I work in Prof. Florian Schiestl's group. I will study the molecular basis of methyl anthranilate and p-anisaldehyde production, two floral volatiles of Brassica rapa, being upregulated by a pollinator shift. As floral scent is an important component of pollinator-driven reproductive isolation, research on the molecular background is a keystep to understand its heritability. The topic becomes even more complex, because of many genes standing at the border of primary and secondary metabolism being involved in the production of this volatiles.
During my PhD project I worked at the Federal Research Centre for Cultivated Plants in Germany. I determined the primarily responsible lipoxygenase gene for some apple fruit key volatiles including the characterization of the whole lipoxygenase gene family in apple.