VIDI: Flowering time genes branching out (2021-2025)
The timing of flowering determines not only when a flower is formed but also the seed number, seed weight and number of branches. The researchers will study how these traits are linked at the molecular level in order to improve cereal crop yield through knowledge-based breeding strategies.
VENI: Branching controls yield in barley (2017-2020)
Cereal crop yield is determined by the number of seeds per spike, seed weight and the number of spike bearing branches. Negative correlations between these traits limit the improvement of yield. In this project the trait-off between different yield components in barley was studied at the molecular and genetic level.