At the Molecular Plant Physiology (MPP) we study membrane proteins and processes that are involved in signal detection and the control of cellular signaling. In our projects, we focus on…

  • The interaction of parasitic plants with host plants on the molecular level. We are mainly interested in membrane-bound receptors that detect parasitic ligand molecules and initiate either susceptibility- or resistance-related signaling in hosts.
  • The structure, function and development of Plasmodesmata (cell-cell contacts) and their special roles in Cuscuta-host plant interaction.
  • Calcium-signaling via calcium sensing proteins and ion channels, its regulation and role for cell growth and plant stress responses.
  • The components and molecular mechanisms of transport processes, including ion- or sugar transport.
  • Membrane toxins of phytopathogenic microbes and their mode of action.


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