Growth and Development

Plants have evolved mechanisms, allowing them to deal with environmental challenges, reflected in an amazing plasticity of growth patterns and shapes. 

Groups of this research area study key parameters of plant growth such as cell expansion and cell division at the molecular genetic level. Research projects aim to understand developmental processes such as the establishment of root systems or flower induction and how these processes adapt to changing and adverse environments. The principal discoveries are not only relevant for plants but frequently important to all higher organisms. We employ a diverse range of experimental tools, including genetic, biochemical and cell biological techniques. Apart of the essential contributions to fundamental aspects of plant sciences, in the long run, the outcomes will be beneficial for a sustainable improvement of crop quality and performance. 

Research groups and principal investigators:

Marie-Theres Hauser
» Plant Developmental Genetics

Maria Kalyna
» RNA Biology

Barbara Korbei
» Endomembrane System

Doris Lucyshyn
» Signal Integration

Christian Luschnig
» Auxin

Lukas Mach 
» Molecular Cell Biology

Georg Seifert
» Plant Cell Walls


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