plants for food. We will combine state-of-the-art technologies on speed breeding, transcriptomics and metabolomics, to perform rapid domestication of wild plants. To achieve this, we will 1) establish the technological platforms to accelerate the domestication of wild plants 2) characterize their nutritional and anti-nutritional value and 3) elucidate the way these plants make its nasty compounds. The project is open for your contibution in any of its goals.

You can learn more about the Crop for the Future project here:

In English

  • News Faculty of Science, U. of Copenhagen:

In Danish

  • Landbrugsavisen (Agricultural newspaper).

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