A new canvas for mapping the unknowns of plants inner workings

Why do scientists use animal cells for understanding plants' molecular mechanisms, like photosynthesis, light perception and scents production. As part of our Planter’s Punch series, CEPLAS researcher Uriel Urquiza from the Institute of Synthetic Biology at HHU presents a graphic insight into the Reconstruction Biology, a new and exciting subfield of Synthetic Biology.




German subtitles can be selected on our YouTube channel! 

Planter’s Punch

Under the heading Planter’s Punch we present each month one special aspect of the CEPLAS research programme. All contributions are prepared by our early career researchers.

Further Reading

Urquiza-García U, Millar AJ (2019) Expanding the bioluminescent reporter toolkit for plant science with NanoLUC. Plant Methods 15(1):68. doi: 10.1186/s13007-019-0454-4.



About the author

Dr. Uriel Urquiza Garcia is a mexican chronobiologist who stands in the interface of experimental and theoretical biology. Currently he is interested in using Synthetic Biology for providing extra insight on the very complex molecular networks of plants involved in the perception of light, temperature and time. Previous to joining CEPLAS he developed bioluminescent plants for studying quantitatively some components of the biological clock of plants with Prof. Andrew j. Millar at the University of Edinburgh.