Research Area 1

Optimizing Plant Performance by Mapping the Interface between Development and Metabolism

The goal of Research Area (RA) 1 is to determine how three largely disconnected fields, metabolism, life history, and development, are integrated to optimize plant performance. 

Reproductive success and plant performance depend on integrating developmental decisions with metabolism across different scales, from cells to tissues, organs, and whole plants. For example, efficient photosynthetic carbon assimilation requires distinct spatial patterns of cellular differentiation in leaves, whereas the timing of floral induction is modulated according to the carbon status. These established examples inspired RA1 to initially focus on the interface between carbon metabolism, developmental processes, and life-history traits. A major underlying approach is to exploit variation between related species that use different strategies for integrating development and metabolism, such as those with compound versus simple leaves, C3 versus C4 metabolism, or annual versus perennial life history. We will utilize these systems to determine (1) how leaf form and anatomy are functionally related to photosynthetic physiology and plant performance; (2) how plant metabolic status is integrated with developmental decision making in meristems to influence yield and fitness; and (3) how vasculature and plasmodesmata contribute to resource allocation between plant organs and tissues at different developmental stages. A central goal is to determine predictive links between developmental processes and metabolic pathways at critical stages of the plant life cycle.

Coordinators

Members

Prof. Dr. Ute Armbruster

Principal Investigator, Research Area 1, 3

Prof. Dr. Petra Bauer
CEPLAS Petra Bauer
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2
Prof. Dr. Jijie Chai
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1
Dr. Ranju Chutia

CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 1

Prof. Dr. George Coupland
CEPLAS George Coupland
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,3,4
Dr. Edgar Demesa-Arevalo
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 1
Prof. Dr. Oliver Ebenhöh
CEPLAS Oliver Ebenhöh
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,3,4
Jona Ejike

Doctoral Researcher, Research Area 1

Dr. Franziska Fichtner
Group leader, Research Area 1
Dr. Fabio Fiorani
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1
Dr. Pau Formosa-Jordan
Contributing Investigator, Research area 1, 3, 4
Prof. Dr. Wolf B. Frommer
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,3,4
Moritz Göbel

Doctoral Researcher, Research Area 1

Prof. Dr. Georg Groth
CEPLAS Georg Groth
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1
Dr. Marjorie Guichard
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 1
Dr. Shishir K Gupta
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 1,4
Dr. Thomas Hartwig
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1,3, 4
Dr. Angela Hay
CEPLAS Angela Hay
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1,3
Dr. Götz Hensel
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1, 2, 3
Prof. Dr. Tatjana Hildebrandt
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,3
Prof. Dr. Ute Höcker
CEPLAS Ute Höcker
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1
Dr. Yuuma Ishikawa
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 1
apl. Prof. Dr. Peter Jahns
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1,3
Dr. Suhyun Jin

CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 1

Dr. Poonam Kanwar

Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Area 1,2

Dr. Ji-Yun Kim
Group leader, Research Area 1
Prof. Dr. Gunnar W. Klau
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,4
Prof. Dr. Stanislav Kopriva
CEPLAS Stanislav Kopriva
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,3,4
Prof. Dr. Maria von Korff Schmising
CEPLAS Maria von Korff Schmising
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,4
Dr. José Miguel Valderrama Martín
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 1
Dr. Shizue Matsubara
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1,3
Prof. Dr. Raphaël Mercier
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1, 4
Dr. Yohanna Miotto
Yohanna Miotto
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 1
Dr. Alice Pajoro
CEPLAS External Fellow, Research Area 1
Prof. Dr. Markus Pauly
CEPLAS Markus Pauly
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,3,4
Anastasija Plett
Anstasija Plett
Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Area 1
Dr. Jesús Praena Tamayo
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 1
Dr. Parisa Rahimzadeh Karvansara

Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Area 1,3

Laura Redzich
Doctoral Researcher, Research Area 1
Dr. Daniela Ristova
Group leader, Research Area 1, 2
Dr. Kirill Schenstniy
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 1
Dr. Urte Schlüter

Group leader, Research Area 1

Prof. Dr. Korbinian Schneeberger

Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1,4

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schurr
CEPLAS Ulrich Schurr
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1,2,4
Emely Silz

Doctoral Researcher, Research Area 1

Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Simon
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,3,4
Prof. Dr. Yvonne Stahl

Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1

Prof. Dr. Markus Stetter

Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1,4

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Stich
CEPLAS Benjamin Stich
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,3,4
Dr. Jędrzej Jakub Szymański
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1, 3, 4
Meik Thiele

Doctoral Researcher, Research Area 1

Prof. Dr. Nadine Töpfer
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1, 4
Sebastian Triesch
Doctoral Researcher, Research Area 1
Prof. Dr. Miltos Tsiantis
CEPLAS Miltos Tsiantis
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,3,4
Dr. Franziska Turck
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1
Prof. Dr. Björn Usadel
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1,4
Dr. Agatha Alexandra Walla

CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 1

Prof. Dr. Andreas P.M. Weber
CEPLAS Andreas Weber
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,3,4
Dr. Genghong Wu
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 1
Dr. Michael Wudick
Group leader, Research Area 1, 2
Prof. Dr. Matias Zurbriggen
CEPLAS Matias Zurbriggen
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,3,4