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

2. International Symposium: Genetic Variation of Flowering Time Genes and Applications for Crop Improvement


March 24-26, 2014, Bielefeld, Germany

Meeting Venue: Universitätsstraße 25 ,  DE-33615 Bielefeld, Germany

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Call for abstracts

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 welcome contributions for oral presentations and posters from model species and any kind of cultivated plants, including annual and biennial species used in agriculture and horticulture, fruit trees and forest trees.


1: Gene expression networks, signaling pathways and epigenetic regulation

2: Common and distinct evolutionary pathways

3: Flowering time regulation in perennials

4: Pleiotropic effects of flowering time regulators

5: Integration of endogenous and environmental factors

6: Control of flowering time in crops

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Ove Nilsson

Richard Amasino

Maria Albani

Christian Bachem

Markus Schmid

Joseph Colasanti

Detlef Weigel

George Coupland


Please register online by: February 15, 2014

Abstract submission deadline : January 31, 2014

Conference Fee: 65 €

This conference fee will be used to finance the conference dinner.

Please transfer the conference fee to the following bank account:


Account holder: Martina Blümel

Account No. : 340774300

BLZ: 25010030


IBAN: DE91250100300340774300



Organizers: Dorothee Staiger (Bielefeld University), Daniela Holtgräwe (CeBiTec, Bielefeld University), Klaus Pillen, (Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenburg)

Ivo Große (Martin Luther University,  Halle-Wittenburg), Maria von Korff (MPI for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne), Christian Jung (Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel)


For further information, please contact: m.bluemel@plantbreeding.uni-kiel.de

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