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Research Group Schaaf

Ökophysiologie der Pflanzenernährung

Our lab uses biochemistry, genetics, chemical-, molecular-, and synthetic biology as well as structural approaches to investigate the molecular mechanisms by which plants perceive different abiotic and biotic signals and integrate diverse external stimuli into meaningful responses. We are especially interested in the roles of membrane lipids, in particular phosphoinositides and phosphoinositide-derived soluble inositol phosphates in membrane morphogenesis, developmental programs, hormone perception, nutrient homeostasis, and the generation of stress responses. Our goal is that our discoveries in Arabidopsis and baker’s yeast will help to clarify signaling roles of inositol-derived molecules and have translational value for crop breeding and biotechnology.

The following projects are ongoing: