Our research

Institute of Biochemical Plant Pathology

Our Institute explores natural defence mechanisms, growth and fitness of plants, as well as the efficient use of resources in response to environmental cues. Focus is placed on the molecular mechanisms that allow plants to respond and adapt to biotic as well as abiotic factors. Signal perception and transduction pathways in plant adaptation and growth are being addressed by genetic and biochemical approaches. Specific topics are plant innate immunity, redox signaling and adaptation of plants to environmental factors such as UV-B radiation and drought. The research carried out by the institute is intended to support new procedures for sustainable agriculture and biotechnological use of plants, as well as to make a contribution to safeguarding the role of plants in the nourishment and health of human beings.

The Research Unit of Environmental Simulation, EUS, is associated with the Institute of Biochemical Plant Pathology. EUS acts as a research platform and service provider (controlled environment simulations in exposure chambers, solar simulators, research greenhouse) within the institute and in external collaborations. Its own research focuses on molecular ecophysiology of plants and terrestrial biosystems with particular interest on the emission and biological and ecological functions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Specific emphasis is put on elucidation of molecular mechanisms of these compounds and their regulation by abiotic and biotic factors.

The BIOP is a partner in national and international plant phenotyping networks.