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

Call for Abstracts

SPP1530 International Symposium on: Genetic Variation of Flowering Time Genes and Application for Crop Improvement

- Bielefeld, March 24-26, 2014 -


The timing of flowering relies on a complex network of genetic and regulatory pathways and the integration of a variety of environmental cues. In the past years we have gained increasing knowledge of flowering time regulation in Arabidopsis thaliana and numerous crop species. Flowering time regulators are important for crop plant domestication and adaptation to different environments. Their pleiotropic effects can impact important traits such as yield and stress tolerance. Moreover, the phenological development of a plant can be drastically altered by mutation and genetic modification of major flowering time regulators.

We invite researchers to submit their abstracts for oral presentations and posters fitting to one of the following sessions:

  • gene expression networks, signaling pathways and epigenetic regulation
  • common and distinct evolutionary pathways
  • control of flowering time regulation in perennials
  • pleiotropic effects of flowering time regulators
  • integration of endogenous and environmental factors
  • genetic variation of flowering time genes in crops


Contributions are welcome from model species and any kind of cultivated plants, including annual and biennial species used in agriculture and horticulture, fruit trees and forest trees.




Bielefeld University, Universitätsstr. 25, 33615 Bielefeld, Germany



Confirmed Keynote Speakers


Session 1: Ove Nilsson (Umea Plant Science Centre, Umea, Sweden)

Session 2: Richard Amasino (University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA)

Session 3: Maria Albani (Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany)

Session 4: Christian Bachem (Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands)

Session 5: Markus Schmid (Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany)

Session 6: Joseph Colasanti (Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada) - to be confirmed



Key Dates


Submission of abstracts:      January 31, 2014

Notification of acceptance:    February 12, 2014

Registration deadline:           February 15, 2014

Symposium:                        March 24 -26, 2014



Program Committee


  • Dorothee Staiger, Bielefeld
  • Klaus Pillen, Halle-Wittenburg
  • Ivo Große, Halle-Wittenburg
  • Maria von Korff, Köln
  • Christian Jung, Kiel





Martina Bluemel

Christian Albrechts University Kiel

Plant Breeding Institute

Am Botanischen Garten 1-9

24118 Kiel, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)431 880 2135

Fax: +49 (0)431 880 2566


Further Information:

Registration:   http://www.flowercrop.uni-kiel.de/en/international-symposium-genetic-variation-for-flowering-time-genes-and-application-for-crop-improvement/registration

Abstract Submission: http://www.flowercrop.uni-kiel.de/en/international-symposium-genetic-variation-for-flowering-time-genes-and-application-for-crop-improvement/abstract-submission