Contact

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Mark Stitt
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Mark Stitt
Phone:+49 331 567-8102
Galina Fretter
Assistant to Prof. Mark Stitt
Phone:+49 331 567-8100

Research

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Metabolic Networks

The department of Prof. Mark Stitt studies a wide set of physiological processes involved in orchestrating photosynthetic carbon metabolism, nitrogen and phosphate utilisation, growth, and storage. Systems biology will be emphasised and forward and reverse genetic tools will often be used.

System Regulation

The group of Prof. Dr. Mark Stitt uses a systems-oriented approach to look at how biochemical pathways involved in primary carbon and nitrogen metabolism are integrated and regulated, and how they affect plant growth and development. We are developing user-friendly data visualization tools, sensitive high-throughput assays for enzymes and metabolites, and a suite of growth conditions to reveal the impact of changes in the carbon and nutrient status on metabolism, growth and development. Arabidopsis thaliana, tomato and maize are the main plants used in these investigations.

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The main focus of <strong>Dr. Fritz Kragler's</strong> group is the characterization of the transport mechanism and function of proteins and RNA molecules moving between cells and via the phloem vasculature to distant plant parts. We are especially interested in the cellular factors facilitating selective intercellular RNA/protein transport and their regulatory function as morphogenic and metabolic signals in distant cells.

Intercellular Macromolecular Transport

The main focus of Dr. Fritz Kragler's group is the characterization of the transport mechanism and function of proteins and RNA molecules moving between cells and via the phloem vasculature to distant plant parts. We are especially interested in the cellular factors facilitating selective intercellular RNA/protein transport and their regulatory function as morphogenic and metabolic signals in distant cells. [more]
<span><strong>Dr. Vanessa Wahl’s</strong> group focuses on how metabolic and nutritional status affects developmental transitions in plants. In particular, we are interested in processes at the shoot apical meristem (SAM) that regulate meristem size and the timing of the floral transition. We use </span><em>Arabidopsis thaliana</em><span> as a model system in order to understand basic mechanisms. We are also applying this research to study the regulation of developmental transitions in the perennial Arabidopsis relative </span><em>Arabis alpina</em><span> and crop species </span><em>Solanum tuberosum</em><span> (potato).</span>

Metabolism and Development

Dr. Vanessa Wahl’s group focuses on how metabolic and nutritional status affects developmental transitions in plants. In particular, we are interested in processes at the shoot apical meristem (SAM) that regulate meristem size and the timing of the floral transition. We use Arabidopsis thaliana as a model system in order to understand basic mechanisms. We are also applying this research to study the regulation of developmental transitions in the perennial Arabidopsis relative Arabis alpina and crop species Solanum tuberosum (potato). [more]
 
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