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Abiotic stress response


Heat and drought stress affected maize development in central Europe in 2018. High genetic variation for the tolerance to these abiotic stresses is present in European landraces

Abiotic stresses like drought, heat, cold and salt stress are major factors limiting plant production worldwide. With the progress of climate change, the severity and variation of these stresses will increase. The development of tolerant cultivars is complicated by the variability and complex genetic architecture of traits related to abiotic stress.

Currently, we are working to decode the genetic and genomic basis of cold tolerance in maize (BMBF project MAZE) and combined drought and salt tolerance in barley (DFG GRK2064). We focus on early root formation, as plants are highly sensitive to these stresses during this phase of development.



Collection of transcriptomic data generated within the research focus on abiotic stress response:

RNA-Seq data of maize in response to water deficit generated…

RNA-Seq data of diverse maize inbred lines in response to cold stress (BMBF project MAZE) generated…

RNA-Seq data of maize inbred line B73 in response to local high nitrate stimulation generated…

RNA-Seq data of barley seedling roots in response to drought and high salt stress (DFG GRK2064)