Leibniz Graduate School "Yield Formation in cereals-overcoming yield-limiting factors" as a part of the IPK Graduate Program

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The Leibniz-Graduate School for Yield Formation in Cereals aims at the identification of genetic and physiological factors limiting yield potential in barley and wheat. In a close cooperation of researchers from the IPK and the MLU, association and QTL mapping in diverse barley and wheat populations will be conducted to identify quantitative trait loci and underlying genes determining floret fertility or yield components. Transgenic approaches will be employed to stabilize hybrid vigour, to manipulate phytohormone and assimilate translocation to elevate tiller formation and to increase root development. In a physiological approach, the coordination of senescence processes in roots and leaves will be investigated to uncover potential factors central for improving yield components. 8 PhD student positions have been funded for this school, and all students will be incorporated into the developing Graduate Program at the IPK. The graduate school will be a structural component of the newly established “WissenschaftsCampus Halle” to promote the concept of a plant-based bioeconomy at a scholarly level.

WGL Joint Initiative for Research and Innovation – 2012

A joint initiative involving:

  • Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung (IPK)
  • Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Faculties of Natural Sciences I & III


Project leader:

Prof. Dr. Nicolaus von Wirén, Department for Physiology & Cell Biology, IPK 


Steering committee:

Prof. Dr. Klaus Humbeck, Plant Physiology, Faculty of Natural Sciences I, MLU

Prof. Dr. Klaus Pillen, Plant Breeding, Faculty of Natural Sciences III, MLU

Prof. Dr. Andreas Graner, Gene Bank Department, IPK

Dr. Tim Sharbel, Group leader “Apomixis”, IPK