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"Green Modernism. The New View of Plants"

(25.10.2022)  The fact that plants have always fascinated not only botanists is demonstrated at the present exhibition "Green Modernism. The New View of Plants" at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. As part of an exhibition collaboration with CEPLAS, our research associate Agatha Walla made herself available to all interested museum visitors for questions and discussions on 23.10.2022. The sustainable exhibition will take place until 22.01.2023 and shows the role of plants in art and botany.

Internship at the Institute of Plant Genetics

(20.10.2022)  From October 01 until November 29, 2022, Aziza Zerrouk, PhD student at the Aula Dei Experimental Station (EEAD - CSIC), Zaragoza, Spain, will do an internship at the Institute of Plant Genetics. This exchange can take place as part of the I-LINK+ project. Aziza works at EEAD - CSIC Zaragoza at the Institute of Genetics and Plant Production under the direction of Ernesto Igartua and Ana Casas. She has a Master in Plant Breeding and is an Agricultural Engineer. Her current research project focuses on the exploration of adaptation mechanisms in Barley grown under Mediterranean climates in the relation to timing and efficiency of flowering. We welcome Aziza and wish her every success in her internship!

Poster Award on the GPZ Main Conference

(19.10.2022) On the occasion of this year’s GPZ Main Conference at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, the Gregor Mendel Foundation awarded a special Gregor Mendel prize for successful scientific poster presentations on the evening of September 13, 2022. Out of more than 85 scientific posters, Ilyse Putz, PhD student at the Plantgen Institute was awarded the first place prize. We congratulate Ilyse on this success.

GPZ Main Conference 2022

German Plant Breeding Conference: “Breeding plants for tomorrow´s world – challenges and solutions” was held from 12.09. to 14.09.2022 at the Heinrich

The GPZ main main bi-annual conference “Breeding plants for tomorrow’s world – challenges and solutions” was organized by the Institute of Plant Genetics at the Heinrich Heine University together with the Julius Kühn Institute, Quedlinburg.  More than 200 participants presented and discussed novel ideas, approaches and results for breeding sustainable and climate-proof crops. The scientific program was structured into three main topics, “Transfer of new traits into crops, “New crops-new breeding goals (orphan crops), “New approaches to access complex genomes of crops and crop wild relatives”. The titles and speakers of the 33 presentations are available here.

This conference highlighted the great potential of novel sequencing and genome engineering technologies for accessing natural genetic diversity and for improving crops, orphan crops and for de novo domestication of wild species. The meeting also showcased how scientific progress can benefit farmers and can promote the sustainable production of a range of different products. After a long time of online meetings, this conference provided a platform for personal interactions between scientists and plant breeders and a chance for early career scientists to present their work to a broad and interested audience.

You will find the GPZ e. V. homepage here.

Soapbox Science Bonn

(16.08.2022)  On 08.06.2022 PhD student Kumsal Ecem Colpan took part in a Soapbox Science event in the city center of Bonn. Kumsal explained to interested passers-by the impact global warming has on our beer. This event was co-organized by CEPLAS. The presentation of this CEPLAS event can be found here.

Plants of the future

(02.08.2022)  On 02.08.2022, the Rheinische Post published an article about student projects in the botanical garden of the Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf. Projects of the Institut of Plant Genetics are also realized here. You will find the full article here.

Poster Award on IBGS Riga

(01.08.2022)  On July 8th, 2022, PhD student Kumsal Ecem Colpan received a Poster Award. She was awarded in the category "Best presentation in the Flash & Dash session" at the International Barley Genetics Symposium that took place in Riga from 03.07.2022 - 08.07.2022. Congratulations to Kumsal for this success!


New student helper

(01.08.2022) Starting from 1st August, 2022, we welcome Ebrahem Ghmired as a student helper at the Institute of Plant Genetics. Ebrahem comes from Syria and is in his 5th semester, studying biology at HHU. He supports the doctoral students in their projects with plant care and data collection.


New special research funding

(20.06.2022)  With the approved DFG top research funding, the HHU receives a new collaborative research center in plant research, the SFB/TRR 341 "Plant Ecological Genetics".

New student helpers

(07.04.2022) Starting from 15th April, 2022, we welcome Eric Wachtel as resarch assistant at the Institute for Plant Genetics. Eric comes from Germany, studied biochemistry at the HHU and has experience with protein analysis and bioassay development, as well as their implementation in high-throughout screenings. He supports the doctoral students in their projects with plant care and data collection.




Also starting from April 15h, 2022, we welcome Marlene Groth as student helper. Marlene is from Germany and has been studying biology since 2020. During her studies she developed a special interest in plant research. She pays particular attention to the genetic and developmental process that affects the stress tolerance of crops.

New DFG-funded project

(01.03.2022)  On March 1st, 2022, the DFG-funded research project "Stem cell systems in cereals" (CSCS) will start. In this research project, Thirulogachandar Venkatasubbu is responsible as postdoc for the analysis of gene networks controlling barley meristems. He also organizes and directs the generation of transgenic barley plants.

Head of Institute

Prof. Dr. Maria von Korff Schmising
Building: 22.07
Floor/Room: 01.044
40225 Düsseldorf
+49 211 81-13350


Bettina Biermann
Building: 22.07
Floor/Room: 01.043
+49 211 81-13351
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