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

Structure of wheat immune protein resolved – important tool in the battle for food security
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research and the University of Cologne in Germany together with colleagues from China have unravelled how wheat protects itself from a deadly pathogen. Their findings, published in the journal Nature, could be harnessed to make important crop species more resistant to disease.

Resolving target-gene specificity via protein–protein interactions 
A collaboration between researchers in the groups of George Coupland and Jijie Chai at the Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne has elucidated an elegant mechanism for how a particular protein–protein interaction cooperatively targets genes in Arabidopsis by affecting DNA conformation.

Speeding up evolution at genome-level by alternative chromosome configuration 
A research team led by André Marques at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany, has uncovered the profound effects of an atypical mode of chromosome arrangement on genome organization and evolution. Their findings are published in the journal Cell.

Molecules boosting plant immunity identified 
Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany in collaboration with colleagues in China have discovered natural cellular molecules that drive critical plant immune responses.


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Events & Seminars

Thomas Dresselhaus: Love is a battlefield: signaling along the pollen tube journey

Oct 5, 2022 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Instititute for Plant Breeding Research, Room: Lecture hall

Jos Raaijmakers

Nov 2, 2022 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Max Planck Instititute for Plant Breeding Research, Room: Lecture hall

Sebastian Marquardt: Languages of the Non-coding Genome and their Implications for Plant Biolog

Nov 16, 2022 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall


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