The International Graduate School “Determinants of Plant Performance (DPP)” is part of AGRIPOLY: International Graduate Schools in Agricultural and Polymer Sciences – a project of Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg financed by the European Social Fund (ESF). DPP supports PhD students and post-doctoral researchers in the fields of agricultural and biological sciences. Research in the scope of DPP integrates basic and applied approaches to identify and exploit molecular factors which influence the yield of major crop species under changing environmental conditions. DPP extends and broadens major lines of research initiated by the Interdisciplinary Center for Crop Plant Research (IZN) (2010-2015).