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

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 (51)

de Souza, L. P., Naake, T. & Fernie, A. R. Computational approaches that aid annotation in metabolomics. Trends in Plant Science 27, 1077–1078 (2022).
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).
Yi, J., Kradolfer, D., Brownfield, L., Ma, Y., Piskorz, E., Köhler, C. & Jiang, H. Meiocyte size is a determining factor for unreduced gamete formation in Arabidopsis thaliana. New Phytologist (2022). doi:10.1111/nph.18473
Zhang, Y. J. & Fernie, A. R. Dynamically regulating metabolic fluxes with synthetic metabolons. Trends in Biotechnology 40, 1019–1020 (2022).
Zhu, F., Jadhav, S. S., Tohge, T., Salem, M. A., Li, J. M., Giovannoni, J. J., Cheng, Y., Alseekh, S. & Fernie, A. R. A comparative transcriptomics and eQTL approach identifies SlWD40 as a tomato fruit ripening regulator. Plant Physiology 190, 250–266 (2022).


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Epigenetic control of transposon activity and dosage in pollen and hybrid seeds

Sep 28, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Central Building, Room: Lecture Hall

Cell type-specific regulation of brassinosteroid signaling

Oct 5, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
MPI-MP, Room: U.019

Functional genetics of barley stamen maturation

Oct 13, 2022 02:00 PM - 03:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
Central Building, Room: Seminar Room

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.

Job Offers


August 24, 2022

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