Sonja Kersten


PhD Student

Crop Biodiversity and Breeding Informatics Group (350b)
Institute of Plant Breeding, Seed Science and Population Genetics
University of Hohenheim
Fruwirthstr. 21 70599 Stuttgart, Germany

Phone: +49 711 459-24435
Email: Sonja.Kersten@uni-hohenheim.de


Research project

Repeated herbicide applications in agriculture have led to the development of herbicide resistance in weeds. My research focuses on the underlying molecular mechanisms and genetic architecture of herbicide resistance in the species Alopecurus myosuroides, which has become a major weed in cereal crops of the temperate climate zone. I am using population genomic approaches in combination with next-generation-sequencing technologies in local and Europe-wide field populations to gain further insights into the evolutionary dynamics of herbicide resistance.

Research interest

  • Herbicide resistance
  • Population genetics
  • Plant biodiversity and genetic resources