CEPLAS is the only German Cluster of Excellence focusing exclusively on plant science. As the climate changes and the world’s population increases in unprecedented rates, arable land, water and nutrients are becoming scarce. To ensure a sustainable supply of plant-based raw materials, innovative strategies for crop improvement are required.
The Cluster’s mission is to decode different complex plant traits, which have an important impact on growth, yield and the use of resources. By understanding the molecular and genetic basis of these plant traits we aim to create the basis for a future sustainable cultivation of food, feed and energy crops.
The interdisciplinary approach of the cluster focuses on four different research areas:
Additionally, CEPLAS has established a technology platform on Plant Metabolism and Metabolomics Facility.
Synthetic Biology, Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics, Quantitative Biology, Interdisciplinary Approaches of Theoretical and Experimental Biology
Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments, second round.
€ 34 million
Approximately 200 scientists are currently working in the frame of CEPLAS on cluster-relevant topics. Thereof about 60 persons are financed directly by the cluster. The majority belongs to the group of early career researches: 21 postdocs and 25 doctoral researchers (status of 2017).