Finlands Akademi  
Sökande / Kontakt person Hytönen, Timo
Organisation Helsingfors universitet
Projektets titel Temperature as a driver of climate adaptation
Beslutnr 317306
Beslutsdatum 29.05.2018
Finansierings period 01.09.2018 - 31.07.2023
Finansiering 521 330
Beskrivning av projektet
Which genes are driving the adaptation of plants to local climates on the warming globe is an urgent question from ecological, agricultural, forestry and molecular perspective. In perennial plants, which live for many years and pass all four seasons as adult plants, correct timing of development determines their ability to cope with climate. We will explore temperature regulation of floral development in perennial plants using woodland strawberry as a model system. We have gathered a large collection of woodland strawberry clones covering majority of its geographic distribution and sequenced their genomes. Using these data we will search for genes that are involved in floral development and have contributed to climate adaptation in local natural habitats. Finally, the roles of these genes in floral development and climate adaptation will be tested using transgenic plants. These knowledge will speed up breeding programs to secure the production of perennial crops in future.