Our Vision

The Institute of Biochemical Plant Pathology 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 and plant phenotyping. 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.