Prof. Dr. Maria von Korff

Research focus

Most temperate crops including wheat and barley are annual plants, however, most perennial plant communities including the wild relatives of cereal crops have greater biomass capacity and maintain better soil and water quality. We will exploit existing genetic resources in barley including wild barley relatives to dissect the genetic control of primary and axillary meristem development. Variation in the timing of development and tiller formation will be correlated with agronomic performance in the field. Understanding the genetic basis of annual versus perennial growth will allow a targeted transfer of genes conferring perennial growth characteristics to crops with good agronomic performance.

The ten most important publications

  1. Ejaz M and von Korff M (2016) Genetic control of reproductive development under high ambient temperature. Plant Physiology, doi: 10.1104/pp.16.01275.
  2. Digel B, Tavakol E, Verderio G, Tondelli A, Xu X, Cattivelli L, Rossini L, von Korff M (2016) Photoperiod-H1 (Ppd-H1) controls leaf size. Plant Physiology doi:10.1104/pp.16.00977
  3. Mulki M.A. and M von Korff (2015) CONSTANS controls floral repression by upregulating VERNALIZATION 2 (Vrn-H2) in barley. Plant Physiology. doi: 10.1104/pp.15.01350.
  4. Liller CB, Walla A,  Boer MP, Hedley P, Macaulay M, Effgen S, von Korff M, van Esse GW, Koornneef M (2016) Fine mapping of a major QTL for awn length in barley using a multiparent mapping population. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, doi: 10.1007/s00122-016-2807-y.
  5. Digel B, Pankin A, von Korff M (2015) Global Transcriptome Profiling of Developing Leaf and Shoot Apices Reveals Distinct Genetic and Environmental Control of Floral Transition and Inflorescence Development in Barley. Plant Cell DOI:
  6. Liller CB, Neuhaus R, von Korff M, Koornneef M, van Esse W (2015) Mutations in Barley Row Type Genes Have Pleiotropic Effects on Shoot Branching. PLoS ONE 10(10): e0140246. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0140246
  7. Pankin A, Campoli C, Dong X, Kilian B,  Sharma R, Himmelbach A, Saini R,  Davis SJ, Stein N, Schneeberger K and M von Korff (2014) Mapping-by-sequencing identifies HvPHYTOCHROME C as a candidate gene for the earlymaturity 5 locus modulating the circadian clock and photoperiodic flowering in barley. Genetics doi 10.1534
  8. Campoli C, Pankin A, Casao CM, Davis SJ, von Korff M (2013) HvLUX1 is a candidate gene underlying the early maturity 10 locus in barley: phylogeny, diversity, and interactions with the circadian clock and photoperiodic pathways. New Phytologist 199(4):1045-59 doi: 10.1111/nph.12346.
  9. Rollins JA, Habte E, Templer SE, Colby T, Schmidt J, von Korff M (2013) Leaf proteome alterations in the context of physiological and morphological responses to drought and heat stress in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.). Journal of Experimental Botany 64(11):3201-12 doi: 10.1093/jxb/ert158.
  10. Faure S, Turner AS, Gruszka D, Christodoulou V, Davis SJ, von Korff M*, and Laurie DA (2012) Mutation at the Circadian Clock Gene EARLY MATURITY 8 Adapts Domesticated Barley (Hordeum vulgare) to Short Growing Seasons. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109 (21), 8328-8333, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1120496109. * co-corresponding author
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Institute for Plant Genetics
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

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Heinrich Heine University
University of Cologne
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
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