Our research aims to gain a better understanding of the behavior of plant metabolic systems and their interactions. The group uses computational approaches that are centered around the analysis of large-scale metabolic networks and works closely with experimental labs. Key topics are the development of flux-balance methods to study tissue- and organ interactions, the curation and computational integration of specialized metabolism and the study of plant-environment interactions. The gained knowledge will guide metabolic engineering strategies for improved crop plant productivity and quality.
L* Recht, N Töpfer*, A Batushansky, N Sikron, A Zarka, Y Gibon, Z Nikoloski, A Fait, S Boussiba (2014) Metabolite profiling and integrative modeling reveal metabolic constraints for carbon partitioning under nitrogen-starvation in the green alga Haematococcus pluvialis. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 289 (44), 30387-3040. *authors contributed equally
Institute for Plant Sciences, COPT Center
University of Cologne
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