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29 Acknowledgements I would like to thank my supervisors in Sweden Roland von Bothmer and Jens Weibull, and in Latvia Isaak Rashal for giving me the possibility to work on this interesting project. Thank you for the encouragement, optimism and help through these years.
I would also like to thank the Nordic Gene Bank, gene banks in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; and plant breeding companies in Nordic and Baltic states (Boreal Plant Breeding Ltd. in Finland, Planteforsk Kvithamar Research Centre in Norway, Svalöf Weibull AB in Sweden, The Abed Foundation and Sejet Plant Breeding in Denmark, Priekuli and Stende Plant Breeding Stations in Latvia, Jõgeva Plant Breeding Institute in Estonia, Lithuanian Institute of Agriculture in Lithuania) for supplying with the plant material used in this project.
Thanks to the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and the Nilsson-Ehle foundation for financial support of this study.
I would like to express my gratitude to all the other people who has supported and encouraged me these years of PhD studies, colleagues, friends and family.
A special thank to:
Jan-Eric Englund for all the help with the statistical problems I kept coming up with Magne for practical and theoretical help with field trials and taking care of me in Norway Arnulf for always supporting me and reading my manuscript Stine for kindness, support and your ability to show the bright side of any problem Christophe for help and all the ‘fights’, jokes and songs in the lab Rebecka and Monica E. for the help at SW Laboratory and Bengt for all the conversations in Swedish☺ Waheeb for being kind and reading my thesis Göran O. and Tor for taking care of my plants in the greenhouses Kerstin for the help with the isozyme gel pictures Staff at Graminor (Bjørke), Priekuli Breeding Station (Priekuli) and SvalöfWeibull (Lanskrona) for the help with the field trials, especially Linda, Therese and Stein for the help and keeping up my spirit during the tough harvesting days.
Breeders Elina and Reino (Finland), Göran P. (Sweden), Morten (Denmark☺Sweden), Algė (Lithuania), Rune and Jörgen (Sweden) and Ylle (Estonia) for help with the information about the cultivars Lars F. and Lars H. for the help with computer ‘issues’☺.
Ing-Britt and Siggi for managing bills and the money and Louise for help with material from NGB Esayas and Linus for help with NTSYS software Christina, Jan and Tord for the support and help with the formalities from Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Plant Genetics laboratory in Latvia – Dace, Gunta, Nadezda and Gaida for encouragement and good words.
Malin A. for the pictures from her family’s farm used on the cover of this thesis.
30 Ann-Sofie, Björn, Cecilia, Claus, Erland, Eva, Helen, Lotta, Oscar, Susanne, Salla, Vijal and Zbigniew for your help and kindness Malin C. for introducing me to Swedish ‘customs’☺, friendship and reading my thesis.
Beatrice for being my first friend here in Sweden and teaching me some Swahili Fredrik, Johanna, Karin, Marisa, Marco, Larisa, and Stefan for the friendship and good times.
Pernilla and Shu-Chin for being the great office colleagues and friends and all your help and encouragement.
Ieva, Dace, Kaspars, Ketrija, Linda, Guntars and Vita for still being my friends in Latvia in spite of my long stay in Sweden.
Monica and Tintin for the warm friendship, the laughs, jokes, all the help and support and….comments☺ Ramune for keeping up the Baltic spirit and being my dear fried My parents and little sister for your love and support /Paldies manai mammai, tētim un mazajai māsai, bez Jūsu atbalsta un mīlestības es nebutu nedz uzsākusi nedz arī spējusi pabeigt šo darbu !!!!/ And last, but not least Johan for the love, patience, and helping me. You always have been there for me and know how to keep my spirit up!