Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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LSP Project 2-6

Phenotypic and molecular characterization of effects of climate change on growth dynamics in crops

The year 2016 was the warmest year ever recorded since systematic temperature measurements began more than a century ago. The fifth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2 projects an increase of 0.8–4.8 °C in global mean surface temperature within the twenty-first century. Such figures are alarming as it is expected that this will strongly affect plant distribution and survival, and therefore threaten biodiversity. Likewise, crop productivity will probably suffer greatly from global warming, while food production is required to increase significantly to sustain a growing and more demanding world population. Already today global warming is negatively affecting crop yields. Crop-level adaptations, however, have the potential to reverse projected detrimental effects. For cereals, which are the target crop of this proposal, it has been shown that targeted breeding efforts are able and needed to ensure progress in building temperature tolerance, especially in warmer environments. In this project we will investigate physiological and molecular temperature responses in wheat and barley in collabration with Jochen Reif and Thomas Altmann from the IPK Gatersleben, aiming to identify promising future breeding targets. To realize this, we will implement high-throughput image-based phenotyping to identify and understand growth-related traits sensitive to ambient temperature.


Prof. Dr. Marcel Quint, Projektleiter

Tel: 0345 55 22739

Dr. Simon Fraas

Tel: 0345 55 22657