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Our research aims a better understanding of the relationships between assimilate supply, metabolism and seed architecture, thereby uncovering mechanisms for improved traits in major crop plants.

We investigate growth processes in seeds and specific physiological features (e.g. assimilate translocation, distribution of metabolites and storage products, pattern formation). The plant seed is regarded as living multi-organ system. Its functionality relies on interactive processes among tissues/sub-organs. While current omics-approaches try to dissect the living plant into its (thousands of) components, our attempt is to characterise their in vivo interplay.

We develop topographical, in vivo approaches to identify key factors determining the flow and partitioning of assimilates into starch, lipids and storage proteins in the developing seed. Preferred plant models are cereals (wheat, barley) and oil crops (oilseed rape).

Our approaches crucially rely on novel, non-destructive and imaging procedures, based on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infrared spectroscopy and optical sensors. Additionally, we make use of classical biochemical tools like mass spectrometry and molecular biological tools.

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We apply nuclear magnetic resonance imaging and high-resolution analytic technologies to study seed performance in vivo. The allocation of assimilates and metabolic regulation of growth and storage processes is our current focus. Preferred plant models are crops like barley, wheat, maize and oilseed rapeseed. In order to improve versatility of our integrative approach, we also working on Arabidopsis and other plants in the frame of collaboration projects with other universities.  

Mechanisms underlying the delivery of assimilates to the developing seed are of highest relevance in crop research. The transport route of assimilates is hidden from human eyes and is challenging for investigation. We established non-invasive imaging technology based on nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), allowing to visualize sucrose allocation along the path from source to sink and especially within the living seed itself.

Non-invasive imaging/monitoring provides information on tissues involved in transport processes, dynamic and spatiotemporal pattern of assimilate import, helping to link developmental and molecular events during seed growth. We apply an integrative approach which includes mass spectrometric biochemical analyses, metabolic modelling, chemical imaging based on infrared spectroscopy and optical microscopy. Such combination represents a powerful platform for the comprehensive study of seed filling in crops (Melkus et al., Plant Biotechnology Journal 2011; Rolletschek et al., Plant Cell 2011; Borisjuk et al., Plant Journal 2012; Rolletschek et al., Plant Physiology 2015, Munz et al., New Phytologist 2017; Radchuk et al., JExpBot 2017).

In current DFG projects, we investigate the functional role of sugar transporters (SUT-, SWEET-families) for seed development and filling.

The hypoxic state comes about whenever the capacity for oxygen diffusion is restricted, so that the concentration of oxygen available falls below the level required for cellular metabolism. These conditions apply frequently to the developing seed (for review see Rolletschek H. (2012). “Hypoxia – a phenomenon which shapes seed metabolism”. Habilitation at the Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Leibniz Universität Hannover/Germany). Seed hypoxia is not only because of high respiratory activities but mainly due to the low void space/porosity of seed tissues, and thus limited diffusive oxygen uptake (Verboeven et al., New Phytologist 2013).

In current work, funded by DFG, we are investigating the implications of internal hypoxia for assimilate uptake and partitioning in the developing maize kernel. In particular we work on the functional role of specific metabolic enzymes (PPDK; Lappe et al., PNAS 2018), the metabolic heterogeneity of endosperm (Rolletschek et al., 2017 In: Maize Kernel Development), phytoglobins and signalling components using a number of transgenic and mutant plants.


Our idea is that in vivo metabolic fluxes are locally regulated and connected to seed architecture. In cereal grains, the isolation of the filial from the maternal tissues creates a complex metabolic system, involving a tripartite interaction between the pericarp, endosperm, and embryo. These three grain components in effect form an interactive system of autonomous organs, each following their own genetic programs. To specify whole-grain metabolism at the level of its component tissue parts, we are applying spatially resolved molecular, biochemical and physiological analysis of metabolic activities as well as metabolic modelling approaches.

Recent findings quantified the in vivo metabolic contributions of distinct seed organs and suggest the presence of a mechanism(s) able to ensure metabolic homeostasis in the face of short-term environmental fluctuation (Rolletschek et al., Plant Physiology 2015).

