Jun.- Prof. Dr. Maria Albani

Research focus

My group is interested to study the contribution of axillary and lateral meristems in the perennial life cycle of Arabis alpina. We employ forward and reverse genetic approaches to understand the role of genes that regulate perennial specific traits and contribute to the perennial life strategy. My group has a strong background of the physiology of perennial traits in A. alpina, the regulation of flowering time and its contribution to the perennial life cycle. We are now starting to investigate the role of lateral meristems in perennial traits and potential links with flowering behavior.

The ten most important publications

  1. Willing EM, Rawat V, Mandáková T, Maumus F, James GV, Nordström KJV, Becker C, Warthmann N, Chica C, Szarzynska B, Zytnicki M, Albani MC, Kiefer C, Bergonzi S, Castaings L, Mateos JL, Berns MC, Bujdoso N, Piofczyk T, de Lorenzo L, Barrero-Sicilia C, Mateos I, Piednouel M, Hagmann J, Chen-Min-Taó R, Iglesias-Fernández R, Schuster SC, Alonso-Blanco C, Roudier F, Carbonero P, Paz-Ares J, Davis SJ, Pecinka A, Quesneville H, Colot V, Lysak MA, Weigel D, Coupland G, Schneeberger K (2015) Genome expansion of Arabis alpina linked with retrotransposition and reduced symmetric DNA methylation. Nature Plants 1(2):1-7.
  2. Chopra D, Wolff H, Span J, Schellmann S, Coupland G, Albani MC, Schrader A, Hülskamp M (2014) Analysis of TTG1 function in Arabis alpina. BMC Plant Biol 14:16.
  3. Castaings L, Bergonzi S, Albani MC, Kemi U, Savolainen O, Coupland G (2014) Evolutionary conservation of cold-induced antisense RNAs of FLOWERING LOCUS C in Arabidopsis thaliana perennial relatives. Nat Commun 5:4457.
  4. Nordström KJ, Albani MC, James GV, Gutjahr C, Hartwig B, Turck F, Paszkowski U, Coupland G, Schneeberger K (2013) Mutation identification by direct comparison of whole-genome sequencing data from mutant and wild-type individuals using k-mers. Nat Biotechnol 31(4):325-330.
  5. Bergonzi S, Albani MC, Ver Loren van Themaat E, Nordström KJ, Wang R, Schneeberger K, Moerland PD, Coupland G (2013) Mechanisms of age-dependent response to winter temperature in perennial flowering of Arabis alpina. Science 340(6136):1094-1097.
  6. Koskela EA, Mouhu K, Albani MC, Kurokura T, Rantanen M, Sargent DJ, Battey NH, Coupland G, Elomaa P, Hytönen T (2012) Mutation in TERMINAL FLOWER1 reverses the photoperiodic requirement for flowering in the wild strawberry Fragaria vesca. Plant Physiol 159(3):1043-1054.
  7. Albani MC, Castaings L, Wötzel S, Mateos JL, Wunder J, Wang R, Reymond M, Coupland G (2012) PEP1 of Arabis alpina is encoded by two overlapping genes that contribute to natural genetic variation in perennial flowering. PLoS genetics 8(12):e1003130.
  8. Wang R, Albani MC, Vincent C, Bergonzi S, Luan M, Bai Y, Kiefer C, Castillo R, Coupland G (2011) Aa TFL1 confers an age-dependent response to vernalization in perennial Arabis alpina. The Plant cell 23(4):1307-1321.
  9. Adrian J, Farrona S, Reimer JJ, Albani MC, Coupland G, Turck F (2010) cis-Regulatory elements and chromatin state coordinately control temporal and spatial expression of FLOWERING LOCUS T in Arabidopsis. The Plant cell 22(5):1425-1440.
  10. Wang R, Farrona S, Vincent C, Joecker A, Schoof H, Turck F, Alonso-Blanco C, Coupland G, Albani MC (2009) PEP1 regulates perennial flowering in Arabis alpina. Nature 459(7245):423-427.
Jun-Prof. Dr. Maria Albani
CEPLAS Maria Albani

albani[at]mpipz.mpg.de

 +49 221 5062-380

Botanical Institute, Cologne Biocenter
University of Cologne c/o Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research

Carl-von-Linné-Weg 10

50829 Cologne

Heinrich Heine University
University of Cologne
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Forschungszentrum Jülich