The Bioinformatics team applies state of the art information technology in research projects for our customers. We combine our expertise in the fields of molecular biology, information technology, statistics and programming to support genetic marker development, gene discovery, breeding for complex traits and identify lead genes for trait improvement via classical or novel breeding technologies. Visualization of vast amounts of data is an important aspect of our work, as this helps our scientists and customers to use the results of research projects to improve crops.
The main focus of the bioinformatics team is on genomic data analyses that support breeding efforts. To provide a solid backbone for downstream data processing, we assemble high-quality reference genomes and transcriptomes and perform structural and functional annotation. This is often supplemented with studies of diversity such as variant discovery and inference of phylogenies. Moreover, we conduct analyses geared towards specific questions such as quantitative transcriptomics, haplotyping and design of various genotyping assays.