In oilseed rapeseed (Brassica napus), noninvasive NMR-based imaging has previously demonstrated the establishment of steep gradients in lipid accumulation (Borisjuk et al., Progress Lipid Research 2013). We have been investigating how metabolism in the distinct seed organs of B. napus (seed coat, endosperm, inner and outer cotyledons, radicle) is adjusted to local conditions inside the seed (Borisjuk et al, Plant Cell 2013, Lorenz et al., J Proteomics 2014, Schwender et al., Plant Physiology 2015). In current research, we focus on the characterization of the transient endosperm compartment, and investigate how it contributes to growth control of embryo.

Seeds determine the reproductive capacity of plants and are vital to their existence. To ensure seed survival and germination, the embryo enters the maturation phase in late development, which encompasses the accumulation of reserve compounds and the acquisition of desiccation tolerance. Trehalose 6‐phosphate (T6P), which functions as a signal for sugar availability in plants, is believed to regulate storage processes in seeds, since disruption of T6P synthesis in Arabidopsis thaliana causes embryo abortion at the onset of seed filling phase. To investigate the role of T6P during seed development, we modulated the T6P content in pea embryos by ectopic expression of T6P synthase (OtsA) or T6P phosphatase (OtsB) genes from E. coli. We already showed that T6P promotes cotyledon growth and starch accumulation in maturing seeds, and that this requires transcriptional induction of auxin biosynthesis. Our data indicate that T6P integrates auxin signalling with sugar availability to facilitate seed filling (Dissertation T. Meitzel 2018; McAdam et al., New Phytologist 2017). Yet, many aspects of this process are still not understood. To fill these gaps, we plan to characterize the phenotypic and metabolic changes in our transgenic plant models via NMR imaging, metabolite profiling and metabolic flux analysis. Furthermore, special emphasis will be put on the role of T6P during seed germination and lipid reserve accumulation in the oil crop Brassica napus.


We elucidated that programmed cell death (PCD) in maternal seed parts is required for endosperm development and seed filling, thus contributing to the control of seed size in cereal grains. The distributions of TUNEL-positive nuclei, expression of PCD-related genes and cascades of caspase-like activities have revealed that each seed tissue follows an individual PCD pattern. Earlier we found that Triticeae-specific Jekyll gene, exclusively expressed in the nucellar projection, is involved in terminal differentiation of the nucellar tissues switching their cell fate to death (Radchuk et al., Plant Cell 2006). Further, we have established that tissue-specific genes encoding vacuolar processing enzyme (VPE) are required for PCD in distinct grain tissues. Using transcriptional and metabolic profiling, flow cytometry, 13C-feeding experiments, histology and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging of grains we demonstrated that PCD in pericarp is required to provide space for the expanding endosperm and embryo (Radchuk et al., New Phytology 2018). PCD in the nucellar projection contributes to nutrient flow towards endosperm and is controlled by expanded VPE2 subfamily in barley (Mascher et al., Nature 2017) and other Triticeae, compared to other Poaceae species. In current research, we elucidate the functional role of specific gene family members of VPE.


Our studies promote NMR‐imaging as a versatile analytic tool for developmental biology, potent for in vivo study of the inner life of plants (Borisjuk Habilitation Thesis “The inner life of seed: from seeing to understanding”, Leibniz Universität Hannover/Germany 2017).

A major thrust of developmental biology is to understand how molecular and cellular processes produce 3D morphology. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has a great virtue in being non‐invasive and therefore has the potential to monitor physiological processes in vivo. In our hands, MRI is capable to capture the previously hidden growth/storage without seed destruction and thus allows us to monitor living seed (Borisjuk et al., Plant J. 2012). We prime MRI for non-invasive visualization and survey of flower/seed interior and apply high resolution chemical (FT IR) imaging to characterize structure and composition of tissues with close to cellular resolution (Gündel et al., Plant Physiology 2018).

The introduction of functional imaging on living seed enables us to display seed growth and to uncover intimate events of the awakening of life during germination (Munz et al., New Phytologist 2017). A holistic in vivo approach was designed to display the link between the entry and allocation of water, metabolic events and structural changes occurring during germination. We uncovered an endospermal lipid gap, which channels water to the radicle tip, from whence it is distributed via embryonic vasculature toward cotyledon tissues. The resumption of respiration, sugar metabolism and lipid utilization are linked to the spatiotemporal sequence of tissue rehydration.


