Research report 2008 - Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research

Plant breeding for climate change adaptation

Authors
von Korff, Maria
Departments

Entwicklungsbiologie der Pflanzen (Prof. Dr. George Coupland)
MPI für Pflanzenzüchtungsforschung, Köln

Summary
Global change threatens agricultural production and represents a challenge for plant breeding research. Consequently, research focuses on elucidating the genetic regulation of adaptation to drought stress in crop plants. Barley is a good model for analysing genetic adaptation mechanisms, as it is characterized by tolerance to abiotic stress and a high genetic diversity. Understanding the genetic regulation of flowering time, for example, will allow the targeted manipulation of development during the breeding process and hence adaptation to changing environments.

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