Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences

Yield stability in winter wheat

Wheat field
Photo:Tsu-Wei Chen

Yield stability is an extremely important characteristic for farmers' choice of variety. The yield stability of a variety can be defined as the ability of that variety to perform consistently well under different environmental conditions. Our knowledge of the genetic control and ecophysiological mechanisms leading to yield stability is still very limited. Recent studies suggest that plant development during the vegetative phase of winter wheat is crucial for yield stability. In this project, we are interested in the effects of carbon and nitrogen storage during the vegetative phase on yield stability.