Congratulations to Dr. Udhaya Ponraj 

CEPLAS Graduate School member Udhaya successfully defended her PhD thesis "Analysis of axillary mersitem initiation in perennial plant Arabis alpina" [26/01/2018]


17 PhD positions at MPIPZ Cologne 

CEPLAS PIs M. Bucher, A. Zuccaro, M. von Korff, G. Coupland, J. Parker, J. Chai, P.Schulze-Lefert & M. Tsiantis are offering PhD projects. Application… [25/01/2018]

Open positions 

AG Garrido-Oter at MPIPZ is looking for two postdocs! [17/01/2018]

Congratulations to Dr. Silke Weckopp 

CEPLAS Graduate School member Silke successfully defended her PhD thesis "Does the evolution of C4 photosynthesis include adaptions in mineral… [15/01/2018]


Planter's Punch Award 2017 

The winner is: Berkley Walker with "Where did all my donuts go?" [11/01/2018]

Competence Area Food Security 

New image movie out now! [05/01/2018]

Tim Rose

First Quantitative Biologists have finished their Bachelor! 

First graduates in the CEPLAS-initiated programme. [02/01/2018]

Congratulations to Dr. Philipp Fesel 

CEPLAS Graduate School member Philipp successfully defended his PhD thesis "Insights into ß-glucan biology in mutualistic plant-microbe interactions" [19/12/2017]

Successful 2nd NRW-wide PhD Day "Future Bioeconomy" 

Networking event for young researchers interested in bioeconomy. [14/12/2017]


What is the relation between donuts and photosynthesis? 

Find out in our new Planter’s Punch. [12/12/2017]

Highly Cited Researcher Badge

Highly Cited Researcher 2017 

Congratulations: Three CEPLAS PIs are among the most frequently cited researchers! [05/12/2017]

New early career researchers’ representatives 

Melanie Sapp was elected as the new early career researchers’ representative. [30/11/2017]

Congratulations: ERC Consolidator Grant for Gunter Döhlemann! 

Five year funding for research on virulence strategies of fungal plant pathogens. [29/11/2017]

Arabisdopsis Blätter

Just released: The CEPLAS Image Movie! 

Lean back and enjoy a tour through CEPLAS research activities and discover plant science! [17/11/2017]

Apply now for a CEPLAS research internship! 

Research internships for 3./4. semester B.Sc. Biology or Biochemistry students. Application deadline is December 17. [13/11/2017]

C4 plants

The interesting ways of how plants use CO2 and light to create sugar and O2 

Find out more in our new Planter's Punch. [09/11/2017]

CEPLAS Symposium

Impressions from CEPLAS Symposium 2017 

More than 100 scientists participated in the annual event. [24/10/2017]

Do you know Kiri trees?  

CEPLAS young researchers visited the spin-off company WeGrow. [18/10/2017]

Successful CEPLAS Workshop about Authentic Networking for Women in Academia  

14 female CEPLAS scientists participated in a workshop about networking specially designed for women. [17/10/2017]

root-associated fungal microbiota

How do plants ensure adequate phosphorus nutrition in phosphorus-impoverished soils? 

Joint publication of three CEPLAS groups gives insights into root-associated fungal microbiota. [10/10/2017]


Insights into the plant’s protistbiome 

New publication from several CEPLAS members, who analysed the role of protists for plants. [05/10/2017]

Successful draft proposal in the Excellence Strategy! 

CEPLAS was invited to submit a full proposal in the funding line Clusters of Excellence. [29/09/2017]

Grafik einer Pflanze

The importance of soil health and how microbes can contribute to improved farming systems 

Learn more about this topic in our new Planter's Punch! [26/09/2017]

Congratulations to ERC Starting Grant! 

We congratulate Stéphane Hacquard (MPIPZ) on the ERC Starting Grant “MICRORULES” that was awarded to him for the next five years. [15/09/2017]