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Over 25 million euros from Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations (Gates Ag One) is providing approximately 25.8 million euros (28 million US dollars) in funding for an international research project led by FAU: The non-profit organizatio...

On February 21st, 2024, we celebrated the first Doctoral student’s Day within the department of Biology. Many students and employees of the department attended this event to hear about the research conducted by senior PhD candidates from different chairs at the department.

The keynote speaker of ...

Potato is one of the most important staple food crops, consumed by millions of people worldwide. Unfortunately, potato plants display diminished yield in response to heat stress, which is especially problematic in the face of constantly increasing ambient temperatures.

We investigated whether the...

We invite to the lecture given by Prof. Dr. Korbinian Schneeberger, LMU Biocampus, Computational Genetics, Munich, Germany.

Title:  “Using computational genetics to study plant genomes”

Time:         Thursday , October 5th 2023, 2:15 PM

Location:   Lecture Hall C, Staudtstr. 5, 91058 Er...

134. VDLUFA congress in Freising: From 5th to 8th of September 2023, the Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf (HSWT) hosted the 134. congress of the Vereinigung deutscher landwirtschaftlicher Forschungs- und Untersuchungsanstalten (VDLUFA) in Freising, Germany. Alexander Kaier, PhD student in our Bio...

The future of plant breeding: PhD student participates in workshop How can we breed crops as efficient as possible to sustain food supply in the future? To investigate this research question, Alexander Kaier, PhD student in our Biocomputing Lab, participated in the annual work shop in genomic predi...

Efficient sugar utilization and transition from oxidative to substrate-level phosphorylation in high starch storage roots of African cassava genotypes Cassava's storage roots represent one of the most important sources of nutritional carbohydrates worldwide. Particularly, smallholder farmers in sub...

Viktoriya Vasina came to visit the Biochemistry Chair from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. She is a 5th year PhD candidate in the Knoblauch lab, which focuses on studying phloem transport. The topic of her research is identifying proteins that are present in sieve element organe...

On February 16th, 2023, the pupils of the 10f of the secondary school in Herzogenaurach came to our chair for an information and experimentation day. The students have chosen the science branch at their school. The exchange was initiated by a former employee, Julia Lorenz, who now teaches biology an...

We invite to the lecture by Prof. Dr. Michael Knoblauch from the School of Biological Sciences Washington State University, Pullman, USA.

  “New insights on plasmodesma structure function – complex nanostructures with fundamental impacts on plant physiology”

Time:             Tuesd...

On February 11, 2023, numerous graduates of the final year 2022, together with their families, accepted the invitation from the Department of Biology. Over 300 guests attended the event and the presentation of the certificates in lecture hall H11 on Cauerstrasse. The band "Saxophone Connection" unde...

This beautiful photo was submitted by Julia Eydam to the "Blattgeflüster" Photo Contest. Julia does research at the Chair of Biochemistry at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen. Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Uwe Sonnewald works here with various crops such as cassava, sugar beet and po...

Markus Ingold, a master student from the Biocomputing Lab, recently returned from a three-month research internship at the North Dakota State University (NDSU).

In the group of Dr. Brent Hulke (Sunflower Biology, US Department of Agriculture), he performed genome-wide association studies (GWAS) o...

The image of flowers of Solanum pinnatisectum, a wild potato species native to central Mexico, infected with GFP expressing Potato virus X(PVX) has been selected for the 2023 cover of the Journal of Plant Physiology.

Tagging the PVX with a Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) allows monitoring of the ...

... to the lecture by Jessica van Harsselaar.

As part of her doctoral procedure, Ms. Jessica van Harsselaar gives a half-hour scientific lecture on the subject: "Phenotypic and gene expression analysis of potato (Solanum tuberosum) subjected to intermittent abiotic stress" Time: Friday, January...

The year 2022 celebrates a historical discovery in the field of genetics because it marks the 200th birthday of the “father of modern genetics”, Gregor Mendel. Even though Mendel is famous for its experiments on pea plants his discovery of segregation resulting in the infamous “Mendel’s Laws” was an...

After a three-year break due to the Covid pandemic, the “XVII International Conference on the Plant Family of Solanaceae” took place from 1st till 5th of November in Thessaloniki, Greece. Many important crops belong to this so-called nightshade family such as tomato, potato, tobacco, pepper and eggp...

Prof. Dr. Maryam Nasr Esfahani

Prof. Dr. Maryam Nasr Esfahani (Lorestan University, Khorramabad, Iran) is at the Chair of Biochemistry with the Humboldt Research Fellowship program for experienced researchers. Mrs. Prof. Dr. Maryam Nasr Esfahani studied plant sciences at the Universities of Goles...

After a one-year delay due to the pandemic, the International Conference of the German Society for Plant Sciences was able to take place in Bonn in August of this year. Here, all the latest findings from plant science are presented, which were under the motto "Plant science for a sustainable future"...

After pandemic years were no annual works outing was possible we gathered in the green hills near Ebermannstadt for a hiking tour which lead us on a 6 mile long Planet trail. We enjoyed a great barbecue event at the Sonnewald home in the evening.

The Cassava Source-Sink consortium was able to hold its first in persona meeting in Bonn Bad-Godesberg since the start of the pandemic. International experts in plant biotechnology, plant metabolism, plant development and phenotyping gathered near the beautiful Rhine River to exchange new results fr...

In 1866, Gregor Mendel identified, when performing his famous experiments with peas, that some traits always show correlations with other traits e.g. plants with colored seed coats always exhibited colored flowers and leaf axils. This observation led to the discovery of a phenomenon known as pleiotr...

Under natural conditions, photosynthesis has to be adapted to fluctuating light intensities. Leaves exposed to strong light shed excess light energy in the form of heat at Photosystem II (PSII) through a process called non-photochemical quenching (NPQ). During the rapid transition from light to shad...

The countdown is on, only two weeks left until the sixth international Plant Vascular Biology Conference in Berlin. The conference with about 150 participants is organized by the Biochemistry Chair together with the Universities of Würzburg and Hamburg and the MPI_MPP in Golm.

A  great program an...

Luisa Becker, a master student from the Biocomputing lab, is at the Colorado University (CU) in Boulder, CO, USA for a three-month research internship right now. In Boulder, Luisa is working in Prof. Dr. Nolan Kane’s lab (Department for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), and she tries to better unde...