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

A two-step adaptive walk in the wild 
New research in plants that colonized the base of an active stratovolcano reveals that two simple molecular steps rewired nutrient transport, enabling adaptation.

Roots stiffen up to stop growth
The plant hormone cytokinin inhibits root cell growth

barley floret
The study, published in Current Biology, shows a direct link of auxin to pollen fertility.


Events & Seminars

Miguel A. Blazquez: Evolution of DELLA proteins as signaling hubs

May 25, 2022 11:30 - 12:30
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall

Kim Boutilier

Jun 1, 2022 11:30 - 12:30
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall

Alison Smith: Algal-bacterial interactions: how do mutualisms arise?

Jun 8, 2022 11:30 - 12:30
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall

CEPLAS has issued a new call for post-doctoral applications
Some of these positions are located at the MPIPZ, more details can be found here.


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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