Collaborators

Europe

Prof. Margarida is particularly interested in the study of the molecular mechanisms that regulate plant development and adaptation to the environment, and in the improvement of plants with national interest.
Prof. Bernd's research group are using a wide spectrum of molecular and genomics technologies to unravel key GRNs in plants. The group focus is on TFs that control leaf growth, aging and senescence, the response to H2O2 (an important stress and signalling molecule) and the response to abiotic stress.
Prof. Forde's research group is interested in the molecular processes that underlie patterns of (foraging) behaviour in plant roots. The efficiency with which roots explore the soil is greatly enhanced by their ability to preferentially colonise nutrient-rich soil patches. Using Arabidopsis as a model, we previously identified a MADS-box gene (ANR1) which is a key component of a signalling pathway that enables root growth to respond positively to the external presence of nitrate.
 
The Global Rice Science Partnership (GRiSP) provides a single strategic plan and unique new partnership platform for impact-oriented rice research for development. It is designed to more effectively solve development challenges.
Prof. Claudia Jonak's research group is interested in the mechanisms of signal transduction and physiological adaptations in unfavorable environments. Her group takes an integrative approach to better understand fundamental molecular processes at the interface between signal transduction and coordinated responses of cellular metabolism and gene expression in stress situations.
Dr. Guiderdoni's research activities focus on the model cereal: rice. Our main goal is manipulating somatic and meiotic recombination for homologous recombination-mediated precise genome engineering and editing and increasing or modifying the distribution of crossing overs. Our second goal is deciphering the genetic and molecular control of root system architecture and anatomy for enhancing resource capture while avoiding mineral toxicities.
Prof. Enrico Martinoia research activities focus on the: ABC transporters in guard cell regulation, heavy metal transport, regulation of auxin transport catalysts, the role of ABC transporters in mycorrhization, vacuolar transporters and the role of carbon metabolism in drought stress tolerance.
 

Prof. Gary Loake research interests are the mechanisms and processes of plant disease resistance. The group's goal is to make fundamental discoveries about plants and their interactions with microbial pathogens.

Recently Dr. Joanne Russell's research group has begun to explore diversity in barley at the gene level by exploiting genomics and informatics technologies via EU and Generation Challenge Program funding, collaborating with European and North American groups and colleagues at the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).
Dr. Klaus Pillen's research group has a strong focus on identification and utilization of genes regulating quantitative traits (QTLs) in barley and wheat. For this reason, we study the genetic diversity present in wild barley and wild wheat species by means of advanced backcross (AB) QTL analyses. So far, we have identified numerous QTLs for the trait complexes yield, pathogen resistance, abiotic stress tolerance and grain quality. Quite often, the exotic QTL allele is associated with the improvement of the trait under.
Dr. Nils Stein is co-group leader of the research group Genome Diversity at IPK. He is managing the activities in the field of barley genomics. His field of expertise is in structural Triticeae genomics, map-based cloning and central genomics resources development (EST sequencing, high density transcript mapping, and development of a TILLING population). 
Prof. Waugh research focuses on developing and applying the resources necessary to enable genetic analysis to single gene resolution in cultivated barley.

Dr. Salma Balazadeh and her group investigate transcription factors (TFs) which together with their downstream target genes constitute gene regulatory networks (GRNs) that control a vast spectrum of biological processes and often include intricate feedback and feed-forward control loops that link their activity to developmental and physiological processes. Identifying GRNs and analysing their dynamic integration into cellular activities is thus of great interest in biology.