Prof. Dr. Ulf-Ingo Flügge

Research focus

Within research area D, we will identify and analyze plant metabolites which are decisive for the communication of plants with root endophytes triggering specific plant metabolite profiles. Selected ecotypes/mutants will be grown on different (defined) soils and analyzed for the presence/absence of bioactive molecules. Specific attention will be given to the role of glucosinolates which are sulphur- and nitrogen containing secondary metabolites. One aim is to identify metabolic regulons which determine the diversity of phytochemicals in plant-endophyte interactions.

The ten most important publications

  1. Jung B, Ludewig F, Schulz A, Meißner G, Wöstefeld N, Flügge UI, Pommerrenig B, Wirsching P, Sauer N, Koch W, Sommer F, Mühlhaus T, Schroda M, Cuin TA, Graus D, Marten I, Hedrich R, Neuhaus HE (2015) Identification of the transporter responsible for sucrose accumulation in sugar beet taproots. Nature Plants 1: 1-6
  2. Häusler RE, Heinrich L, Schmitz J, Flügge UI (2014) How sugars might coordinate chloroplast and nuclear gene expression during acclimation to high light intensities. Mol Plant 7: 1121-1137
  3. von Berlepsch S, Kunz HH, Brodesser S, Fink P, Marin K, Flügge UI, Gierth M (2012) The acyl-acyl carrier protein synthetase from Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 mediates fatty acid import. Plant Physiol 159: 606-617
  4. Jonik C, Sonnewald U, Hajirezaei MR, Flügge UI, Ludewig F (2012) Simultaneous boosting of source and sink capacities doubles tuber starch yield of potato plants. Plant Biotech J 10: 1088-1098
  5. Gigolashvili T, Geier M, Ashykhmina N, Frerigmann H, Wulfert S, Mugford SG, Kopriva S, Haferkamp I, Flügge UI (2012) Much more than a thylakoid ADP/ATP carrier – enlightening a role of TAAC in plastidic phosphoadenosine 5´-phosphosulfate (PAPS) supply to the cytosol. Plant Cell 24: 4187-4204
  6. Maier A, Fahnenstich H, von Caemmerer S, Engqvist MKM, Weber APM, Flügge UI, Maurino VG (2012) Transgenic introduction of a glycolate oxidative cycle into A. thaliana chloroplasts leads to growth improvement. Front Plant Sci 3: 38.
  7. Kunz HH, Scharnewski M, Feussner K, Feussner I, Flügge UI, Fulda M, Gierth M (2009) The ABC transporter PXA1 is vitally important for carbon and energy metabolism in mature leaves of Arabidopsis during extended darkness. Plant Cell 21: 2733-2749
  8. Schwacke R, Schneider A, van der Graaff E, Fischer K, Catoni E, Desimone M, Frommer WB, Flügge UI, Kunze R (2003) ARAMEMNON: a novel database for Arabidopsis thaliana integral membrane proteins. Plant Physiol 131: 16-26
  9. Kammerer B, Fischer K, Hilpert B, Schubert S, Gutensohn M, Weber A, Flügge UI (1998) Molecular characterization of a carbon transporter in plastids from heterotrophic tissues: the glucose 6-phosphate/phosphate antiporter. Plant Cell 10: 105-117
  10. Loddenkötter B, Kammerer B, Fischer K, Flügge UI (1993) Expression of the functional mature chloroplast triose phosphate translocator in yeast internal membranes and purification of the histidine-tagged protein by a single metal-affinity chromatography step. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 90: 2155-2159
Prof. Dr. Ulf-Ingo Flügge
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Botanical Institute, Cologne Biocenter
University of Cologne

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