Division of Plant Genetics and Cell Biology

Division of Plant Genetics and Cell Biology

Life of all organisms is permanently challenged by far-reaching consequences of environmental conditions, ranging from minor variations in microenvironments to drastic stress conditions such as temperature extremes, radiation, drought, etc. Plants –the most important resource for the survival of life on earth– are especially required to withstand these external conditions due to their sessile life-style. As a consequence, plants have evolved mechanisms, allowing them to deal with environmental challenges, also reflected in an amazing plasticity of growth patterns and shapes.

Research groups in the Division of Plant Genetics and Cell Biology study growth and development processes in plants with the aim of understanding this major group of organisms, as well as using plants as a versatile model for studying general biological processes relevant to all forms of life. We employ a diverse range of experimental tools, including genetic, biochemical and cell biological techniques, aimed at the characterization of mechanisms by which higher plants grow and develop, as well as how they interact with their environment. With this type of research the division provides essential contributions to fundamental aspects of plant sciences, which, in the long run, should be beneficial for a sustainable improvement of crop quality and performance.

Research Groups of the Division

Plant membrane protein biochemistry   
Leader: Dr. Melinda (Lindy) Abas 

Plant Developmental Genetics   
Leader: Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Marie-Theres Hauser

Plant Architecture   
Leader: Assoc.Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kleine-Vehn

Membrane Protein Transport in Plants   
Leader: Dr. Barbara Korbei

Leader: Assoc. Prof. Mag. Dr. Christian Luschnig

Project teams of the Division

O-GlcNAc modification of plant proteins
Leader: Dr. Doris Lucyshyn