Dr. Markus Stetter

Research focus

Crops and their domestication are an ideal model to study the genomic signatures of adaptation as adaptive traits are known and different plant species show varying levels of domestication. We study the incomplete domestication of the South American pseudo-cereal, amaranth, and the domestication and cultivation history of maize. To understand how complex traits adapt to changing environments, we combine population and quantitative genetic methods with molecular experiments. With our work we aim to understand how wild plants became crops and how these crops spread across the globe.

The five most important publications

Stetter MG, Vidal-Villarejo M, Schmid KJ (2019) Convergent seed color adaptation during repeated domestication of an ancient new world grain. [PREPRINT] bioRxiv:547943. doi: 10.1101/547943.

Stetter MG, Thornton K, Ross-Ibarra J (2018) Genetic architecture and selective sweeps after polygenic adaptation to distant trait optima. PLoS Genet 14(11):e1007794. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1007794.

Joshi DC, Sood S, Hosahatti R, Kant L, Pattanayak A, Kumar A, Yadav D, Stetter MG (2018) From zero to hero: the past, present and future of grain amaranth breeding. Theor Appl Genet 131(9):1807-1823. doi: 10.1007/s00122-018-3138-y.

Stetter MG, Müller T, Schmid KJ (2017) Genomic and phenotypic evidence for an incomplete domestication of South American grain amaranth (Amaranthus caudatus). Mol Ecol 26(3):871-886. doi: 10.1111/mec.13974.

Stetter MG, Schmid KJ (2017) Analysis of phylogenetic relationships and genome size evolution of the Amaranthus genus using GBS indicates the ancestors of an ancient crop. Mol Phylogenet Evol 109:80-92. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2016.12.029.





Dr. Markus Stetter


+49 221 4703906

Botanical Institute, Cologne Biocenter
University of Cologne

Zülpicher Str. 47b

50674 Cologne

Heinrich Heine University
University of Cologne
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Forschungszentrum Jülich