Andreas Hund

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The improvement of early vigour is crucial for the adaptation of maize (Zea mays L.) to the climatic conditions of central Europe and the northern Mediterranean, where early sowing is an important strategy for avoiding the effect of summer drought. The objectives of this study were to identify quantitative trait loci (QTL) controlling cold-related traits(More)
Traits related to the root length of maize (Zea mays L.), reported by 15 QTL studies of nine mapping populations, were subjected to a QTL meta-analysis. Traits were grouped according to ontology, and we propose a system of abbreviations to unambiguously identify the different root types and branching orders. The nine maps were merged into a consensus map,(More)
Changes in root architecture and the maintenance of root growth in drying soil are key traits for the adaptation of maize (Zea mays L.) to drought environments. The goal of this study was to map quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for root growth and its response to dehydration in a population of 208 recombinant inbred lines from the International Maize and(More)
The objective of this study was to develop a phenotyping platform for the non-destructive, digital measurement of early root growth of axile and lateral roots and to evaluate its suitability for identifying maize (Zea mays L.) genotypes with contrasting root development. The system was designed to capture images of the root system within minutes and to(More)
Deep rooting has been identified as strategy for desiccation avoidance in natural vegetation as well as in crops like rice and sorghum. The objectives of this study were to determine root morphology and water uptake of four inbred lines of tropical maize (Zea mays L.) differing in their adaptation to drought. The specific questions were i) if drought(More)
About 65 years ago, more than 150 Swiss maize landraces (Zea mays L. ssp. mays) of the flint type were collected and conserved ex situ. Due to the climatically and culturally diverse environment of the Alps, a considerable genetic diversity of this material was assumed. To prove this, an efficient method was required to carry out genetic profiling of all(More)
Field-based high throughput phenotyping is a bottleneck for crop breeding research. We present a novel method for repeated remote phenotyping of maize genotypes using the Zeppelin NT aircraft as an experimental sensor platform. The system has the advantage of a low altitude and cruising speed compared to many drones or airplanes, thus enhancing image(More)
Plant phenotyping refers to a quantitative description of the plant’s anatomical, ontogenetical, physiological and biochemical properties. Today, rapid developments are taking place in the field of non-destructive, image-analysis -based phenotyping that allow for a characterization of plant traits in high-throughput. During the last decade, ‘the field of(More)
The objective of this study was to elucidate the genetic relationship between the specific leaf area (SLA) and the photosynthetic performance of maize (Zea mays L.) as dependent on growth temperature. Three sets of genotypes: (i) 19 S5 inbred lines, divergently selected for high or low operating efficiency of photosystem II (ΦPSII) at low temperature, (ii)(More)
Maize genotypes may adapt to dry environments by avoiding desiccation by means of a deeper root system or by maintaining growth and water extraction at low water potentials. The aim of this study was to determine the quantitative genetic control of root growth and root morphology in a population of 236 recombinant inbred lines (RILs) from the cross between(More)