Underutilized/orphan crops have great potential to address global issues on malnutrition, diet-related health problems, and food security in the face of climate change. We are using molecular-genetic and biotechnological tools to improve desirable traits such as yield, nutritional quality and stress resilience in underutilized/orphan crops such as teff (Eragrostis tef) and millets. Such crops have a great potential to enhance food security due to their nutritional quality and health benefits, and abiotic stress resilience. Because the grains of teff accumulate high amount of macro- and micronutrients, we are interested study the structure and function of novel mineral ion transporters.
Target tissues for Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated genetic transformation