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Abiotic stress response

Abiotic stresses like drought, heat, cold and salt stress are major factors limiting plant production worldwide. With the progress of climate change, the severity and variation of these stresses will increase.

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Molecular interactions in the rhizosphere of maize

The rhizosphere is the narrow region of soil surrounding plant roots. Roots extract nutrients and water from their soil environment and secrete exudates to the rhizosphere.   more

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Heterosis

Heterosis describes the superior performance of heterozygous hybrids compared to their genetically diverse parental inbred lines. Heterosis is extensively exploited in agriculture for more than 100 years. Nevertheless, the underlying molecular basis remains largely enigmatic.   more

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Reverse genetic resources

Genome-wide insertional mutagenesis is a tool to create loss-of-function mutations for virtually all genes in a genome. In maize, Mutator transposons are one system used to generate insertional mutations. Sequence indexed collections of Mutator induced maize mutants are used for reverse and forward genetics experiments to identify and characterize novel mutants.

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Root architecture

Although hidden in the ground and therefore often neglected, roots are important plant organs: they serve as anchorage, take up water and nutrients and interact with microbes in the soil.   more

16.06.2021

CiBreed Seminar Series

Caroline Marcon will give a talk about her BonnMu project as part of the CiBreed Seminar Series on Friday, June 18 at 10:15 am.

08.04.2021

NEW PUBLICATION

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In a joint effort with the plant nutrition group of Xinping Chen from the College of Resources and Environmental Sciences of Southwest University in China and scientists from 16 universities and institutes, our recent work is now online in Nature Plants.

17.12.2020

Gene im Dornröschenschlaf

von der Arbeitsgruppe Crop Functional Genomics von Prof. Dr. Frank Hochholdinger erforscht an Mais „springende Gene“. (© Foto:  Volker Lannert / Uni Bonn)

Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler der Universität Bonn provozieren natürliche Erbgutveränderungen in Maispflanzen: Mit einem Enzym aktivieren sie „springende Gene“, die die Sequenz der Keimlinge verändern.

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