CEPLAS is the only German Cluster of Excellence focusing exclusively on plant science. Arable land, water and nutrients become scarce, while the climate is changing and the world’s population is further increasing. To ensure a sustainable supply with food, feed, and plant-based raw materials, innovative strategies for crop improvement are required.
CEPLAS addresses these grand challenges through world-class fundamental research on complex plant traits of agronomic relevance that impact on yield and adaption to limited resources. This knowledge is essential for designing and breeding plants that react in a predictable way to future challenges.
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 Strategy of the German federal and state governments
€ 42 million