International Max Planck Research School 'Primary Metabolism and Plant Growth'
The IMPRS 'Primary Metabolism and Plant Growth' (IMPRS-PMPG) is a joint initiative of the University of Potsdam and the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology. The IMPRS-PMPG programme has been running since 2007. We are accepting talented graduate students into the programme at regular intervals. For more information, read on and explore the links on the left hand side.
Plant growth, seen from a physiological point of view as resource (carbon, nutrients) acquisition and its conversion into plant biomass, is the main focus of the IMPRS-PMPG. The research projects of our doctoral students aim to elucidate plant growth and biomass acquisition from this physiological point of view with primary metabolism as a starting point.
Multicellular organisms adjust their growth and development in response to a multitude of endogenous and exogenous cues including nutrient and water availability, activities of bioenergetics pathways, light and temperature. In order to thrive, they must optimize the use of available resources, balancing their needs for energy, biosynthetic building blocks, and reserves. Whereas animals satisfy their demand of organic nutrients by feeding on plants or other animals, green plants produce all of their own organic compounds. A plant's ability to grow thus depends entirely on its own photosynthetic and metabolic capacity.
The rate of growth and development has to be adjusted to the metabolic status of a plant. To achieve this, the metabolic status needs to be translated into an appropriate response. Thus, growth and primary metabolism are highly interconnected via multiple cross-acting regulatory mechanisms and controls.
To study the relationship between primary metabolism and growth, we are following a systems-oriented approach, using Arabidopsis thaliana and other model plants. Our research combines cutting-edge analytical techniques, molecular phenotyping (-omics) technologies and physiology with bioinformatics and modelling approaches.
Research is at the core of the doctoral programme. IMPRS-PMPG students conduct their research projects under the supervision of our faculty members, within their groups and departments. You can find more information about the faculty of the IMPRS-PMPG, their research interests and links to their websites on the IMPRS Faculty page.
How to Join the IMPRS-PMPG
The IMPRS-PMPG programme has been running since 2007. We are accepting talented graduate students into the programme at regular intervals. Our application procedure is explained on the IMPRS Application page. It is worthwhile informing yourself about this procedure well before an application call opens.
Our calls for application are usually in December and January, for doctoral fellowships to start between early summer and autumn. You need to apply via an online application portal. We announce here when the application portal is open - have a look at the right hand column!
The IMPRS 'Primary Metabolism and Plant Growth' is a joint initiative of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology and the University of Potsdam. Candidates who are accepted into the programme will be registered as doctoral students at the University of Potsdam and receive a doctoral degree from the University's Faculty of Sciences.
About the IMPRS Initiative
The International Max Planck Research Schools (IMPRS) aim to support and promote junior scientists in the doctoral phase. The IMPRS initiative was launched by the Max Planck Society together with the German Rectors' Conference (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz) in 1999. The IMPRS offer structured PhD programmes in English that provide the doctoral candidates with excellent research and educational possibilities. All IMPRS are a cooperation between Max Planck Institutes and Universities. To learn more about the IMPRS initiative and all IMPRS programmes, explore the link 'Information about all IMPRS' in the right hand column.