Project manager: Prof. Dr. Angelika Mustroph
Problem: In agriculture, rapeseed is not farmed on fields threatened with flooding. These days a proper drainage of the crop land as well as sophisticated cultivation methods are applied. In case of flooding caused by thawing periods or heavy rain, farmers have to deal with harvest losses. This project will answer the question, what the genetic reasons for the sensitivity of rapeseed to flooding are and how large the band width of this sensitivity is for the varieties of European rapeseed. The study is going to investigate whether the adaptation of rapeseed to increasing heavy rainfall events can be improved through breeding.