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TOVE HEDEGAARD JØRGENSEN - Host-parasite interactions


In my research I investigate the ecological and evolutionary forces that drive and maintain biodiversity both at the intra- and inter-specific level. Specifically, I use a combination of field observations, controlled experiments and molecular tools in a population genetic framework to understand the evolutionary processes maintaining plant diversity. Presently, one major focus is the processes that maintain diversity in host-parasite interactions in the wild. Here I work primarily on plants and their pathogens but extend the research to animal systems as well.


Current projects

  • Consequences of genome-environment interactions for host-parasite evolution
  • Adaptive introgression in plant resistance genes

(in collaboration with Dr. Jesper Bechsgaard and Prof. Mikkel Schierup, Aarhus University)

  • The role of genetic diversity in stabilising plant productivity in a variable environment

(in collaboration with Dr. Henry Creissen and Prof. James Brown (John Innes Research Centre)).

  •  Adaptive evolution of the plant pathogen Albugo candida

(in collaboration with Dr. Cock van Oosterhout, University of East Anglia and Prof. Jonathan Jones, The Sainsbury Laboratory, UK).

  • The role of pathogens in promoting genetic variation and differentiation in wild animals.

(in collaboration with Prof. David S. Richardson).

Academic and educational development

I am affiliated the Science and Technology Learning Lab  at Aarhus University (part time). Here I work to develop and implement new methods in teaching and supervision across the faculty. The area of doctoral supervision has my particular interest and I deliver workshops and courses to Faculty on this subject.