Prof. Dr. Thomas Altmann
New position: Head of the Department of Molecular Genetics, IPK Gatersleben
The group focuses on producing and perfecting genomic resources for the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. These resources make it possible to look at biological processes in a new way and are used in the group to explore two developmentally important topics - stomatal pattern formation and brassinosteroid function. Investigations take advantage of mutants affected in stomatal distribution and density or in their ability to sense or to synthesise brassinosteroid phytohormones.