Scientists make plants fit for climate change

Projekt „Bioeconomy: A multimedia peportage“; University of Würzburg and University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt; sponsored by the Science Year 2020/21 – Bioeconomy, an initiative of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Link: www.bioökonomie.info

German language only

Kick off Meeting

BayKlimaFit 2 – Strong plants mitigating the impact of climate change

Date: July 8, 2021

Due to the current situation the event will be organized as a online symposium (video conference).

Program (German only)

Press release Bavarian State Ministry of the Environmental and Consumer Protection (German language only)

TUM News vom 8. Juli 2021 (German language only)

top agrar online vom 9. Juli 2021 (German language only)

Newsletter Bavarian State Government July 9, 2021 (pdf-file) (German language only)

top agrar online July 9, 2021 (German language only)

Agrarwelt July 9, 2021 (German language only)

Newsticker Pflanzenforschung July 9, 2021 (German language only)


The lecture series TUM@Freising will be continued online on April 27, 2021

further information

press release Freisinger FORUM from April 17, 2021 (as pdf-file - German only)

press release Freisinger Tagblatt from April 29, 2021 (as pdf-file - German only)

Lecture at the German Museum Munich

Prof. Dr. Chris-Carolin Schön will speak about "Genome-edited plants - an opportunity for sustainable agriculture?" ("Genom-editierte Pflanzen – Eine Chance für nachhaltige Landwirtschaft?")

Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020, 7 pm - postphoned

further information Deutschen Museum (German language only)

BR Television

Bayerischer Rundfunk, broadcast "Unser Land", October 9, 2020 with Prof. Dr. Caroline Gutjahr, topic: "Mushroom network in farmland: More yield due to mycorrhiza fungi (Pilzgeflechte im Ackerboden: Mehr Ertrag durch Mykorrhiza-Pilze)" (minute 13:40-20:24) - link to media library (German only)

Publikation in Nature Genetics

The press release of July 27, 2020 of the Helmholtz Zentrum München presents the latest publication in Nature Genetics. The study were carried out with the participation of scientists in the project network BayKlimaFit.

September Issue Nature Genetics (cover from BayKlimaFit - photo: Tom Freudenberg / pict-images)

Press information Helmholtz Zentrum München

Publication Nature Genetics

TUM magazine „Faszination Forschung“

Starting at page 70 the newest edition #24 of the TUM scientific magazine „Faszination Forschung“ reports about the search for specific genes in maize plants which are responsible for tolerant and productive plants.

Intelligent plant improvement: Searching for the needle in the haystack

Image brochure

The new image brochure of the TUM School of Life Sciences „Working for One Health“ is online. Under the section “Making plants fit for stressful times” the research conducted in the BayKlimaFit project network is introduced besides others.

EUCARPIA Conference

XXIVth EUCARPIA Maize and Sorghum Conference

Integrating quantitative and molecular genetics to develop new breeding methods in maize and sorghum

October 7 -9, 2019, Freising

further informationen and registration

Summer School

TUM Summer School 2019 on "Selection and Breeding"

Herrsching am Ammersee

June 25 – July 2, 2019

further information and registration

Sat 1 Television

News report 17:30 Sat.1 Bayern covering the final event - 25.02.2019 (German only)

Press release

Press release Bavarian State Ministry of the Environmental and Consumer Protection (as pdf-file, German only) 25.02.2019

TUM@Freising: Prof. Grill will talk about how green or future will be

On February 26, 2019, Prof. Erwin Grill talked about "How green is our future? Water as a limiting factor for plant production" at the Lindenkeller Freising.

Announcement Freisinger Forum (as pdf-file -16.02.2019 - German only)

Link to the University homepage (German only)

news coverage Munich Merkur 28.02.2019 (as tif-file) (German only)

BayKlimaFit - final event

On February 25, 2019 the final event of the project network BayKlimaFit will be held at the Munich Residence. (German language only)


Press release Bavarian State Ministry of the Environmental and Consumer Protection (German language only) (pdf-file)

Julia Workshop

Introduction to the programming language Julia

December 3 - 7, 2018

further information and registration

Cooperation partner participated in decoding the wheat genome

Cooperation partner from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Munich (Plant Genome and System Biology) participated in decoding the wheat genome

Münchner Merkur (pdf-file) from 17. August 2018 (German only)

Tagesschau from 17. August 2018 (German only)

President’s Medal - Society of Experimental Biology (UK)

SEB President's Medal 2018 in plant biology was awarded to Prof. Caroline Gutjahr for outstanding merit.

further informationen: Society for Experimantal Biology (SEB Homepage) and AcademiaNet and youtube

Bavarian Order of Merit

Prof. Chris-Carolin Schön received the Bavarian Order of Merit (Bayerischer Verdienstorden) for her engagement for the state of Bavaria. The Order of Merit has been presented in a ceremony by the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder on 27th of June 2018.

