Climate change is one of the biggest challenges for mankind. It is a global phenomenon with regional implications, also for Bavaria. To minimize the consequences, strategies for mitigation and adaptation are required and applied research is needed to provide efficient solutions. The Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection is funding the project network “BayKlimaFit – Strategies for the adaptation of crop plants to climate change”.
Consequences of climate change have become omnipresent in Bavaria. The past years have shown that crop plants are exposed to extreme stress caused by changing environmental conditions. The goal of the project network BayKlimaFit is to gain insights into the adaptation of crop plants to climate change and to make a contribution to the Bavarian climate adaptation strategy.
Relevance and timeliness of this topic as well as the outstanding expertise of Bavarian research in the field of plant sciences is visible through participation of experts from all over Bavaria. The project network will investigate which mechanisms enable the adaptation of crop plants to climate change and the resulting environmental conditions.
Once we understand the molecular mechanisms which plants are using to adapt to abiotic stress such as flooding, cold, drought or heat, efficient strategies can be developed to improve their capacity for resistance or tolerance. Expected results of the project network will make regional crop plants more robust to extreme weather events and will ensure a sustainable and environmentally friendly plant production.