This research project aims to develop wheat plants with improved, multiple and durable fungal tolerance through new breeding methods. This is reflected in the project name: Fungal tolerance of wheat by new breeding methods (“Pilztoleranz von Weizen mittels neuer Züchtungsmethoden” = PILTON).
New breeding methods are said to have great potential to shorten the development of plant varieties with improved characteristics for resource-efficient and productive agriculture. The project will investigate how fungus-tolerant wheat can significantly reduce the use of plant protection products. In addition, the project will also address the question of how currently available genome editing technologies, such as CRISPR/Cas, can be used by small and medium-sized plant breeding companies in particular in view of existing property rights.