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 Textbooks are, therefore, not outdated, but more important than ever.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 WS 2021-2022 it is about Time.



Kölreuter Award for Noemie Flubacher

The Association of Friends and Supporter of the KIT Botanical Garden awarded the Kölreuter Award for Sustainability to Noemi Flubacher for her Master thesis on Esca & Co, novel diseases in viticulture that are spreading progressively in consequence of climate change. The award was handed over 14.10.2021 at the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe. more...

Qué hay de nuevo?

Bio-Economía de Fósforo

Bio-Economy means an economy that is circular and, thus, remains sustainable. After our colleague Dr. Adnan Kanbar succeeded, to breed, in the Botanical Garden of the KIT a new variety of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor), that is able to thrive under our climatic conditions and can be used to produce bio-ethanol due to a high sugar content (press release of the KIT), the next step deals with closing the cycle. As result of a cooperation project with Prof. Stapf (Institute of Technical Chemistry, Campus Nord), supported by funds from the KIT Division I, we could show that Sorghum bicolor can cope with marginal soils by forming a larger root system and activation of genes for phosphate transporters, such that it accumulates phosphorous and silicates. When, after extraction of the sugar, the residues are processed into biochar by low heat, it is possible to replace fertilisation with mineralic phosphates. This work appears now in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences. more...

Qué hay de nuevo? Microbes for Future

Together with Prof. Anne Kaster (Institute for Biological Interfaces at the North Campus) we launched our new project "Microbes for Future", funded by the Strategy Programme of the KIT Presidium. Our goal is to modulate the microbes in the rhizosphere of Grapevine to support plant immunity. By this approach we hope to mitigate the impact of climate change in viticulture. The base for this application is our research on Esca & Co, wood decaying fungi that, in consequence of climate change, progressively affect viticulture, also in our region. more...

Qué hay de nuevo?  Bioherbicídas de Menta

What was the question behind this work? Plant scents are manifold and often exert unexpected effects. Mints smell quite differently, depending on the species and have been used by humans ever since for their aromatic and medicinal effects. For what purpose did they evolve these scents - certainly not to please us, although we humans tend to think that Nature exists exclusively for our purpose. In fact, Mints use these scents to drive their competitors into suicide. In our previous work, we have discovered, how this works. Now, we want to exploit this trick for novel bioherbicides. The Frankfurter Rundschau has now addressed this in their focus on bio-economy.

Article of the Frankfurter Rundschau on our Mint project


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)