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]

Several open positions in CEPLAS groups 

The groups of Prof. Pauly, Prof. Frommer and Prof. Kopriva are looking for a postdoc, a PhD and a scientific coordinator. Apply now! [14/09/2017]

Congratulations to Dr. Gwendolyn Kirschner! 

CEPLAS Gradschool member Gwendolyn successfully defended her PhD thesis "Genetic control of root meristem develoment in barley (Hordeum vulgare)" [12/09/2017]

Wissenschaftler an White Board

Authentic Networking for Women in Academia 

CEPLAS is offering a workshop especially designed for women. [11/09/2017]

New public lecture series "Food and Nutrition Security" 

Several talks will be given by CEPLAS scientists and invited speakers from academia, industry and non-governmental organizations. [05/09/2017]

Pseudomonas bakteria on leave

Microorganism can make plants more competitive and protect them from pathogens!  

Learn more about microbial communities in our new Planter’s Punch edition. [31/08/2017]

CEPLAS PIs contributed two chapters to the book „Photorespiration - Methods and Protocols“ 

The new edition is part of the series Methods in Molecular Biology (Springer Protocols) [22/08/2017]

Wildgerste am MPIPZ

Insights into the development of the fourth most abundant crop plant: Barley.  

Two new publications from CEPLAS groups of Rüdiger Simon and Maria von Korff. [15/08/2017]

US$6 million grant from Gates foundation! 

Congratulation to Wolf B. Frommer and his international research partners. [11/08/2017]

CEPLAS Work-Family-Integration measurements 

Did you know that CEPLAS promotes reconciliation between work and private life? Offers are open to women and men! [08/08/2017]

Nature Letter co-authored by group of Rüdiger Simon 

In vivo FRET–FLIM reveals cell-type-specific protein interactions in Arabidopsis roots. [03/08/2017]

Open position as Technical Assistant 

The Institute for Plant Genetics (HHU/MPIPZ) is looking for a Technical Assistant [02/08/2017]

Group Picture in Santa Monica

Greetings from abroad! 

Various CEPLAS PhDs and Postdocs spent several weeks in labs abroad, funded by the CEPLAS mobility fund. Here they share their experience with you. [01/08/2017]


How to identify (almost) invisible organisms? 

The new Planter's Punch edition explains what DNA barcods are and how they are generated. [27/07/2017]

Wildgerste am MPIPZ

Impressions from CEPLAS research and events 

Get an impression of recent CEPLAS events and what our research looks like. Images will be updated periodically. [25/07/2017]

Successful CEPLAS Women in Plant Sciences Day 2017! 

21 female CEPLAS scientists participated in a compact, interactive and women-oriented workshop programme. [20/07/2017]

Glowing Plants - Exhibition in the Botanical Garden 

Today is the official opening of a new exhibition in the Botanical Garden at HHU (12.07. - 03.09.). Don't miss! [12/07/2017]

Directed evolution

How to get specific traits from one plant to another? 

This Planter's Punch explains what genetic and evolutionary engineering is and how you can combine them. [06/07/2017]

Image: sitzungswoche / Henrik Andree

CEPLAS meets Politics 

CEPLAS Speaker Andreas Weber was invited to the "Sitzungswoche Agrar" in Berlin to discuss about sustainable agriculture. [03/07/2017]

Congratulations to Dr. Vicky Tilmes! 

CEPLAS Gradschool member Vicky successfully defended her PhD thesis "Functional analysis of orthologous transcription factors FLOWERING LOCUS C and… [28/06/2017]