Abiotic stress response

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). We focus on early root formation, as plants are highly sensitive to these stresses during this phase of development.

Abiotic stress in barley
© Alina Klaus/ University of Bonn

Publications from our group on abiotic stress response of seedling roots:


Avatar Hochholdinger

Prof. Dr. Frank Hochholdinger

+49 228 73-60334


Avatar Zhou

Dr. Yaping Zhou

+49 228 73-60525

Avatar Klaus

Alina Klaus

+49 228 73-54205

Avatar Sommer

Mauritz Leonard Sommer

+49 228 73-54205

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