Plant Science Colloquium

Plant science colloquium with Dr. Caroline Marcon on "BonnMu – a resource of transposon-induced maize mutations for functional genetics studies" via Zoom on Friday, April 1 at 12 c.t.

PhenoRob Seminar Series

Dr. Peng Yu will give a talk within the PhenoRob Seminar Series next Friday at 10 AM on "Genetic basis of root-microbiome association in maize".

Rare barley mutation with potential

The importance of the root system for agricultural yields is often underestimated. Whether roots can access water and nutrients effectively also determines the resilience of important crops to drought and climate change. Researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Bologna (Italy) have discovered and described a mutant in barley: Its roots grow downwards much more sharply than usual. This discovery potentially provides a starting point for breeding more drought-resistant varieties. The study has now been published in PNAS.

CiBreed Seminar Series

Caroline Marcon will give a talk about her BonnMu project as part of the CiBreed Seminar Series on Friday, June 18 at 10:15 am.

Bacteria help plants grow better

A current study by scientists of the University of Bonn and Southwest University in China sheds light on an unusual interdependence: Maize can attract special soil bacteria that, in turn, help the plants to grow better. In the long term, the results could be used to breed new varieties that use less fertilizer and therefore have less impact on the environment. The study is published in the prestigious journal Nature Plants.


In a joint effort with the plant nutrition group of Xinping Chen from the College of Resources and Environmental Sciences of Southwest University in China and scientists from 16 universities and institutes, our recent work is now online in Nature Plants.

Gene im Dornröschenschlaf

Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler der Universität Bonn provozieren natürliche Erbgutveränderungen in Maispflanzen: Mit einem Enzym aktivieren sie „springende Gene“, die die Sequenz der Keimlinge verändern. Inzwischen haben sie eine riesige Datenbank mit möglichen Mutationen aufgebaut. Sie kann dazu beitragen, die Funktionen der Maisgene aufzuklären und damit eine Grundlage für künftige Züchtungen der wichtigen Kulturpflanze zu legen.

BonnMu collection is still expanding

The latest BonnMu release (as of 08-17-2020) adds > 5,000 genes tagged by Mu transposons. Our BonnMu collection is still expanding to archive genes tagged by germinal Mu insertions.

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