Es ist nahezu unbekannt, ob und wie morphologische Änderungen des Embryos während der Entwicklung den embryonalen Stoffwechsel beeinflussen. So könnte die Krümmung der Embryoachse bzw. der sich entwickelnden Keimblätter die lokalen Wachstumsbedingungen ändern. Es ist unklar, wie der Prozess der embryonalen Formbildung wahrgenommen und in entsprechende metabolische Signale übersetzt wird. Die hierbei beteiligten Prozesse – bezeichnet als mechanosensing und proprioception – werden in laufenden DFG-Projekten am Rapsmodell untersucht. Insbesondere suchen wir nach Mechanismen, wie der wachsende Embryo seine Form und Größe an den verfügbaren Raum (begrenzt durch die Samenschale) anpasst, und wie sich dies in seinem Stoffwechsel reflektiert.

Weitere Modelle, in denen wir Entwicklungsprozesse beschreiben, sind Gerste, Mais, Erbse, und Arabidopsis (Kovalchuk et al., New Phytologist 2016; Radchuk et al., 2018; Lappe et al., PNAS 2018). Darüber hinaus werden o.g. Forschungsansätze und Methoden im Rahmen von Kooperationen mit Züchtern eingesetzt (Raps, Weizen).

The development of novel bioanalytical methods is an essential part of our work in the various projects funded by DFG and BMBF. In particular, we work on: (1) improvement of imaging tools for plants using NMR/MRI, (2) biochemical methods for micro sampling using novel Orbitrap technology (LC/MS), (3) FTIR-microscopy for the analysis of spatial gradients in sugars, hormones and more, (4) methods for the high throughput screening of seeds using NIRS, TD-NMR and robotized sample delivery systems.

Examples of important method developments are given by Melkus et al., (Plant Biotech J 2011), Fuchs et al. (Plant Physiology 2013), Borisjuk et al. (Plant Cell 2013), Rolletschek et al. (Plant Biotech J 2015), Munz et al. (New Phytologist 2017), and Gündel et al. (Plant Physiology 2018).

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BorisjukPD Dr. Ljudmilla borisjuk@ipk-gatersleben.de+49 39482 5-687
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HiloDr. Alexander hilo@ipk-gatersleben.de+49 39482 5-862
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Langer Matthias langer@ipk-gatersleben.de+49 39482 5-756
Mayer Simon mayer@ipk-gatersleben.de+49 39482 5-392
MeitzelDr. Tobias meitzel@ipk-gatersleben.de+49 39482 5-863
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RadchukDr. Volodymyr radchukv@ipk-gatersleben.de+49 39482 5-536
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RolletschekDr. Hardy rollet@ipk-gatersleben.de+49 39482 5-686
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Lab Technicians
Demirhan Deniz demirhan@ipk-gatersleben.de+49 39482 5-506
Guendel Andre guendel@ipk-gatersleben.de+49 39482 5-575
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Harms Heike harms@ipk-gatersleben.de+49 39482 5-398
Kalms Laura kalms@ipk-gatersleben.de+49 39482 5-197
Keil Peter keil@ipk-gatersleben.de+49 39482 5-181
Ortleb Stefan ortleb@ipk-gatersleben.de+49 39482 5-457
Vogelgsang Natalie vogelgsang@ipk-gatersleben.de
Wagner Steffen wagner@ipk-gatersleben.de+49 39482 5-392
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Acosta K, Appenroth K J, Borisjuk L, Edelman M, Heinig U, Jansen M A K, Oyama T, Pasaribu B, Schubert I, Sorrels S, Sree K S, Xu S, Michael T P, Lam E:

Return of the Lemnaceae: Duckweed as a model plant system in the genomics and post-genomics era. Plant Cell 33 (2021) 3207-3234. https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/plcell/koab189

Fiebelkow J, Guendel A, Guendel B, Mehwald N, Jetka T, Komorowski M, Waldherr S, Schaper F, Dittrich A:

The tyrosine phosphatase SHP2 increases robustness and information transfer within IL-6-induced JAK/STAT signalling. Cell Commun. Signal. 19 (2021) 94. https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12964-021-00770-7

