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

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

Golm plant scientist receives Jeff Schell Prize 

Golm plant scientist receives Jeff Schell Prize

June 29, 2022
Dr. Joachim Forner receives award for his pioneering research on mitochondria
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"
All roads lead to Rome

All roads lead to Rome

April 07, 2022
Possibility of de novo domestication of wild plants by cultivated plants

Recent Research Highlights

Journal Article (47)

Tiozon, R. J. N., Sartagoda, K. J. D., Serrano, L. M. N., Fernie, A. R. & Sreenivasulu, N. Metabolomics based inferences to unravel phenolic compound diversity in cereals and its implications for human gut health. Trends in Food Science & Technology 127, 14–25 (2022).
Tan, J., Forner, J., Karcher, D. & Bock, R. DNA base editing in nuclear and organellar genomes. Trends in Genetics (2022). doi:10.1016/j.tig.2022.06.015
Sandoval-Ibanez, O., Rolo, D., Ghandour, R., Hertle, A. P., Armarego-Marriott, T., Sampathkumar, A., Zoschke, R. & Bock, R. De-etiolation-induced protein 1 (DEIP1) mediates assembly of the cytochrome b6f complex in Arabidopsis. Nature Communications 13, (2022).
Zhang, Y. J. & Fernie, A. R. Dynamically regulating metabolic fluxes with synthetic metabolons. Trends in Biotechnology (2022). doi:10.1016/j.tibtech.2022.06.005
Tabatabaei, I., Alseekh, S., Shahid, M., Leniak, E., Wagner, M., Mahmoudi, H., Thushar, S., Fernie, A. R., Murphy, K. M., Schmöckel, S. M., Tester, M., Mueller-Roeber, B., Skirycz, A. & Balazadeh, S. The diversity of quinoa morphological traits and seed metabolic composition. Scientific Data 9, (2022).


Tag der offenen Türen 2022, 11:00 bis 17:00 Uhr

Sep 3, 2022
Potsdam Science Park


Exploring the cellular basis of organ curvature using 3D digital ovules

Aug 23, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Central Building, Room: Seminar Room

The journey of two Agronautes along the plant germline

Aug 24, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Central Building, Room: Lecture Hall

The Hypocotyl Endodermis: a model tissue for seedling plasticity

Aug 25, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Central Building, Room: Lecture Hall

How to join MPI-MP

IMPRS and PhD programme
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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