At the Department of Plant Physiology we investigate how plants are able to cope with stresses. Plants are able to sense environmental cues and respond to them rapidly in order to efficiently acclimate. Responses to challenges occur at multiple levels, and coordinated proteolysis is paramount to allow plants to reshape the proteome, as well as to maintain protein homeostasis (proteostasis) during cellular stress.
To understand the plant defense with a particular focus on the so-called "defense priming" and to run projects in the area of plant- and agricultural biotechnology is the mission of the working group headed by Prof. Dr. Uwe Conrath. Dr. Gerold Beckers leads the sub-group defense priming, Dr. Caspar Langenbach the subgroup AgBiotech.
The Junior Professorship supports research and teaching at the department of Biology in the interdisciplinary field of the systems biology. An integral part of this research area is the combination of laboratory and theoretical work to answer complex questions in life sciences.
In view of a global shortage of energy and food, plant research is particularly challenged in the provision of plant biomass for energy production or through increased plant production. Through a detailed understanding of the interaction between a host plant and a pathogen, we are able to specifically intervene in the resistance mechanisms of plants so that they become resistant to a variety of potential pathogens.