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?

News and Seminars

Corona pandemic: institute in reduced operation

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 institute will not be closed, but essential research activities and services will be maintained for the time being. In order to minimize social contacts, employees should work from home wherever possible. The total number of staff on campus will be kept to a minimum. Seminars scheduled for March and April have been cancelled and internal meetings are held online via video conferencing.


We are pleased to inform you that the contingency measures at MPIPZ will be terminated as of Monday, April 20, and that research work will be cautiously resumed to regular operation within the next two weeks


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 host, Kenichi Tsuda and colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany and Huazhong Agricultural University ...

Plants from diverse European habitats associate with the same small group of highly abundant microorganisms

December 23, 2019

A continental-scale census and analysis of root-inhabiting microorganisms reveals that plants across Europe consistently harbour a small group of unexpectedly abundant ‘core’ microorganisms, irrespective of soil conditions and climate. This contrasts ...

Self-restrained genes enable evolutionary novelty

November 21, 2019

Changes in the genes that control development can potentially make large contributions to evolution by generating new morphologies in plants and animals. However, because developmental genes frequently influence many different processes, changes to ...

Upcoming Seminars

Andreas Houben: Selfish B chromosomes - a matter of chromosome drive

Sep 30, 2020 11:30 - 12:30
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall

Benjamin Peret

cancelled due to corona virus threat
Oct 14, 2020 11:30 - 12:30
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall

Stefan Rensing: The early evolution of land plants

Oct 21, 2020 11:30 - 12:30
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall

Laura Ragni

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

Benjamin Wolfe

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



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

Here you can find our current open positions

Go to Editor View