Institute for Plant Biotechnology
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Enhancing Plant Growth

Principle Investigators: Dr Paul Hills and Prof Jens Kossmann



To understand and enhance plant growth we apply a range of chemicals that stimulate plant growth positively. We study the molecular events that are triggered by these substances by means of metabolomic, proteomic and transcriptomic analysis. Once we have identified responsive genes, we perform a functional analysis by means of reverse genetic or over-expression approaches. Model plants that are employed are Arabidopsis and Lotus, but several other crops are also studied.