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Issue 2012

MaxPlanckResearch 4/2012

Untrue to Type
When plant pollen fertilizes an ovum, the genetic material in the nucleus and the chloroplasts must harmonize. Stephan Greiner from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Golm, near Potsdam, would like to find out which factors in the chloroplasts prevent the interbreeding of plant species. To do this, he works with a model plant that’s not too particular when it comes to the species boundary: the evening primrose.

MaxPlanckResearch 1/2012

Getting to the Root of Things
Plants have lived in close community with certain fungi for millions of years. The microorganisms provide them with vital mineral salts such as phosphate, and in return, they supply the fungi with carbohydrates. Franziska Krajinski from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Golm observes how these unequal partners establish contact with each other and exchange nutrients.
Issue 2009

MPR Special "Innovation" /2009

Memory with Metabolic Patterns
The company metanomics systematically influences plant characteristics through their genes, for example to increase yields.
Issue 2008

MPR 4 /2008

Cell Evolution in Fast Motion
How were plant cells, and thus higher forms of life on Earth, able to evolve from bacteria? Ralph Bock, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Golm, has been exploring this question for many years.
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