Péter Poczai

Person

Curriculum Vitae

Doctor of Plant Health (MSc), Doctor of Plant Genetics (PhD)

 

Research interests

My research lies in the area of plant molecular systematics, molecular evolution, and comparative genomics. I am integrating different aspects of plant evolutionary biology into a complex phylogenetic framework to achieve my goals. My research includes a range of experimental approaches, from the collection and observation of species in the field to the generation of large genomic data sets. Beginning with my work I have been interested in wild relatives of crop plants and their use in plant breeding.  Most of this work involves the large and economically important nightshade family (Solanaceae) including potato, tomato and eggplant. I have long been interested in the genetics of underutilized crops such black nightshades called the Solanum nigrum complex or sect. Solanum. I am focusing on the investigation higher-level relationships and population genetic patterns and possible utilization for plant breeding. Towards this direction I have assembled and characterizing an ex situ germplasm collection from this species group through the European continent and pointed out possible progenitors of polyploidy spices. Recently my research seeks to advance the application of next generation sequencing technologies to evolutionary genetics questions and to improve the bioinformatics tools to analyze the resulting data.

 

Solanum: phylogeny, biology and utilization

Solanum is a genus of nearly 1,400 species and only a small portion of them are cultivated. It is obvious that we should aim to use the traits provided by the large and unexplored diversity. This genus is important from an agricultural perspective as well as from an evolutionary standpoint. The genus consists of valuable crops like eggplant, tomato, and especially potato, all economically extremely important in European agriculture. Potato ranks as the world’s third most important food crop, with increasing production worldwide. Species of Solanum represent nearly 1% of the world’s angiosperm flora, which might be attributed to its great antiquity and an extraordinary rate of speciation. This huge diversity in one genus is quite unusual in angiosperms. Exotic germplasm resources, which include wild species and landraces, often carry many agriculturally desirable alleles and unknown evolutionary history. Wild Solanum species have been known for long time to be resistant to many pathogens. Therefore wild resistant species have been used in studies aimed at the identification of disease resistance genes. Due to the large diversity of Solanaceae, wild species with important traits could also be important minor food crops in some parts of the world, while the same species can become invasive weeds of agriculture and rural habitats. In addition, these plants could also serve as alternative hosts for major diseases for crop plants.

Find out More at the Solanaceae Source

http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/research/projects/solanaceaesource/

Highlighted publications

  1. Accepted/In press

    The emergence of genetics from Festetics’ sheep through Mendel’s peas to Bateson’s chickens

    T. Szabó, A. & Poczai, P., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Genetics.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debateScientificpeer-review

  2. Sequencing the plastid genome of giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida, Asteraceae) from a herbarium specimen

    Sablok, G., Amiryousefi, A., He, X., Hyvönen, J. T. & Poczai, P., 28 Feb 2019, In : Frontiers in plant science. 10, 18 p., 218.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  3. Molecular diversity and phytochemical variability in the Iranian poppy (Papaver bracteatum Lindl.): A baseline for conservation and utilization in future breeding programmes

    Qaderi, A., Omidi, M., Pour-Aboughadareh, A., Poczai, P., Shaghaghi, J., MehrAfarin, A., Nohooji, M. G. & Etminan, A., Apr 2019, In : Industrial Crops and Products. 130, p. 237-247 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  4. STABILITYSOFT: a new online program to calculate parametric and non-parametric stability statistics for crop traits

    Pour-Aboughadareh, A., Yousefian, M., Moradkhani, H., Poczai, P. & Siddique, K. HM., 15 Jan 2019, In : Applications in Plant Sciences. 7, 1, 6 p., 1211.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientificpeer-review

  5. Plastomics of charophycean Coleochaete orbicularis and embryophyte Blasia pusilla

    Sablok, G., He, X., Miranto, M. J., Peltomaa, E., Bell, N., Sleith, R., Karol, K., Delwiche, C., Paulin, L. G., Poczai, P. & Hyvönen, J. T., 2018, p. 541. 1 p.

