Eliminating Hidden Hunger

Eliminating Hidden Hunger

January 05, 2024

How biofortification can improve nutrition more

Yew tree with fruits. Paclitaxel and its precursors are produced in the needles and bark of various trees in the genus Taxus.

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology unravel the biosynthetic pathway of paclitaxel in Yew plants, a most successfully used chemotherapeutic for cancer treatment. This discovery might facilitate the production of this very complex molecule which is currently produced with great efforts and high costs.

A root of the grass Brachypodium distachyon under the microscope. The fungal hyphae (colored blue) grow into the root cells and form branched structures, the arbuscules, which can almost completely fill the cells.

Top researcher from Potsdam receives €2 million for research into an underground relationship between plants and fungi. more

Cutting-edge research in plant sciences

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam Science Park are among the most cited scientists in the world!

mersitem with and without RDR1

Viruses are a threat to all organisms, including plants. A small group of plant stem cells, however, successfully defends itself from infection. Marco Incarbone, now at MPIMP Golm, Gabriele Bradamante and their co-authors at the Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology (GMI) uncovered that salicylic acid and RNA interference mediate this antiviral immunity of plant stem cells. The findings are published in PNAS on October 12.

Marion Clavel und Marco Incarbone

The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology welcomes two new independent research group leaders, Dr. Marion Clavel and Dr. Marco Incarbone!

Potsdam plant scientists receive Jeff Schell Award for outstanding research achievements

The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology honors excellent young scientists for their research on mobile CRISPR/Cas gene scissors and for revelations on the inheritance of plastids.

Leadership MPIMP

The Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology (MPI-MP) is pleased to announce that as of February 2023, the leadership team at MPI-MP is complete again. With the appointments of Prof. Dr. Claudia Köhler and Prof. Dr. Caroline Gutjahr, the institute has succeeded in hiring two outstanding scientists who will conduct excellent plant research together with Prof. Dr. Ralph Bock.

1 billion years of abstinence

Chloroplasts finally can hope for sex! more

Breakthrough in plant breeding

Grafting and mobile CRISPR for genome editing in plants more

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