SPP 1530: Flowering Time Control - from Natural Variation to Crop Improvement

Welcome to the Homepage of the DFG Priority Program 1530: Flowering Time Control – from Natural Variation to Crop improvement


Mission statement

In agriculture, flowering is a prerequisite for crop production whenever seeds or fruits are harvested. Today we know that changes in the expression of a single Flowering Time (FTi) regulator only can suffice to drastically alter Flowering Time. This offers new perspectives to broaden the genetic variation of crops and to exploit the molecular fundament of FTi control for knowledge-based breeding.

The strategic aim of the PP is to develop a functional cross-species network of FTi regulators for modeling developmental and associated (e.g. yield) characters in relation to environmental cues.

Team working, meetings, promotion of young researchers

This priority program brings together scientists from different fields of expertise such as genome research, genetics/breeding, physiology, and bioinformatics. The program has strong international ties. Progress meetings are held regularly and at rotating venues which represent the various centers of expertise within the PP.
The program also aims explicitly to support young scientists in strengthening their skills for their later career by enabling vigorous scientific exchange within the PP and beyond through measures such as travel grants and workshops.


The PP1530 is funded by the German research foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG). The first funding phase lasted from July 2011 - June 2014. 47 researchers were working in 19 different projects.

The second funding phase of PP1530 lasts from December 2014 -  December 2017. 23 PIs received grants for 18 projects. 11 projects will be continued and 7 new projects will start their research in the 2nd phase.


The priority program 1530 is coordinated by Prof. Dr. Christian Jung from the Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel. The members of the program committee can be found here.

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