Prof. Dr. Yvonne Stahl

Research focus

Our research focuses on the regulation of stem cell homeostasis in plant roots. Roots are essential for higher plants, as they provide anchorage in the soil and access to water and nutrients. As plants need to adapt their development and architecture upon external and internal cues, fundamental work on the source of all plant tissues and organs, the plant stem cells, is pivotal to understand current limits, but also future opportunities to fortify plants against adverse climate conditions to ensure food security.

The five most important publications

  1. Burkart, R.C., Strotmann, V., Kirschner, G.K., Akinci, A., Czempik, L., Maizel, A., Weidtkamp-Peters, S. and Stahl, Y.*(2022) PLETHORA and WOX5 interaction and subnuclear localization regulates Arabidopsis root stem cell maintenance. EMBO Reports, 23: e54105.
  2. Strotmann, V. I., Stahl, Y. * (2021) At the root of quiescence – Function and regulation of the quiescent center. Journal of Experimental Botany. 1(5):100028.
  3. Long, Y., Stahl, Y., Weidtkamp-Peters, S., Postma, M., Zhou, W., Goedhart, J., Sánchez-Pérez, M.-I., Gadella, T.D.W. Jr, Simon, R., Scheres, B and Blilou, I. (2017In vivo FRET-FLIM reveals cell type-specific protein interactions in Arabidopsis roots. Nature. 548:97–102. 
  4. Stahl, Y.*, Grabowski, S., Bleckmann, A., Kühnemuth, R., Weidtkamp-Peters, S., Gustavo Pinto, K., Kirschner, G. K., Schmid, J. B., Wink, R. H., Hülsewede, A., Felekyan, S., Seidel, C. A. M., Simon, R. (2013) Moderation of root stemness by CLAVATA1 and ARABIDOPSIS CRINKLY4 receptor kinase complexes. Current Biology 23: 362-371. 

  5. Stahl, Y., Wink, R.H., Ingram, G.C. and Simon, R. (2009) A signaling module controlling the stem cell niche in Arabidopsis root meristemsCurrent Biology 19: 909-914.  
Prof. Dr. Yvonne Stahl

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Institute for Developmental Genetics
Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf