Que hacemos

Bienvenído en el Nick-Lab

Biología Celular Molecular (Prof. Dr. Peter Nick)

Fritz-Haber-Weg, Gbd. 30.43 (Torre de Biología), 5. suelo. e-mail. Como encontrarnos



la revista con más tradición de biologá celular (Springer-Nature). Nos otros la publicamos. màs...


Qué hay de nuevo?

 Il nuevo "Strasburger"

127 years ago Eduard Strasburger founded the textbook of botany, which appeared now in the 38. edition - this makes the "Strasburger" the biology textbook with the longest history. Peter Nick contributed a couple of 100 pages to the topics structure and function of the plant body and plant development. The "Strasburger" pursues the goal to depict the entire knowledge on plants, comprehensively, up-to-date, and at the same time filtered. Even though it had never been easier to acquire information, the problem is progressively to filter relevant from irrelevant. Textbooks are, therefore, not outdated, but more important than ever. more...




The State Teaching Award 2015 was given to Peter Nick and Mathias Gutmann. The money was used to found the Forum. Beyond faculties and disciplines, we debate here on controversial topics. In the summer term 2021 we deal with climate change - due to the virus in virtual form



Qué hay de nuevo?

Planta nueva per bioeconomía

Our colleague Dr. Adnan Kanbar succeeded over years of work to breed a new variety of Sorghum bicolor (originating from Sudan) for bio-economical applications and our European climate. Upon sowing in May, this plant reaches more than 3 m height till September. Due to a changed architecture of the vasculature, the new variety KIT1 can transport more sugar, such that more bio-ethanol can be fermented. To the KIT press release.

Qué hay de nuevo?  LEGO con un chip

Together with the team of Prof. Dr. Guber at the Institute of Microstructure Technology (Campus North) we have developed over the years a microfluidic chip for plant cells. This allows to cultivate different cells together, enabling chemical communication, while the distance rules are strictly kept. Our newest work explores what one can do with this modular chip system. We show that lonely plant cells do not divide, but can be stimulated to do so, by providing through the microfluidic stream the chemical presence of other cells (Quorum Sensing). We show further, how the chip helps to study fungi involved in the Esca Syndrome (a grapevine disease that is threatening in consequence of climate change) produce toxins in response to plant cells. In a third application we play then metabolic LEGO and get two different cell lines from the medicinal plant Catharanthus roseus (Madagassian Periwinkle) to generate vindolin in a kind of chemical team work. Vindolin is the precursor for the precious anti-tumour compounds vinblastin and vincristin. The chip is an important milestone in our Interreg project DialogProTec. more...

Qué hay de nuevo?  Un nariz electronico

What was the question behind this work? Plant scents are manifold and act precisely, manipulate insects, drive competitors into suicide and also exert various influences upon us humans. To be able to investigate this, one needs to distinguish them - this should be fast, reliable and objective. This is not only relevant for biology, but also for industry. The market of scents is exclusive and expensive. Deceit is part of everyday business.

How did we approach the question? Through a truly interdisciplinary cooperation between the Botanical Institute, the Institute for Light Technology, and the Institute for Functional Interfaces, a e-nose based upon the SURMOF technology was developed and validated. As case study, we picked the Mints - here, many and closely related species have developed in a kind of chemical evolution quite different scents.

Press Release by the KIT

Lo que investigamos

Leben ist nicht einfach. Es gibt zwei Wege, das zu meistern – Tiere rennen davon, Pflanzen passen sich an. Wir wollen verstehen, wie. Der Schlüssel sind pflanzliche Zellen, denn sie vermitteln Gestalt, Anpassung und die enorme Vielfalt der Pflanzen.
Evolution löst Probleme nachhaltig, auf vielfältige Weise. Können wir diese Vielfalt nutzen? mehr... Amaranth, das Superfood der Inka, als funktionelles Nahrungsmittel. Wir versuchen, Den Gehalt an Omega-3-Fettsäuren zu erhöhen, um eine vegane Alternative für Seefisch zu entwickeln (EU-CORNET, 2020-2022). mehr...
Pflanzen sind Meister der Anpassung. Wie meistern sie Stress? mehr.. Ökosystem auf dem Chip für nachhaltigen Pflanzenschutz (Interreg Wissenschaftsoffensive, 2019-2022). mehr...
Pflanzenzellen können Selbstorganisation. Wie geht das? mehr... Kälteresistenz von Erdbeeren (BMBF, 2018-2020)