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.

Thank you for your understanding. We will keep you informed about further developments.

News

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 ...

Scientists call for modernization of EU gene-editing legislation

July 29, 2019

When using conventional methods, it usually takes relatively long to breed new plant varieties with favourable characteristics. On the other hand, precision breeding with genetic scissors such as CRISPR-Cas can significantly accelerate this process ...

Upcoming Seminars

Anne Lacey Samuels

cancelled
Apr 22, 2020 11:30 - 12:30
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall

Greg Copenhaver

postponed
Apr 29, 2020 11:30 - 12:30
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall

Bostjan Kobe

postponed
May 6, 2020 11:30 - 12:30
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall

Frank Johannes

postponed
May 20, 2020 11:30 - 12:30
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall

Dorothy Shippen

postponed
Jun 3, 2020 11:30 - 12:30
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall

Career


Graduates

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.

Go to Editor View