Root Biology and Symbiosis
Prof. Dr. Caroline Gutjahr's department studies the symbiosis between soil fungi and plant roots. This symbiosis is called mycorrhiza and is of great importance for the growth and health of plants.

Research groups

Mycorrhiza and Root Biology (Prof. Dr. Caroline Gutjahr)
Amino Acid and Sulfur Metabolism (Dr. Rainer Hoefgen)
Central Metabolism
(Dr. Alisdair Fernie)

Metabolic regulation of Plant Growth
(Dr. Camila Caldana)

The Genetics of Crop Metabolism (Dr. Saleh Alseekh)

Plant Reproductive Biology and Epigenetics
The department of Prof. Dr. Claudia Köhler with three different research groups studies genetic and epigenetic processes regulating flowering plant reproduction and their impact on plant speciation. The main focus is to understand processes regulating seed formation, seed growth and the establishment of hybridization barriers.

Research groups

Epigenetic Mechanisms of Plant Reproduction (Prof. Dr. Claudia Köhler)
Seed Development and Apomixis (Dr. Duarte Figueiredo)
Intercellular Macromolecular Transport (Dr. Fritz Kragler)

Organelle Biology, Biotechnology and Molecular Ecophysiology
Research of four research groups in the Department of Professor Dr. Ralph Bock focuses on the biology of the two DNA-containing cell organelles in plants, plastids (chloroplasts) and mitochondria, and their integration with the nucleocytosolic compartment.

Research groups

Organelle Biology and Biotechnology (Prof. Dr. Ralph Bock)
Biophysics and Photosynthesis Research (Dr. Mark Aurel Schöttler)
Regulation of Photosynthesis (Dr. Ute Armbruster)
Translational Regulation in Plants (Dr. Reimo Zoschke)

Department-Independent Research Groups

Current News

Some of the world’s most influential plant science happens in Potsdam

Some of the world’s most influential plant science happens in Potsdam

November 23, 2022
Scientists at the Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology rank among the world’s most cited researchers in 2022
Plants between light and darkness

Plants between light and darkness

November 16, 2022
How plants optimize photosynthesis under changing light conditions
Prof. Dr. Caroline Gutjahr becomes director at the MPIMP

Prof. Dr. Caroline Gutjahr becomes director at the MPIMP

June 01, 2022
She heads the new department "Root Biology and Symbiosis"

Recent Research Highlights

Journal Article (56)

Kishor, P. B. K., Tiozon, R. J. N., Fernie, A. R. & Sreenivasulu, N. Abscisic acid and its role in the modulation of plant growth, development, and yield stability. Trends in Plant Science 27, 1283–1295 (2022).
Tan, J., Forner, J., Karcher, D. & Bock, R. DNA base editing in nuclear and organellar genomes. Trends in Genetics 38, 1147–1169 (2022).
von Bismarck, T., Korkmaz, K., Ruß, J., Skurk, K., Kaiser, E., Correa Galvis, V., Cruz, J. A., Strand, D., Koehl, K. I., Eirich, J., Finkemeier, I., Jahns, P., Kramer, D. M. & Armbruster, U. Light acclimation interacts with thylakoid ion transport to govern the dynamics of photosynthesis in Arabidopsis. New Phytologist (2022). doi:10.1111/nph.18534
Hölscher, M., Forner, J., Calderone, S., Krämer, C., Taylor, Z., Loiacono, F. V., Agrawal, S., Karcher, D., Moratti, F. G., Kroop, X. & Bock, R. Expression strategies for the efficient synthesis of antimicrobial peptides in plastids. Nature Communications 13, (2022).
de Souza, L. P., Naake, T. & Fernie, A. R. Computational approaches that aid annotation in metabolomics. Trends in Plant Science 27, 1077–1078 (2022).


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University graduates who are interested in modern plant research can work on their doctorate at our institute. Our doctoral programme is open to students from all countries. The doctoral research is done under the guidance of our directors, group leaders and senior scientists. We work closely with the Faculty of Science at the University of Potsdam where most of our doctoral researchers are registered and enrolled during their doctorate. The doctoral thesis is submitted and defended at the University, which also confers the doctoral degree.

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