European Plant Cytogenetics Calender 2019
Leitung: Dr. Stefan Heckmann
The research group primarily funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is interested in the process of plant meiosis that generates genetic variation through homologous recombination (project HERBY). We contribute with our research to the IPK research theme FSP3 "Mechanisms of plant reproduction" (IPK Research Themes).
Particularly in cereal crops such as barley (Hordeum vulgare) frequency and distribution of meiotic recombination events are limited and thus represent major challenges for plant breeding. By utilizing molecular genetics, proteomic and cytogenetic approaches we aim to better understand the underlying mechanisms of meiotic recombination control and to translate acquired knowledge particularly from Arabidopsis thaliana into barley (Hordeum vulgare) in order to modify and ultimately manipulate the frequency and distribution of meiotic recombination events.
We are also interested in getting a better understanding of the plant meiotic programme in general, in particular the role of meiotic axis proteins and their manifold regulations using barley and Arabidopsis. To achieve these objectives various approaches including genome editing, proteomics, flow-cytometry or various imaging approaches including high-resolution microscopy are employed.