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?



For plant and animal immune systems the similarities go beyond sensing

October 13, 2020

Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research (MPIPZ) and University of Cologne researcher Takaki ...

Hungry plants rely on their associated bacteria to mobilise unavailable iron

October 06, 2020

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research have found that, faced with ...

Unpacking the two layers of bacterial gene regulation during plant infection

June 15, 2020

By analysing the different layers of bacterial gene expression during pathogen infection of a plant ...

Upcoming Seminars

Frank Johannes

Oct 28, 2020 11:30 - 12:30
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall

Laura Ragni

online seminar
Nov 4, 2020 11:30 - 12:30
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall

Benjamin Wolfe

online seminar
Nov 11, 2020 11:30 - 12:30
MPIPZ, Room: online

Christine Faulkner: Cell-to-cell communication in plant immunity and infection

online seminar
Nov 25, 2020 11:30 - 12:30
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall

Corona pandemic

Due to the rapid spread of coronavirus infections in many countries, including Germany, the management of MPIPZ has decided to implement emergency operations to limit the probability of infection and to protect its employees. The research activities and services will be maintained for the time being.

We will keep you informed about further developments.



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.

Job offers

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