Crop Functional Genomics

The division of Crop Functional Genomics is part of the Institute of Plant Sciences and Resource Conservation (INRES).

Our research focus is the genetic and genomic dissection of maize and barley root development. To this end, we clone and characterize genes controlling root architecture and we investigate the molecular mechanisms of heterosis manifestation. Moreover, we are interested in how root systems react to abiotic stress such as drought or cold and how they interact with the rhizosphere.

Science prize for Dr. Caroline Marcon

Dr. Caroline Marcon has been awarded the Theodor Brinkmann Science Prize by the Faculty of Agriculture at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. During the Faculty Council meeting in April 2024, Dean Prof. Dr. Heiko Schoof recognized her exceptional habilitation thesis titled “Functional genomics of maize (Zea mays L.) seedling roots.”

Roots are a key to drought-tolerant maize

Maize can grow successfully in very different local conditions. An international study headed by the University of Bonn has now demonstrated the important role of the plant root system. The researchers analyzed more than 9,000 varieties in the study and were able to show that their roots varied considerably – depending on how dry the location is where each variety was cultivated. They were also able to identify an important gene that plays a role in the plant’s ability to adapt. This gene could be the key to developing varieties of maize that cope better with climate change. The results were recently published in the prestigious journal Nature Genetics.

Congratulations to Alina Klaus for successfully passing her final PhD exam

Alina worked on the molecular dissection of drought and salt response in barley.

Our 2024 maize seeds are in the ground!

Thanks to the good weather, we were able to plant our maize field at the University of Bonn's experimental station on May 2, 2024.

Contact

Head

Prof. Dr. Frank Hochholdinger

Contact

Tel.: +49 228 73-60334
Fax: +49 228 73-60333

hochholdinger@uni-bonn.de

Address

Room III.47

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 144
D-53113 Bonn

Office

Christine Jessen and Ellen Kreitz

Contact

Tel.: +49 228 73-60331
Fax: +49 228 73-60333

sekretariat-cfg@uni-bonn.de

Address

Room III.45

Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 144
D-53113 Bonn

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