BayKlimaFit - strategies for adapting crops to climate change

Background and Goals

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges for humanity – a global problem with regional implications. Recent years have shown that crops are sometimes exposed to and must withstand extreme stress in highly changing environments.
In order to face the challenges of the future, the Bavarian State Ministry for the Environment and Consumer Protection funds the project association "BayKlimaFit – Strategies for adapting crops to climate change". The project network will find answers to the mechanisms that allow adaptation of plants to climate change and the resulting new environmental conditions.
The project network comprises ten subprojects focusing on waterlogging and cold, climate-related heat events and drought, as well as symbionts and pathogens.

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Research area/region

  • Germany
Region of implementation (all German federal states)
  • Bavaria

Steps in the process of adaptation to climate change

Step 3: Develop and compare measures

Measures and/or strategies 

The project network is intended to provide important insights for the adaptation of crops to climate change and thus contribute to Bavaria's climate adaptation strategy. If it is possible to understand the molecular mechanisms that plants use to protect themselves against abiotic stress such as waterlogging, cold, drought or heat, efficient strategies to strengthen their resilience can be developed.
The resulting measures are in direct harmony with the measures proposed under the Bavarian Climate Adaptation Strategy (BayKLAS). The results of the research should help to make important domestic crops more robust against extreme weather events. In this way, they can help to ensure sustainable and environmentally friendly production.


Funding / Financing 

Bavarian Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection

Project management 

Technical University of Munich: Chair of Plant Breeding


University of Bayreuth: Professor of Plant Genetics
University of Regensburg: Department of Cell Biology and Plant Biochemistry
Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg: Chair of Biochemistry
Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture: Institute for Plant Production and Plant Breeding
University of Würzburg: Julius von Sachs Institute of Biosciences
Helmholtz Center Munich: Working Group Plant Genomes and Systems Biology
Ackermann Saatzucht
Saatzucht Bauer GmbH & Co. KG
Saatzucht Josef Breun GmbH & Co. KG
Saatzucht Streng-Engelen

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