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.
For more details, please visit