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Applied Biodiversity Plant Stress Cellular Biotechnology
What is it about? Evolution is based on variable and sustainable solutions for the adversities of life. This diversity is endangered by humans. Our Group Applied Biodiversity tries to understand, protect, and exploit plant biodiversity. In the focus: Crop Wild Relatives. Here, we work on the exciting question, what the biological term "species" actually means. What is it about? Plants cannot run away, they must adapt. They distinguish different stress types to respond appropriately. How can plants distinguish, how can they activate the appropriate mechanisms of adaptation? We do research for a sustainable agriculture of the future and therefore work with the crop plants Rice, Sorghum, and Grapevine. Our central target is the hormone jasmonic acid. What is it about? Plants can generate an entire organism from any single cells. We can't do that. How is a crowd of cells organised into a new entity, how do individual cells sense their integrity. These scientific questions lead to applications - can we manipulate cells by "chemical Trojans" without violating their integrity, can we combine different cells in a microfluidic biofermenter into a technical organism to produce medically interesting compounds?
What we do: We develop novel ways to detect, authenticate, preserve and exploit biodiversity, for instance as resource for a sustainable agriculture. What we do: We try to decode the way, how plants perceive stress and activate adaptation. What we do: Can we understand, how an organism emerges from individual cells? Can we simulate and technically exploit this?

Individual projects

  • Evolution for Sustainable Viticulture
  • Globalisation - Consumer Safety
  • Borders of the Species Concept
  • Signals, not Poisons

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Individual projects

  • Jasmonate and Stress "Grammar"
  • Resilience for Sustainability
  • Immunity in Grapevine
  • Cytoskeleton as Stress Processor

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Individual projects

  • How Cells Form Organisms
  • How Plant Cells Sense Integrity
  • Chemical Trojans for Plant Cells
  • Microfluidic Biofermenter

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