Scientific Profile

As a discipline, molecular biology is undergoing a change in paradigm from vertical analysis of single genes to horizontal, simultaneous analysis of many or even all of the genes (and gene products) of an organism. Our mission is to study the dynamics of plant metabolism in the context of the plant system as a whole.

Since this system is more than a collection of genes and gene products, we focus our efforts on understanding how the individual components dynamically interact over time and under different conditions. By combining traditional biological approaches with techniques relevant to functional genomics, we are forming a holistic view of the structure, function, dynamics, and regulation of entire plant genomes, proteomes, and metabolomes.

The research within Prof. Lothar Willmitzer's department is focused on metabolism in its broadest sense, primarily using reverse genetics to alter plants and functional genomic approaches to analyse the pleiotropic effects of these alterations. [more]
The department of Prof. Claudia Köhler 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. [more]
Prof. Ralph Bock and his department focus on plant cell organelles (plastids and mitochondria), their physiology and gene expression as well as their metabolic and genetic interactions with the nucleo-cytosolic compartment. [more]
These groups have been a key part of support of junior scientists for over 50 years at the MPG. The appointment of Group Leader positions is subject to a rigorous, centrally managed selection procedure. [more]
The group leaders of these groups provide support within their areas of expertise for other institute scientists while most of them simultaneously run their own research programmes. [more]
To tighten our links with German universities, we maintain joint projects with university research groups. Such cooperation allows an intense exchange of scientific information and expertise. [more]
Emeriti of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology [more]
Excellent young researchers are given the opportunity to establish a partner group in their country of origin. Currently, there are six partner groups at the MPI-MP. [more]
The websites of former research group leader are transfered to this site. The group leaders have moved on to jobs in industry or to universities in Germany and abroad. [more]
Here you can find the complete overview of all scientific publications sorted by working group or year of publication. [more]
The MPI of Molecular Plant Physiology hosts weekly seminars with outstanding researchers from all over the world, thus promoting exchange among scientists.
An overview of upcoming events can be found here. [more]
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