Benjamin Claassen

Former ROOTS member

Olshausenstraße 80a, R. EG. 04
Phone: +49 431 880-6704
Telefax: +49 431 880-5498

I am an evolutionary biologist with interest in the origins and diversity of crops in historic Europe and their evolutionary histories. My work focuses on agricultural significant crops, such as Secale cereal, and their associated fungal pathogens from the Chalcolithic to the early modern period. Using modern molecular biology techniques as well as state of the art sequencing and computational methods, I am investigating samples of ancient DNA at the genomic level to learn more about how different factors, e.g., domestication and plant-pathogen interactions, influenced plant evolution.


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