Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology

Research publications

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Research publications 2017

Research highlights from our yearbook

June 22, 2017

The yearbook of the Max Planck Society illustrates the research carried out at our institutes. We selected a few reports from our 2017 yearbook to illustrate the variety and diversity of topics and projects. [more]

Research publications 2016

Marine microalgae: an address plaque for calcium

August 04, 2016

A biochemical mechanism controls which nanostructures are formed in calcite-forming microorganisms [more]


New plant engineering method could help fill demand for crucial malaria drug

June 17, 2016

Novel methods could enable inexpensive mass production for drugs [more]

Research publications 2015

Fighting the Colorado potato beetle with RNA

February 26, 2015

RNA interference protects potato plants against herbivore attack [more]

Research publications 2014

Wild genes enhance stress tolerance

October 14, 2014

The genome of the wild tomato Solanum pennellii provides clues as to why this tomato species is so tolerant to stress [more]


Making new species without sex

June 10, 2014

Plants can transfer their entire genetic material to a partner in an asexual manner [more]


Plants recycle too

February 14, 2014

Researchers discover new adapter proteins for endocytosis in plants [more]

Research publications 2013

Silver Banksia plants excel at phosphate saving

December 10, 2013

The Australian plant family is highly efficient in the management of the nutrient [more]


Cellulose goes off the rails

April 25, 2013

Without microtubule guidance cellulose causes changes in organ patterns during growth [more]


Sugar influences the onset of flowering

February 07, 2013

Only when light, age and energy conditions are right do plants flower [more]

Research publications 2012

Carbon dioxide could reduce crop yields

November 30, 2012

High-yielding dwarf plant varieties lose their advantage due to increasing carbon dioxide concentration [more]


Ethylene of no effect – why peppers do not mature after picking

August 03, 2012

Climacteric and non-climacteric fruits react differently to the plant hormone ethylene [more]


Direct transfer of plant genes from chloroplasts into the cell nucleus

April 13, 2012

Gene function preserved despite structural differences in the DNA [more]


Genetic information migrates from plant to plant

February 02, 2012

Sexually incompatible species exchange chloroplast genomes at contact zones [more]


Genetic fingerprint reveals new efficient maize cultivars

January 15, 2012

A computer model predicts the ability of different maize lines to produce high-yield offspring [more]

Research publications 2011

Sugar pump in plants identified

December 12, 2011

Researchers discover the protein that transports sucrose to the plant’s vascular pathways [more]


Good preparation is key – even for plant cells and symbiotic fungi

November 14, 2011

Laser capture microdissection provides an insight into the symbiotic programme of root cells [more]


Enzymes for cell wall synthesis conserved across species barriers

July 14, 2011

Many plants use similar genes to build their cell walls [more]


A lack of structure facilitates protein synthesis

June 28, 2011

Easily accessible starting point on messenger RNA increases protein formation [more]

Research publications 2010

CSI at the service of cellulose synthesis

July 19, 2010

Plant researchers identify a protein involved in the formation of cellulose [more]


Genes under control

March 24, 2010

Max Planck scientists develop gene switch for chloroplasts in plant cells [more]

Research publications 2006

Tastier Tomatoes in the Future?

March 24, 2006

German-Israeli research team discovers DNA fragments in wild tomatoes which could allow the development of better cultured tomatoes [more]

Research publications 2003

A New Hope for Heavy Metal Contaminated Soils

December 04, 2003

First global gene expression analysis elucidates the molecular inventory of naturally selected plant heavy metal hyperaccumulation and tolerance [more]

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