Marianna Rakszegi is a cereal chemist at the Cereal Breeding Department of the Centre for Agricultural Research, Hungary. As the leader of the quality lab, her main field is the identification and development of biochemical and molecular-biology tools to develop a more efficient selection system for quality-oriented wheat breeding. Her research mainly focuses on storage proteins, starch, dietary fibers and other bioacive components of cereals. She actively participated in several national and international projects, including the EU-FP6-Healthgrain project and the EU-FP7-SOLIBAM project, and she was a WP leader in the latest. She is the author of over 69 refereed papers cited over 1700 times and co-author of 17 book chapters. She is a co-breeder of 38 wheat and 2 spelt varieties. Recently she supervise 2 Phd students. She won the János Bólyai Fellowship of the Hungarian Academy od Sciences twice, and also won the Zoltán Magyary postdoctoral Fellowship. She awarded the ’Researcher of the year 2017’ title in Veszprém Area, Hungary by the HAS. She is the member of the Eucarpia and the Committee on Plant Breeding, in the Section of Agricultural Sciences of the HAS.
About her talk:
High-fiber wheat genotypes were developed by conventional breeding and GxE studies were carried out in order to determine the heritability and genetic variance of the fibers, especially focusing on arabinoxylans. A RIL population was developed to study the genetic background of the arabinoxylan synthesis and QTLs were identified.