Institute of Botany (Biocenter)

Biocentrum, Zuelpicher Str. 47b, 50674 Cologne, Germany

Prof. Dr. Marcel Bucher (Plant Physiology, Symbiosis)

Main research areas of the group are:

  • The molecular and biochemical mechanisms of mineral nutrient acquisition in plants
  • Identifying and analysing signals and regulatory networks in plant phosphate uptake and transport, including the mycorrhizal symbiosis
  • Studying plant phosphate transport on a systems level

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Prof. Dr. Ulf-Ingo Flügge (Plant Physiology)

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Prof. Dr. Ute Höcker (Plant Development)

We study the role of protein degradation in light-controlled plant development.  To unravel this process, we are using the model species Arabidopsis thaliana and a combination of genetic, molecular and biochemical methods.

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Prof. Dr. Martin Hülskamp (Plant Development)

We use Arabidopsis trichomes as a model system to study cell-cell communication, cell differentiation and morphogenesis. Genetic screens have revealed a large number of mutants affecting distinct steps of trichome development enabling a further molecular and cell biological analysis. The beauty of this system is that virtually all trichome genes turned out to be relevant for other cell types as well because they are involved in various general mechanisms of plant development.

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