Abiotic Stress Tolerance in Sugar Beet during Germination and Early Seedling Development with a focus on Chilling Tolerance

Project: Research

Project Details


Abiotic stress is a term to describe a complex syndrome of effects of various environmental stress factors (e.g. temperature, water availability, salt, heavy metals, pesticides, UV) if they severely deviate from a ‘normal’ or 'optimal' (non-stress) situation. The overall aim of the project is to generate knowledge and establish tools required to make the most vulnerable stages of the sugar beet life cycle, namely germination and emerged seedlings, more resilient towards abiotic stresses. Due to erratic weather and climate change in temperate growing regions an increase the abiotic stress tolerance during early season stages requires a strategic focus on germination and seedling responses to improve seed quality.
Effective start/end date1/08/1531/07/19


  • KWS SAAT SE: £120,217.00
  • KWS SAAT SE: £108,725.00
  • KWS SAAT SE: £257,603.00

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action