Heinrich Bente

Department 2 (Prof. Köhler): Plant Reproductive Biology and Epigenetics
Epigenetic Mechanisms of Plant Reproduction

Main Focus

My research focuses the role of transcription factors in the establishment of endosperm-based hybridization barriers and their parent-dependent regulation.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Experience

2022-current: Postdoc, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Golm, Germany
2020-2022: Postdoc, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala ,Sweden


2020 Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology (GMI), Vienna, Austria
2016 Master of Science, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
2013 Bachelor of Science, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany


Bente, H., & Köhler, C. (2024). Molecular Basis and Evolutionary Drivers of Endosperm-based Hybridization Barriers. Plant Physiology, kiae050.

Xu, W., Sato, H., Bente, H., Santos-González, J., & Köhler, C. (2023). Endosperm cellularization failure induces a dehydration-stress response leading to embryo arrest. The Plant Cell35(2), 874-888.

Bradamante, G., Nguyen, V. H., Incarbone, M., Meir, Z., Bente, H., Donà, M., ... & Gutzat, R. (2023). Two ARGONAUTE proteins loaded with transposon-derived small RNAs are associated with the reproductive cell lineage in Arabidopsis. The Plant Cell, koad295

Hoffmann, G., Mahboubi, A., Bente, H., Garcia, D., Hanson, J., & Hafrén, A. (2022). Arabidopsis RNA processing body components LSM1 and DCP5 aid in the evasion of translational repression during Cauliflower mosaic virus infection. The Plant Cell.

Bradamante, G., Nguyen, V. H., Incarbone, M., Meir, Z., Bente, H., Donà, M., ... & Gutzat, R. (2022). Two AGO proteins with transposon-derived sRNA cargo mark the germline in Arabidopsis. bioRxiv.

Prochazkova, K., Finke, A., Tomaštíková, E. D., Filo, J., Bente, H., Dvořák, P., ... & Pecinka, A. (2022). Zebularine induces enzymatic DNA–protein crosslinks in 45S rDNA heterochromatin of Arabidopsis nuclei. Nucleic acids research, 50(1), 244-258.

Bente, H., Foerster, A. M., Lettner, N., & Mittelsten Scheid, O. (2021). Polyploidy-associated paramutation in Arabidopsis is determined by small RNAs, temperature, and allele structure. PLoS Genetics, 17(3), e1009444.

Bente, H., Mittelsten Scheid, O., & Donà, M. (2020). Versatile in vitro assay to recognize Cas9‐induced mutations. Plant Direct, 4(9), e00269.

Bente, H., & Mittelsten Scheid, O. (2017). Epigenetic contribution to diversification. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(14), 3558-3560.

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