An interdisciplinary research group at the Agricultural University of Iceland. Our aim is to shed light on how early settlement, isolation and adaptation to unique environmental conditions shaped societies and modern genetic resources in the North Atlantic


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1100 years of isolation

The colonization of the North Atlantic in the 9th and 10th centuries represents some of the last places on Earth settled. This recent event provides a great opportunity to study processes of introduction and adaptation in a unique environment under isolation.


methods and scientifc approacH

Through genetic analysis of both modern and archaeological samples we aim to understand the process of settlement and adaptation of agriculture through the centuries. But also to channel our findings into practice through breeding.