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Obituary for Dirk Hincha

August 18, 2020

With great sadness we have to announce the sudden death of Dirk Hincha, group leader of the central infrastructure group ‘Genomics and Transcript Profiling’. Dirk passed away last week unexpectedly at the age of 62. more

How research on specialists can help our crops more

Analysis of more than 200 different tea varieties provides the basis for breeding healthy teas more

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The adaptability to drought and high solar radiation enabled ornamental algae to colonize the land around 600 million years ago. more

Scientists of the Institute are researching a small molecule that, like insulin in humans and animals, regulates sugar metabolism and transport and the synthesis of storage reserves in plants. more

Images of Science

April 16, 2020

Invitation to an online exhibition with piano music. Due to the corona pandemic, public events in cultural and scientific fields have been canceled. The exhibition wants to offer a crossover between culture and science. more

A team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam-Golm, led by Dr. Arren Bar-Even, has succeeded in reprogramming the diet of the bacterium E. coli in such a way that it can use formic acid or methanol as its sole source of nutrition. These simple organic compounds can be produced efficiently from carbon dioxide (CO2) by chemical processes, so that this greenhouse gas could be used sensibly in the future and its contribution to climate change could be reduced. more

Rice to feed the world

December 19, 2019

Researchers from the Potsdam Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, as part of the international C4 Rice Project, have just been re-funded by a grant to the University of Oxford from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation worth $15 million. more

Science academies and the DFG have offered recommendations on how European genetic engineering legislation can be amended as a short-term solution and completely renewed in the long term more

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