Press Releases

How a common weed builds up explosive force 
Hairy bittercress has explosive fruit that fire seeds in all directions. MPI researchers discover how these seed pods power their own explosion.
New insights in the regulation of genetic information exchange
A study, led by André Marques, identified chromosome pairing as key in the control for the distribution of genetic material. The findings will provide further insights towards new approaches in plant breeding.
Timing leaf growth 

Timing leaf growth

February 07, 2024
Leaf heteroblasty is the fascinating natural phenomenon by which plants produce different leaves as they grow and mature. This requires a complex interplay between cellular growth and time, and allows a single plant to manifest a diverse range of leaf shapes and sizes over its lifespan. In a recent paper in the journal Current Biology, scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne have now shed light on how this intricate process occurs during leaf development of the small mustard plant Arabidopsis thaliana.


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Events & Seminars

Yasin Dagdas: Why, How, and What to Eat for Staying Fit

Mar 6, 2024 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall

Sabrina Sabatini

Mar 13, 2024 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall

Sanwen Huang: Genome design of hybird potatos

Apr 8, 2024 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPIPZ, Room: Lecture hall


Lise Meitner Excellence Program
The Max Planck Society invites outstanding female scientists to apply to the Lise Meitner Excellence Programme, which supports tenure-track group leader positions at thematically relevant MP Institutes. The deadline for applications is April 10th, 2024
Group Photo PhD Retreat 2023
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.
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