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Improved Plant Systems

Plants frequently encounter adverse growth conditions. Drought, extreme temperatures, high salt concentrations, heavy metal contamination of soils, and pathogen pressure are examples of environmental constraints that can adversely affect agronomic traits, grain yield and/or grain quality.


Our research focuses on how signal transduction regulates the coordinated response of metabolism and chromatin function (gene expression), which ultimately determines whether a plant is able to acclimate to fluctuating and/or adverse conditions. We apply a combination of genetic, biochemical and physiological approaches to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying stress tolerance, and explore the potential of such approaches for innovative crop improvement strategies.



  • Assessment of plant vigor under various environmental conditions
  • Mode of action analyses
  • Cellular redox status analyses
  • Evaluation of metabolic enzyme activities


  • High throughput DNA extraction using liquid handling systems (ISO 9001:2008)
  • Development and application of tailor-made DNA extraction protocols for diverse tissues and organisms
  • Centralized facility (DNA bank) for long-term storage and management of biological material
  • Profound expertise in laboratory information management systems (MAPSTM) and database integration

// Genotyping-Dienstleistungen

  • Development of genetic marker systems by using state-of-the-art molecular technologies for individual research questions in the fields of genomics and  transcriptomics
  • Marker applications for various genotyping purposes and DNA fragment analysis based on several technologies::// KASP ™ // qPCR // Genotypisierung durch Sequenzierung (z. B. RADseq) // Mikrosatelliten (STRs / SSRs)
  • Bioinformatics analysis and data interpretation (genetic diversity, genotype-phenotype-environment associations)