Press Releases

Switching leaf shapes

Switching leaf shapes

June 24, 2024
Researchers discover a genetic switch in plants that can turn simple spoon-shaped leaves into complex leaves with leaflets
Finding the balance in the plant immune response
Publication in Nature describes novel regulatory mechanism that keeps plant immune responses in check.
Salty soil sensitizes plants to an unconventional mode of bacterial toxicity
A collaborative study between researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research and the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology has shown how a single metabolite can render bacteria toxic to plants under high salt conditions. Their findings may have important implications for agriculture and plant health in changing climates.


Press releases

Researchers breed tomato plants that contain the complete genetic material of both parent plants
A research team led by Raphaël Mercier and Korbinian Schneeberger from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne investigated the great genome diversity of the most popular research model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. A valuable toolbox to empower future genetic research. The study is now published in Nature Genetics.
A new study published in the journal Nature shows that the same phenomenon that occurs when we try to mix oil and water – phase separation – plays an important role in the immune system of plants.


From May 22nd to 24th, a delegation of 15 doctoral researchers from the Potsdam-Golm Max Planck
Huge honor comes as recognition for his seminal work in the fields of plant immunity and the plant…

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Jul 10, 2024 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany) - Aug 21, 2024 12:30 PM

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Aug 22, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)

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Aug 28, 2024 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
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3rd Biannual Early Career Researchers’ Conference to be hosted by MPIPZ
From September 18th to 20th, 2024 the third „Early Career Researchers’ Conference“ will be held in Germany, at Kloster Steinfeld and at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding in Cologne.
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