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



Monday, January 21



George Coupland (Director Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne) and

Christian Jung (Coordinator PP1530, Director Plant Breeding Institute, Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel)

Session 1:

Comparative studies of flowering time genes across species Chair: Maria Albani

Keynote Lecture: Timo Hytonen

Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Regulation of flowering in Rosaceae -same genes in different context
Yuan Guo (Plant Breeding Institute, Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel): TILLING suggests pleiotropic effects related to EMS-generated alleles of flowering genes in the allopolyploid Brassica napus
Maria von Korff (Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne) Mutations in the circadian clock ortholog HvElf3 faciilitates short-season adaptation in barley.
Coffee break
Claire Perilleux (Université de Liége) Functional conservation of FLC activity between root chicory (Cichorium intybus var. sativum) and Arabidopsis
Yiguo Hong (University Warwick) Florigen signalling in flowering and increased productivity
17.30-18.00 Hans Hoenicka (vTI, Inst. For Forest Genetics, Grosshansdorf)  Pleiotropic effects of „flowering“ genes in transgenic poplar
Christina Kühn (Humboldt-University Berlin) The role of an Indeterminate1-like protein in floral induction and tuberization in potato plants
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Tuesday, January 22

SESSION 2 : Flowering time genes and their role in crop evolution Chair: Maria von Korff
9.30 - 10.15

Keynote lecture Robbie Waugh

James Hutton Institute, Dundee, UK
Adaptation of barley to new environments
10.15-10.45 Ana Casas (Department of Genetics and Plant Production, Aula Dei Experimental Station, EEAD-CSIC, Zaragoza)
Barley adaptation. Lessons learned from landraces will help to cope with climate change
10.45-11.15 Wiebke Sannemann (Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms-University Bonn)  Flowering time in a MAGIC population in barley
Coffee break
12.00-12.30 Nina Pfeiffer (Plant Breeding Institute, Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel)

Genetic and phenotypic characterization of bolting failure in Beta vulgaris

Nadine Dally (Plant Breeding Institute, Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel) New bolting genes from sugar beet (B. vulgaris) which control early bolting independent of BvBTC1
Lunch (DiPalma Kantine @MPIPZ)  
Session 3: Pleiotropic Effects of Arabidopsis flowering pathways/genes Chair: Christian Jung

Keynote lecture Maarten Koornneef

  Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne

Arabidopsis Natural Variation:  Epistasis of Flowering Time Alleles Reveals A New Function For An Old Gene
Fernando Andres (Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne) Photoperiodic signals activate the gibberellin pathway to accelerate flowering in Arabidopsis
Liangyu Liu (Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne) A distant enhancer controls Flowering Locus T in Arabidopsis
Coffee break
Ute Höcker (University of Cologne): SPA-mediated protein degradation in flowering time control and photomorphogenesis
Peter Huijser (Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne) Redeployment of SPL genes beyond the vegetative-to-reproductive phase transition
Poster Session
19:30 - open end joint in-town evening (Brauhaus Päffgen).
Address: Friesenstraße 64, 50670 Cologne
Please be prepared to pay for drinks yourself.

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 Wednesday, January 23

SESSION 4: Flowering time genes and Adaptation to different environments

Chair: Seth Davis

 9.00 - 9.30
Claus Schwechheimer (WissenschaftszentrumWeihenstephan, TU München): Cross-repressive interactions between SOC1 and the GATA factors GNC and GNL/CGA1 in the control of greening, cold tolerance and flowering time in Arabidopsis
Benedikt Drosse (Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne) Whole Transcriptome Profiling in Barley Shoot Apices During Floral Transition
Susan Duncan (John Innes Centre, Norwich): An Increased Vernalization Temperature Optimum at the Northerly Limit of the Arabidopsis Range
Amaury de Montaigue (Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne): Phenotypic impact of natural variation in diurnal gene expression waveforms
11.00-11.30 Coffee break
Keynote lecture: Cynthia Weinig,
Department of Botany, University of Wyoming
Characterizing the circadian clock in seasonal settings.
Closing Remarks, Comments

Lunch (Sandwiches), End of Meeting




The PP1530 2nd Annual Consortium Meeting will take place directly after this Meeting from January 23, 14.00 - January 24, 15.00.

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