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

Call for Abstracts


Call for Abstracts


SPP1530 Workshop on: Pleiotropic effects of Flowering Time Genes and their Impact on Adaptation and Speciation

 - Cologne, January 21-23, 2013-


In recent years, the discovery of pleiotropic effects of Flowering Time (FTi) genes has emerged as a field of research with significant potential to impact crop improvement. There is increasing evidence, that expression of FTi genes has global effects on plant performance.

We aim to bring together researchers focusing on this interesting field to promote cross species comparisons of flowering time regulators. The conference will take place in an inspiring environment at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne from January 21-23, 2013.

We invite abstracts for oral presentations and posters. Session themes will cover pleiotropic aspects of FTi genes in model plants, cultivated species and their wild relatives. Evolutionary aspects of FTi genes and their roles in speciation and for species stability will be discussed. Additionally, contributions on the role of FTi genes for adaptation to changing environmental factors/climate conditions will also be highly welcomed.  




SESSION 1:     Flowering time genes and speciation in wild and cultivated species

SESSION 2:     Flowering time genes and their role in crop domestication

SESSION 3:     Flowering time genes and adaptation to different environments


Keynote Speakers


Timo Hytonen,          Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland (Session 1)

James Cockram,     National Institute of Agricultural Botany, Cambridge, United Kingdom (Session 2 )

Robbie Waugh,        James Hutton Institute, Dundee, United Kingdom (Session 2)

Cynthia Weinig,        University, Department of Botany, University of Wyoming (Session 3)


Key Dates


Submission of abstracts:      December 11

Notification of acceptance:    December 17

Registration deadline:           December 19

Meeting:                                   January 21-23, 2013


Program Committee


- Maria Albani, Cologne

- George Coupland, Cologne

- Seth Davis, Cologne

- Maria von Korff, Cologne

- Martina Blümel, Kiel

- Christian Jung, Kiel


Location: Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Carl-von Linné Weg 10,

D-50829 Köln (Cologne)




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:  http://www.flowercrop.uni-kiel.de/en/scientific-workshops/pleiotropic-effects-fti-genes


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