Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research

Research publications

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Research publications 2016

Enhancing leaf shape diversity

November 16, 2016

A small piece of DNA with a large effect on leaf shape [more]


Not without my microbiome

November 14, 2016

When nodule bacteria supply plants with atmospheric nitrogen, characteristic microbial communities that drive plant growth become established in the root. [more]


Exploding seed pods

June 02, 2016

A mathematical model explains how popping cress catapults its seeds into the air [more]

When foes become friends

May 06, 2016

A few modifications in the genome turn a fungal plant pathogen into a potentially beneficial organism [more]


Plants take on fungal tenants on demand

March 17, 2016

Innate immune system of the thale cress plant ensures a good phosphate supply [more]

Research publications 2015

Toolkit for microbiota research

December 02, 2015

Researchers cultivate the majority of bacteria in the laboratory that colonize Arabidopsis plants in nature [more]


New insight into leaf shape diversity

November 23, 2015

Pleiotropy influences the genes shaping leaf diversity [more]


Tomato domestication decelerated the circadian clock

November 20, 2015

Wild and domesticated varieties of tomato have a different circadian rhythm [more]


Timing is everything – for plants too

August 18, 2015

Variation in leaf shapes within a plant species is caused by differences in how fast plants develop [more]

Research publications 2014

Researchers block plant hormone

August 17, 2014

A small molecule inhibits jasmonic acid and helps to explain its effects [more]


Gene for dissected leaves

February 14, 2014

Arabidopsis thaliana lost the RCO gene over the course of evolution and thus forms simple leaves [more]


Census in the plant root

January 21, 2014

Bacterial communities that colonise plant roots reflect the plant’s species affiliation and location preferences [more]

Research publications 2013

Immune system's errand boy

December 16, 2013

Signalling pathway links local and systemic plant immunity [more]


Molecular snapshot of the plant immune system’s signal box

December 11, 2013

The molecular architecture of three key proteins and their complexes reveals how plants fine-tune their immune response to pathogens [more]


The secret of short stems

November 12, 2013

Arabidopsis plants that only reach half their normal height have a mutation in the biosynthesis of the plant growth factor gibberellin [more]


Sexual reproduction only second choice for powdery mildew

July 14, 2013

The parasitic plant fungi primarily turn to sexual reproduction when host plants improve their defense mechanisms [more]


Flowering at the right age

June 10, 2013

Alpine rock cress uses a ribonucleic acid to measure its age and tell when it’s the right time to flower [more]

Research publications 2012

Differences in the genomes of related plant pathogens

August 12, 2012

Even in closely-related species, life-style moulds the genetic make-up of pathogens and how their genes are used [more]


Bacterial community inside the plant root

August 02, 2012

Plants choose the soil bacteria that they allow into their roots [more]


An international consortium sequences the tomtato genome

May 30, 2012

Scientists of the University of Bonn are involved in the international project [more]


Early flowering caused by faulty biological clock

May 14, 2012

A change in its internal clock helps barley adjust to cultivation in northern environments with short summers [more]


Pod corn develops leaves in the inflorescences

April 24, 2012

A leaf gene active in the maize cob causes leaves to grow in the male and female inflorescences [more]

Research publications 2011

Plants use mobile proteins to defend themselves against bacteria

December 09, 2011

Immune response depends on the distribution of plant and bacterial proteins [more]


Plant seeds protect their genetic material against dehydration

December 02, 2011

When seeds from the thale cress Arabidopsis thaliana mature, their cell nuclei reduce in size and the chromatin condenses [more]


Smallest suicide unit of immune response in plants identified

March 22, 2011

So-called "coil-coil domain" drives cells to programmed cell death [more]


The production of plant pollen is regulated by several signalling pathways

January 25, 2011

When it comes to pollen formation, seed plants go for overproduction [more]

Research publications 2010

Powdery mildew at an evolutionary dead end

December 09, 2010

The fungal pathogen has only those genes left that are necessary for its parasitical existence [more]


Mildew-resistant and infertile

November 24, 2010

Two proteins involved in powdery mildew infection in plants also play an important role in fertilisation [more]


Hybrid plants with over-reactive immune system

November 17, 2010

Crossbreeding can result in incompatible gene combinations [more]


Barley genes against drought

November 08, 2010

With many regions of the world becoming more arid as a result of the climate change, the crop yield also decreases. New types of crops should therefore be more resistant to aridity. [more]

Research publications 2007

A small leak will sink a great ship

June 24, 2007

New insights into the function of microRNAs in plants: abolishing a microRNA converts petals to stamens [more]

Research publications 2006

When They Cooperate, Proteins Become Red

July 21, 2006

Max Planck researchers develop another tool for making the interactions between proteins visible [more]

Research publications 2005

The Secret Love Life of Plants

December 08, 2005

Researchers in Cologne discover signals between plant embryos and their endosperm [more]


Plants Have a Double Line of Defence

November 17, 2005

Max Planck researchers in Cologne, Germany demonstrate that a multi-step defence system underlies the durable resistance of plants to fungal parasites [more]


Take Two!

October 20, 2005

Max Planck researchers in Cologne have discovered how protein kinases in plants regulate adaptation to changing light conditions [more]

Research publications 2004

Imported Fitness

August 19, 2004

Max Planck Researcher in Cologne, Germany, unravel mechanism of resistance to fungal infection in Barley [more]


Molecular Mechanisms that Trigger Flowering in Spring

February 12, 2004

Max Planck scientists have discovered how plants initiate the formation of flowers depending on the length of day and time of year [more]

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