Dr Paul Bundock is heading the epigenetics research at KeyGene. He received his PhD from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, focusing on the mechanisms of DNA repair processes in plants. Since that time he has been active in many aspects of plant genetics and genomics and will be responsible for the supervision of the EpiTRAITS postdoc fellow within KeyGene.
The epigenetics research within KeyGene is focused on elucidating the role of epigenetics in a range of traits important in both vegetable and field crops. Specifically, we are interested in the mechanisms controlling flowering time with the ultimate goal of manipulating this to enhance the process of plant breeding. In addition, we are also interested in using our state of the art sequencing facilities to develop efficient methods for the detection of methylated cytosines in the plant genome, eventually allowing high-throughput genotyping of epiallelles in any crop species.
KeyGene is a molecular genetics R&D company with a primary focus on 6F crop improvement (Food, Feed, Fiber, Fuel, Flowers and Fun crops). KeyGene delivers sustainable molecular genetic responses to the world’s need for stability in the yield, quality and health of crops. KeyGene assists breeding companies by providing cutting edge breeding technology and trait improvement platforms for their own crop development. KeyGene has its headquarters in Wageningen, the Netherlands, a subsidiary in Rockville, Maryland, USA and a Joint Lab at the Shanghai Institute of Biological Sciences in Shanghai, China.
With more than 130 employees KeyGene performs strategic and applied research in a dynamic work environment with state of the art facilities and equipment. More: http://www.keygene.com