Scientific Departments

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.

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.

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.

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

Changes in the position and number of MADS box genes delay flower development in annual and perennial plants

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

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.

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.


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Events & Seminars

Stefan Rensing: The early evolution of land plants

Nov 30, 2021 11:30 - 12:30
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall

Jochen Rink: Regeneration and size regulation in planarian flatworms- almost like plants

Dec 8, 2021 11:30 - 12:30
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall

Thoma Lahaye

postponed to March 2022
Mar 2, 2022 11:30 - 12:30
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall


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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.

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

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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