We want to understand how plants fend off disease. Our focus is on the elucidation of defense priming. The term describes the enhanced defensive capacity of immunized plants. They activate defense earlier, faster and often more strongly than unprimed plants. In addition to basic research, we also have projects in plant biotechnology and bioeconomy to transfer the findings of our basic research to applications. Our goal is to make crop protection more effective and contribute to environmentally friendly plant production.