Discover Plant Sciences

Plants are an important basis for human life: they are an inherent part of our diet, they serve as feed and we use them for the production of energy, as raw material or also as valuable ingredients in medical products. But 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 plant-based raw materials also for next generations, innovative strategies are needed to increase yield and quality of crops  that have at the same time minimal impact on resources and environment.

The Cluster of Excellence CEPLAS therefore investigates how plants adapt to changing environmental conditions, how they are able to colonize almost every habitat on earth, and how these findings can be used for agriculture. The plant genome is the key to understanding this adaptability. Genes control plant growth and the conversion of light energy into chemical energy during photosynthesis. Furthermore, microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria also play an important role because they can influence plant growth both positively and negatively. Therefore, it is important to understand as many factors as possible that are involved in the plant's adaption to changing conditions. Thus, we aim to contribute to one of the grand global challenges: ensuring food security and a sustainable supply with plant-based raw materials.

CEPLAS Media Formats

Within the last years, we established various formats to inform the public and relevant stakeholders:

CEPLAS Public Events


Night of Science 2024

13/09/2024 - 13/09/2024 Public Event Haus der Universität, Düsseldorf

Researchers present their science to the public.


Wissenschaft in Kölner Häusern

10/10/2024, 18:00 Public Event Cologne Biocenter

Science in exciting places in Cologne

…find more events on this page.

CEPLAS Image Movies

CEPLAS Image Movie

CEPLAS in 60 seconds

More CEPLAS highlights…

Metabolite hunting

Check out this lovely comic!

Comic zur Metabolomics Plattform

Contact to experts

from different fields of plant sciences

Food Security

Competence Area

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