Priority Programme 1529 “Evolutionary Plant Solutions to Ecological Challenges: Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Adaptive Traits in the Brassicaceae s.l. (Adaptomics)”

Programme description: 
Natural diversity enables plants to thrive in a multitude of habitats and manifests itself in a plethora of plant forms and responses to the environment. Research in this Priority Programme will dissect the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying traits in the Brassicaceae and its sister family Cleomaceae, examine the relevance of specific sequence variation for plant performance in the natural environment, and infer its evolutionary role. Through its focus on relatives of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, the Priority Programme capitalizes on the uniquely well developed knowledge, tools and resources available for this species. “Adaptomics” furthermore takes advantage of the full scope of opportunities arising from the current revolution in sequencing technologies as a central enabling tool.
Research projects will investigate traits such as floral structure, breeding system, annual versus perennial life cycle, C4 versus C3 photosynthesis, tolerance to biotic and abiotic stresses and plant architecture. Each project will combine at least two of the following research activities: (1) assessment and analysis of phenotypic or genetic diversity within and between natural populations or species; (2) identification of genes and alleles governing trait variation, as well as the determination of physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying population- or species-specific traits; (3) determination of the selective, evolutionary and/or ecological relevance of variation in specific genetic sequence and causally linked traits; (4) and genome-wide analysis and enabling approaches for use in (2) and (3) and for tracing evolutionary genome dynamics. Projects providing methodological platforms and resources to accelerate comparative analyses, such as germplasm collections, sequence data, markers, and web-based comparative genomics, bioinformatics and software platforms and databases are also encouraged. Proposals for these latter projects should be drafted in close consultation with the steering committee in order to meet the requirement of a particularly good integration with the research programme of the SPP.
The focus of this programme is on questions that complement work in Arabidopsis thaliana, using alternative model species which fulfil the following criteria (in the order of priorities): accessible natural populations, a well-developed international research community, a genetic map, established techniques for stable genetic transformation, availability of DNA libraries, a genome sequence, accessibility for genetic approaches. Projects that merely examine whether findings from Arabidopsis thaliana also extend to other species will not be considered.
Programme owner: 
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft/German Research Foundation
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Programme duration: 
2011 to 2017
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International partner funding: 
Euro (EUR)
Funding data
Year Annual funding Plant science share Number of funded projects* Average grant size* Avarage duration (months)*
* Plant science projects
20111 750 000100%15350 00036
20121 750 000100%1500
20131 750 000100%1500
20141 700 000100%15036
20151 800 000100%000
20161 800 000100%000

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