Project manager: Prof. Dr. Erwin Grill
Problem: The primary strategy for avoiding drought stress in crop production is currently irrigation. Plant breeders are now pursuing the strategy of avoiding drought stress by early maturation of plants and by selecting for drought resistant varieties. However, the success rate of the latter approach is rather marginal. In this project the principles for selection and production of plants with improved yield stability under drought will be elucidated in the model species maize.