    Research output: Conference materialsPosterResearchpeer-review

  6. Shedding new light on the origin and spread of the brinjal eggplant (Solanum melongena L.; Solanaceae) and its wild relatives

    Aubriot, X., Knapp, S., Syfert, M., Poczai, P. & Buerki, S., Jul 2018, In : American Journal of Botany. 105, 7, p. 1175-1187 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  7. A revision of the Old World Black Nightshades (Morelloid clade of Solanum L., Solanaceae)

    Särkinen, T., Poczai, P., Barboza, G., van der Weerden, G. M., Baden, M. & Knapp, S., 25 Jul 2018, In : PhytoKeys. 106, p. 1-223 223 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  8. The first draft genome of Blasia pusilla using SMRT sequencing

    Sablok, G., He, X., Miranto, M. J., Peltomaa, E., Bell, N., Paulin, L. G., Poczai, P. & Hyvönen, J. T., 2018, p. 74. 1 p.

    Research output: Conference materialsPosterResearchpeer-review

  9. The chloroplast genome sequence of bittersweet (Solanum dulcamara): plastid genome structure evolution in Solanaceae

    Amiryousefi, A., Hyvönen, J. T. & Poczai, P., 2018, In : PLoS One. 13, 4, 23 p., e0196069.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  10. iMEC: Online Marker Efficiency Calculator

    Amiryousefi, A., Hyvönen, J. & Poczai, P., Jun 2018, In : Applications in Plant Sciences. 6, 6, e1159.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  11. IRscope: An online program to visualize the junction sites of chloroplast genomes

    Amiryousefi, A., Hyvönen, J. T. & Poczai, P., 2018, In : Bioinformatics. 34, 17, p. 3030-3031 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  12. Taxonomy based on science is necessary for global conservation

    Thomson, S., Pyle, R., T. Ahyong, S., A. Alonso-Zarazaga, M., Ammirati, J., Ascher, J. S., Audisio, T. L., Azvedo-Santos, V. M., Bailly, N., Baker, W. J., Balke, M., Barclay, M. V. L., Barrett, R. L., Benine, R. C., Bickerstaff, J. R. M., Bouchard, P., Bour, R., Bourgoin, T., Boyoko, C. B., Breure, A. S. H. & 168 othersBrothers, D. J., Buffington, M. L., Byng, J. W., Campbell, D., Ceriaco, L. M. P., Cernák, I., Cerretti, P., Chang, C-H., Cho, S., Copus, J. M., Costello, M. J., Cseh, A., Csúzi, C., Culham, A., D'Elia, G., d'Udekem d'Acoz, C., Daneliya, M. E., M. de Vos, J., Dekker, R., Dickinson, E. C., Dickinson, T. A., Dijkstra, K-D. B., Dima, B., Dmitriev, D. A., Duistermaat, L., Dumbacher, J. P., Eiserhardt, W. L., Ekrem, T., Evenhuis, N. L., Faille, A., Fernández-Triana, J. L., Fiesler, E., Fishbein, M., Fordham, B. G., Freitas, A. V. L., Friol, N. R., Fritz, U., Frøslev, T., Funk, V. A., Gaimari, S. D., Garbino, G. S. T., Gardes, M., Garraffoni, A. R. S., Geml, J., C. Gill, A., Gray, A., Grazziotin, F. G., Greenslade, P., Gutiérrez, E. E., Harvey, M. S., Hazevoet, C. J., He, K., He, X., Helfer, S., Helgen, K. M., Heller, K., Garcia, F. H., Holstein, N., Horváth, M. K., Hovenkamp, P. H., Hwang, W. S., Hyvönen, J. T., Islam, M. B., Iverson, J. B., Ivie, M. A., Jaafar, Z., Jackson, M. D., Jayat, J. P., Johnson, N. F., Kaiser, H., Klitgård, B. B., Knapp, D. G., Kojima, J., Kõljalg, U., Kontschán, J., Krell, F-T., Krisai-Greihuber, I., Kullander, S., Latella, L., Lattke, J. E., Lencioni, V., Lewis, G. P., Lhano, M. G., Lujan, N. K., Luksenburg, J. A., Mariaux, J., Marinho-Filho, J., Marshall, C. J., Mate, J. F., McDonough, M. M., Michel, E., Miranda, V. F. O., Mitroiu, M-D., Molinari, J., Monks, S., Moore, A. J., Moratelli, R., Moreau, P-A., Murányi, D., Nakano, T., Nihei, S. S., Noyes, J., Ohl, M., Oleas, N. H., Orrell, T., Páll-Gergely, B., Pape, T., Papp, V., Parenti, L. R., Patterson, D., Pavlinov, I. Y., Pine, R. H., Poczai, P., Prado, J., Prathapan, D., Rabeler, R. K., Randall, J. E., Rheindt, F. E., Rhodin, A. G. J., Rodríguez, S. M., Rogers, D. C., de O. Roque, F., Rowe, K. C., Ruedas, L. A., Salazar-Bravo, J., Salvador, R. B., Sangster, G., Sarmiento, C. E., Schigel, D. S., Schmidt, S., Schueler, F. W., Segers, H., Snow, N., Souza-Dias, P. G. B., Stals, R., Stenroos, S. K., Stone, R. D., Sturm, C. F., Štys, P., Teta, P., Thomas, D. C., Timm, R. M., Tindall, B. J., Todd, J. A., Triebel, D., Valdecasas, A. G., van Dijk, P. P., van Heteren, A. H., Vizzini, A., Vorontsova, M., Wagner, P., Watling, L., Weakley, A., Walter-Schultes, F., Whitmore, D., Wilding, N., Will, K., Williams, J., Wilson, K., Winston, J. E., Wüster, W., Yanega, D., Yeates, D. K., Zaher, H., Zhang, G., Zhang, Z-Q., Zhou, H-Z. & Zhu, C-D., 2018, In : PLoS Biology. 16, 3, e2005075.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  13. The complete chloroplast genome sequence of the CAM epiphyte Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides, Bromeliaceae) and its comparative analysis

