Seit 1. Juli 2021 läuft unser neues Projekt M4F - Microbes for Future an. Gefördert vom Strategiefond des Präsidiums versuchen wir, das Immunsystem der Weinrebe klimafest zu machen, indem wir die Mikroben im Wurzelraum über terra preta beeinflussen. mehr...
What is it about
Plants cannot run away, thus, they must adapt. Whether drought stress or fungal attack - each stress factor commands a different strategy. Under salt stress, a transporter is made that quells sodium ions in the vacuole. This would be completely meaningless in case of a pathogen attac. The activates these different responses by the very same molecules, though. How can it discriminate? We assume that, similar to human language, a kine of code exists, a set of rules that help the cell to decode combinations of different molecular signals. Will we succeed, to crack the "grammar of stress signals" and make use of it? This would be an important contribution to the agriculture of the futre. The close link between fundamental research questions and application matters for us. Therefore, we work on the relevant crop plants Rice and Grapevine.
Jasmonate and the Grammar of Stress
Jasmonate is the plant version of adrenalin. Our worldwide unique rice mutants help us to decipher the role of this important signal path.
Resilience and Sustainability
New plants with high yield enabled the "Green Revolution". The price was susceptibility to stress. Can we make use of our knowledge on resilience to do molecular breeding?
To pour pure wine is hard, because our grapes are "Fungicide Junkies". Can we activate immunity instead? Our tool: Wild Grapevines that harbour immunity genes.
Cytoskeleton as Signalling Hub
The plant cytoskeleton is relevant for signal processing. Fluorescent lines of rice and grapevine allow us to follow the earliest stress responses of crop plants.