Press release Bavarian State Chancellery from 22.06.2018 (German only)
see article of the Münchner Merkur from 23.06.2018 (German only)
Press release TU Munich fom 27.06.2018 (German only)
articel Münchner Merkur from 28.06.2018 (German only)
Samerberger Nachrichten from 28.06.2018 (German only)

Why cereal is better

Press release University Würzburg (pdf-file) 26.04.2018

The best of two worlds

Landshuter Zeitung, March 24, 2018, article from Katharina Aurich after interviewing Prof. Schön, "The best of two worlds" (pdf-file - in German language only)

Broadcast Notizbuch from 15.03.2018

Radio Bayern 2, broadcast Notizbuch from 15.03.2018: “Bei Saatgutzüchtern zu Besuch - Vom Säen und Ernten“ (Visiting plant breeders – from seeding to harvesting), about the development of plants for the future; report by Tobias Chmura and interviews with Dr. Eva Bauer, Stefan Schwertfirm and the plant breeder company Breun (German language only)


Event Information

Symposium „Climate change in urban areas – challenges for agriculture and water management” 19.02.2019, at the Munich Residence. 

Programm (German only)

Podium discussion about “Risks and chances of the climate change” with Prof. Sonnewald FAU Erlangen.

TUM@Freising: Prof. Chris-Caroline Schön gave a talk about "Green Biotechnology – chances and future perspectives"

On February 6, 2018, Prof. Chris-Caroline Schön talked about „Green biotechnology – chances and future perspectives" at the Lindenkeller Freising. The talk is part of the event "TUM@Freising, Science explained for everyone". News article Freisinger Tagblatt (German only) (as tif-file)

Link to the University homepage (German only) 

Link to Freising  (German only) 

Münchner Merkur October 14, 2017

Münchner Merkur October 14, 2017 (Journal J5, Welt und Wissen): "Mais trotzt Hitze, Kälte, Trockenheit", article from Christian Rauch after interviewing Prof. Schön and Dr. Bauer (in German language only) - pdf-file

First research results of the project network BayKlimaFit presented in interim report

On October 9, 2017 the project network “BayKlimaFit – Strategies for the adaptation of crop plants to climate change” presented an interim report during a conference at the Innovations- und Gründerzentrum Biotechnologie (IZB) in Martinsried/Munich.

Press release Bavarian State Ministry of the Environmental and Consumer Protection (German language only) or as pdf-file

News coverage MünchenTV on 9. Oktober 2017 (German language only)

topagrarONLINE 18.10. 2017 (German language only)

Focus Online Local 09.10. 2017 (German language only)

Mittelbayerische 09.10. 2017 (German language only)

Welt N24 09.10.2017 (German language only)

Schwäbische 09.10.2017 (German language only)

idowa 09.10.2017 (German language only)

Umweltruf  09.10.2017 (German language only)

Forum Grüne Vernunft  09.10.2017 (German language only)

Heimatzeitung  09.10. 2017 (German language only)


European Research Council awarded project partner

Prof. Dr. Caroline Gutjahr receives an ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council.

more information - FOCUS ONLINE 08.09.2017 (German language only)

Valent BioSciences Young Scientist Award for project partner

On 09.08.2017 Prof. Gutjahr receives the Valent BioSciences Young Scientist Award from the Plant Growth Regulation Society of America.

BayFor News Publication

The project network BayKlimaFit was introduced on a full-side spread in the latest issue of BayFOR News (February 2017 issue, page 21 - German only). pdf

First BayKlimaFit Publication

We are pleased to present the first publication of the project network BayKlimaFit from the subproject “Improving cold tolerance of maize”. Professor Dr. Chris-Carolin Schön and her team of theTechnical University of Munich generated the first reference sequence of a European Flint maize line (bioRxiv doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/103747).

Conference and Spring School

Registration "Spring School 2017" in Herrsching am Ammersee (March 25 - April 1, 2017) and the International Conference "Selection Theory and Breeding Methodology" in Freising (March 23 - 24, 2017) are open now.

BayKlimaFit subproject is presenting on the Landesgartenschau (Bavarian State Garden Show)

On June 23rd, 2016 Prof. Mustroph explained visitors of the Landesgartenschau which strategies plants have developed to survive flooding.

More information (in German language only)

Award for project partner

We are pleased to announce that on June 21st 2016 Prof Chris-Carolin Schön (Chair of Plant Breeding at the Technical University Munich) was awarded the Max Schönleutner medal.

For more information see http://www.msgw.de/ (in German language only).

more press articles

top agrarOnline, 26.05.2016 (German language only)

farmer, 24.05.2016 (Polish language only)

einBlick (University Würzburg), 23.05.2016 (German language only)

ScienceDaily, 17. Mai 2016

Artikel Nürnberger Nachrichten (Altmühl-Bote), 18. April 2016 (German language only)

Artikel Mittelbayerische Zeitung, 9. May 2016 (German language only)

Kick off meeting for BayKlimaFit was a huge success

On 14th April 2016 the kick off meeting for the project network “BayKlimaFit – Strategies for the adaptation of crop plants to climate change” was held at the Munich Residence. After a brief welcome speech by the president of the Technical University Munich, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Wolfgang A. Herrmann, the Bavarian State Minister Ms. Ulrike Scharf took over. She introduced the audience to the problems of climate change and presented the research cluster. With a symbolic sponsorship check she handed over to the research teams the project network was officially kicked off. Representatives of the 9 individual subprojects then provided details of their scientific objectives to the public. About 140 guests from all over Germany attended the event.

Special thanks to all helpers and guests who contributed to make this kick off meeting a big success. 

Press release Bavarian State Ministry of the Environmental and Consumer Protection (German language only)

Press release TU Munich (German language only)

Press release University Bayreuth (German language only)

Press release University Regensburg (Wochenblatt), 22. April 2016 (German language only)