    Poczai, P. & Hyvönen, J. T., 2017, In : PLoS One. 12, 11, 25 p., e0187199.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  14. Genome sequencing and population genomic analyses provide insights into the adaptive landscape of silver birch

    Salojärvi, J., Smolander, O-P., Nieminen, K., Rajaraman, S., Safronov, O., Safdari, P., Lamminmäki, A., Immanen, J., Lan, T., Tanskanen, J., Rastas, P., Amiryousefi, A., Jayaprakash, B., Kammonen, J. I., Hagqvist, R., Eswaran, G., Ahonen, V. H., Serra, J. A., Asiegbu, F. O., Barajas-Lopez, J. D. D. & 65 othersBlande, D., Blokhina, O., Blomster, T., Broholm, S., Brosche, M., Cui, F., Dardick, C., Ehonen, S. E., Elomaa, P., Escamez, S., Fagerstedt, K. V., Fujii, H., Gauthier, A., Gollan, P. J., Halimaa, P., Heino, P. I., Himanen, K., Hollender, C., Kangasjarvi, S., Kauppinen, L., Kelleher, C. T., Kontunen-Soppela, S., Koskinen, J. P., Kovalchuk, A., Karenlampi, S. O., Kärkönen, A. K., Lim, K-J., Leppälä, J., Macpherson, L., Mikola, J., Mouhu, K., Mähönen, A. P., Niinemets, U., Oksanen, E., Overmyer, K., Palva, E. T., Pazouki, L., Pennanen, V., Puhakainen, T., Poczai, P., Possen, B. J. H. M., Punkkinen, M., Rahikainen, M. M., Rousi, M., Ruonala, R., van der Schoot, C., Shapiguzov, A., Sierla, M., Sipilä, T. P., Sutela, S., Teeri, T. H., Tervahauta, A. I., Vaattovaara, A., Vahala, J., Vetchinnikova, L., Welling, A., Wrzaczek, M., Xu, E., Paulin, L. G., Schulman, A. H., Lascoux, M., Albert, V. A., Auvinen, P., Helariutta, Y. & Kangasjarvi, J., 8 May 2017, In : Nature Genetics. 49, 6, p. 904-912 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  15. Imre Festetics and the Sheep Breeders’ Society of Moravia: Mendel’s Forgotten “Research Network”

