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ADAPTAWHEAT : Genetics and physiology of wheat development to flowering: Tools to breed for improved adaptation and yield potential


The objective of the ADAPTAWHEAT project is the delivery of knowledge, variation and tools to breeding programmes for developmental attributes of wheat that will improve adaptation and yield in the light of predicted climate change. This addresses short-term global and European food security issues and establishes a platform for long-term genetic gain and maintenance breeding. Controlled environment experiments investigate specific environmental interactions including day length, ambient temperature, and heat stress. Data analysis will aid the construction of new wheat flowering models that can be used to refine existing hypotheses related to adaptation and crop performances. The project aims to assemble a varied range of the genetic materials necessary to test and extend these hypotheses in the form of predictive models.

Project information

John Innes Centre, JIC, United Kingdom
  • Universidad de Lleida, UdL, Spain
  • Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, INRA, France
  • Leibniz-Institut fuer Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung, IPK, Germany
  • Agricultural Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, ARI HAS, Hungary
  • Københavns Universitet, UCPH, Denmark
  • Vyzkumny Ustav Rostlinne Vyroby, CRI, Czech Republic
  • Ministry of Education and Science, IPBB, Kazakhstan
  • Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas, CONICET, Argentina
  • Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maiz y Trigo Int, CIMMYT INT, Mexico
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, CSIRO, Australia
  • Societe RAGT 2N SAS, RAGT 2N, France
  • Semillas Batlle SA, SB, Spain
  • Institut za Ratarstvo i Povrtarstvo, IFVCNS, Serbia
  • Traitgenetics GmbH, TGEN, Germany
  • KWS Lochow GmbH, KWS-L, Germany
  • Limagrain UK Limited, LVH UK, United Kingdom
  • Arvalis Institut du Vegetal, ARVALIS, France
  • Selgen AS, SELGEN, Czech Republic
  • Rothamsted Research Limited, RRes, United Kingdom
Source of funding
This project is supported by the European Commission under the Environment (including climate change) Theme of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. Total cost: EUR 4.894.960,29 EU contribution: EUR 3.000.000

Reference information



Wheat, adaptation, breeders, crop productivity, genetic markers



Climate impacts

Droughts, Extreme Temperatures, Water Scarcity


Adaptation Measures and Actions



Geographic characterization


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