Unravelling temperature signalling in wheat

01 January 2019 → Ongoing
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Biomaterials engineering
    • Biological system engineering
    • Biomaterials engineering
    • Biomechanical engineering
    • Other (bio)medical engineering
    • Environmental engineering and biotechnology
    • Industrial biotechnology
    • Other biotechnology, bio-engineering and biosystem engineering
Project description

Due to climate change, plants are exposed to greater variation in environmental conditions, and this
has an impact on their performance. Therefore, we need breeding strategies that deliver resilience
to extreme weather events and environmental conditions. But, at the moment, we lack in depth
knowledge on the genetic, molecular/biochemical and physiological basis for temperature response
and tolerance, especially in cereal grasses. In this project, we will collect scientific knowledge
regarding temperature stress and wheat (growth and physiology) and we will explore the underlying
signalling mechanisms that control growth and fertility at low and high temperature in wheat. To
achieve this, we will perform differential proteome and phosphoproteome analyses of wheat
seedlings and ears exposed to low and high temperature and functionally characterize a subset of
candidate proteins. Subsequently, we will use the data to develop temperature-associated wheat
research tools and markers for breeding.