The number of tillers (side shoots) and the number of seeds per spike has been strongly ...
Our major research interest focuses on unravelling the genetic underpinnings of barley development. We are exploiting natural genetic variation within the important crop plant barley (Hordeum vulgare), its wild progenitor Hordeum v. ssp. spontaneum and related wild Hordeum species to dissect the quantitative genetic basis of shoot development in response to different environmental cues (abiotic stresses).
Our research focuses on the following interconnected questions:
1) How are the establishment, maintenance and termination of different plant meristems controlled on a molecular level and in response to environmental cues in barley?
2) What are the underpinnings of annual versus perennial growth and consequently of plant longevity?
3) How does variation in plant development and longevity (annual, perennial) affect assimilate allocation between source-sink tissues and thus vegetative and reproductive yield?