Scientific Departments

Plant Developmental Biology

George Coupland

The primary scientific goal of the Department of Plant Developmental Biology is to study molecular mechanisms that regulate the responsiveness of plant development to environmental cues.

Chromosome Biology

Raphael Mercier

The department of Chromosome Biology at MPIPZ uses cutting-edge technologies in microscopy, genetics and genomics to explore the mechanisms and consequences of meiosis from multiple perspectives.

Plant-Microbe Interactions

Paul Schulze-Lefert

Research in the Department of Plant Microbe Interactions engages in fundamental molecular processes underlying interactions between plants and pathogenic or beneficial microorganisms.

Comparative Development and Genetics

Miltos Tsiantis

The department Comparative Development and Genetics seeks to address two fundamental questions in biology: how do biological forms develop and what is the basis for their diversity?

Press Releases

Flowering of annual and perennial plants is delayed by changes in the position and number of MADS-box genes

September 22, 2021
Scientists at the Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne hybridized closely-related annual and perennial species of the Arabis genus and identified a gene encoding a MADS-box transcription factor that delays flowering.

An Arabidopsis regulatory module controlling pathogen resistance triggered by cell-surface and intracellular receptors

September 08, 2021
Collaborative research led by the group of Thorsten Nürnberger (University Tübingen) and Jane Parker (MPIPZ Cologne) with colleagues at ZMBP and MPIPZ has identified a convergence point for defence signalling

Accurate method for determining active genes

August 12, 2021
A consortium of German and U.S. researchers involving the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne (MPIPZ) and the Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) developed a method in order to determine all regions of the active genome in a single analysis.

Of oil, wine and friends, the oldest is the best: root-associated bacteria preferentially colonize their native host-plant roots

July 26, 2021
An international team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research and the University of Åarhus in Denmark have discovered that bacteria from the plant microbiota are adapted to their host species.


Events & Seminars

Branch out! Alumni career series for (plant) scientists

Aug 27, 2021 14:00 - Sep 27, 2021 17:00

Vanessa Wahl

Sep 29, 2021 11:30 - 12:30
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall

Maustag 2021

Oct 3, 2021 14:00 - 18:00
MPIPZ, Room: WissenschaftsScheune

MPIPZ/ LUMS-Pakistan Plant Science Symposium, part I

Oct 6, 2021 09:00 - 12:30



Together with our University partners in Cologne and Düsseldorf we train about 90 mostly international doctoral students and are inviting talented young researchers to apply for individual open positions and to our structured IMPRS programme.

Postdoc Program

Since 2019, all MPIPZ postdocs take part of a Career Development Program. This program aims to support them success in their careers.

Diversity & equal opportunities at the MPIPZ

All measures to promote equal opportunities at our Institute focus on the reconciliation of work and family, on career development of young researchers and on preventing gender-related discrimination.

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