    Poczai, P., Bell, N. & Hyvönen, J., 2014, In : PLoS Biology. 12, 1, 5 p., e1001772.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  16. Advances in plant gene-targeted and functional markers: a review

    Poczai, P., Varga, I., Laos, M., Cseh, A., Bell, N., Valkonen, J. & Hyvönen, J., 2013, In : Plant Methods. 9, 31 p., 6.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleScientificpeer-review

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Highlighted activities

  1. Andrés Orejuela

    Péter Poczai (Host)
    11 Oct 201821 Oct 2018

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

  2. The 15th Solanaceae Conference

    Péter Poczai (Attendee)
    30 Sep 20184 Oct 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  3. 84th SCIENTIFIC REVIEW GROUP MEETING ON TRADE IN WILD FAUNA AND FLORA: CITES

    Péter Poczai (Attendee)
    26 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  4. Attila T. Szabó

    Péter Poczai (Host)
    16 Apr 201821 Apr 2018

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

  5. Tiina Särkinen

    Péter Poczai (Host)
    8 Apr 201818 Apr 2018

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

  6. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (Journal)

    Péter Poczai (Reviewer)
    12 Jan 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

  7. 82nd SCIENTIFIC REVIEW GROUP MEETING ON TRADE IN WILD FAUNA AND FLORA: CITES

    Péter Poczai (Attendee)
    5 Feb 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  8. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (Journal)

    Péter Poczai (Reviewer)
    2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

  9. Colloquium Lecture Series of the Finnish Museum of Natural History

    Péter Poczai (Chair of organizing committee)
    1 Sep 20171 Sep 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  10. Bálint Dima

    Péter Poczai (Host)
    9 Feb 201817 Feb 2018

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesAcademic visit at UH

  11. Frontiers in ecology and evolution (Journal)

    Péter Poczai (Reviewer)
    Feb 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

  12. Molecules (Journal)

    Péter Poczai (Reviewer)
    Feb 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

  13. Weed Research (Journal)

    Péter Poczai (Reviewer)
    Feb 2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

  14. Molecules (Journal)

    Péter Poczai (Reviewer)
    2018

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPeer review of manuscripts

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Highlighted projects

  1. PLAGE: Genetic diversity, conservation and utilization of plant genetic resources

    Poczai, P., Amiryousefi, A., Cseh, A., Karsai, I., Balla, K., Kiss, T., Bányai, J. & Illés, K.

    01/09/201731/12/2022

    Project: Research project

  2. SOLPHYLO: Phylogenetic Relationships and Organellar Genome Evolution in Solanaceae

    Poczai, P., Hyvönen, J., Amiryousefi, A., Aubriot, X., Sablok, G., Särkinen, T., Knapp, S., Buerki, S., Syfert, M., He, X., Gagnon, E., Orejuela, A., Barboza, G., Baden, M. & van der Weerden, G. M.

    Itä-Suomen yliopisto, Jyväskylän yliopisto, Uudenmaan liitto

    01/09/201601/09/2020

    Project: Research project_Research

  3. AMB: The phylogeny of ragweeds (genus Ambrosia, Asteraceae)

    Poczai, P., Hyvönen, J., Amiryousefi, A., Sablok, G. & He, X.

    LUOMUS

    15/03/201531/12/2018

    Project: Research project_Research

  4. AngioPlast: Plastid genome evolution of angiosperms

    Poczai, P., Hyvönen, J., Amiryousefi, A., Sablok, G. & He, X.

    01/09/201730/09/2020

    Project: Research project_Research

  5. The history of genetics: pre-Mendelian research networks

    Poczai, P., T. Szabó, A., Muszynski, L., Sekerák, J. & Santiago-Blay, J.

    03/04/201403/04/2020

    Project: Research project_Research

  6. Solanum in Europe: phylogeny and genetic diversity

    Poczai, P. & Hyvönen, J.

    01/06/201231/05/2014

    Project: Research project

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