Gomez-Sanchez A, Santamaria M E, Gonzalez-Melendi P, Muszynska A, Matthess C, Martinez M, Diaz I:

Repression of barley cathepsins, HvPap-19 and HvPap-1, differentially alters grain composition and delays germination. J. Exp. Bot. 72 (2021) 3474-3485. https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jxb/erab007

Meitzel T, Radchuk R, McAdam E L, Thormählen I, Feil R, Munz E, Hilo A, Geigenberger P, Ross J J, Lunn J E, Borisjuk L:

Trehalose 6-phosphate promotes seed filling by activating auxin biosynthesis. New Phytol. 229 (2021) 1553-1565. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.16956

Michael T P, Ernst E, Hartwick N, Chu P, Bryant D, Gilbert S, Ortleb S, Baggs E L, Sree K S, Appenroth K J, Fuchs J, Jupe F, Sandoval J P, Krasileva K V, Borisjuk L, Mockler T C, Ecker J, Martienssen R A, Lam E:

Genome and time-of-day transcriptome of Wolffia australiana link morphological minimization with gene loss and less growth control. Genome Res. 31 (2021) 225-238. https://dx.doi.org/10.1101/gr.266429.120

Muszynska A, Guendel A, Melzer M, Tandron Moya Y, Röder M, Rolletschek H, Rutten T, Munz E, Melz G, Ortleb S, Borisjuk L, Börner A:

A mechanistic view on lodging resistance in rye and wheat: a multiscale comparative study. Plant Biotechnol. J. (2021) Epub ahead of print. dx.doi.org/10.1111/pbi.13689

Radchuk V, Tran V, Hilo A, Muszynska A, Gündel A, Wagner S, Fuchs J, Hensel G, Ortleb S, Munz E, Rolletschek H, Borisjuk L:

Grain filling in barley relies on developmentally controlled programmed cell death. Commun. Biol. 4 (2021) 428. https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s42003-021-01953-1

Rolletschek H:

Hardy Rolletschek. New Phytol. 232 (2021) 476-478. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.17567

Rolletschek H, Mayer S, Boughton B, Wagner S, Ortleb S, Kiel C, Roessner U, Borisjuk L:

The metabolic environment of the developing embryo: A multidisciplinary approach on oilseed rapeseed. J. Plant Physiol. 265 (2021) 153505. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jplph.2021.153505

Rolletschek H, Muszynska A, Borisjuk L:

The process of seed maturation is influenced by mechanical constraints. New Phytol. 229 (2021) 19-23. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.16815


Borisjuk L, Rolletschek H, Radchuk V:

Advances in understanding of barley plant physiology: factors determining grain development and composition/chemistry. In: Fox G, Li C (Eds.): Achieving sustainable cultivation of barley. (Burleigh Dodds Series in Agricultural Science, Vol. 74) Cambridge, UK: Burleigh Dodds (2020) 53-96. dx.doi.org/10.19103/AS.2019.0060.03 ISBN 978-1-78676-308-2

Impe D, Reitz J, Köpnick C, Rolletschek H, Börner A, Senula A, Nagel M:

Assessment of pollen viability for wheat. Front. Plant Sci. 10 (2020) 1588. https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2019.01588

Isayenkov S, Hilo A, Rizzo P, Tandron Moya Y A, Rolletschek H, Borisjuk L, Radchuk V:

Adaptation strategies of halophytic barley Hordeum marinum spp marinum to high salinity and osmotic stress. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 21 (2020) 9019. https://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijms21239019

Le H, Nguyen N H, Ta D T, Le T N T, Bui T P, Le N T, Nguyen C X, Rolletschek H, Stacey G, Stacey M G, Pham N B, Do P T, Chu H H:

CRISPR/Cas9-mediated knockout of galactinol synthase-encoding genes reduces raffinose family oligosaccharide levels in soybean seeds. Front. Plant Sci. 11 (2020) 612942. https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2020.612942

Rolletschek H, Schwender J, König C, Chapman K D, Romsdahl T, Lorenz C, Braun H P, Denolf P, van Audenhove K, Munz E, Heinzel N, Ortleb S, Rutten T, McCorkle S, Borysyuk T, Gündel A, Shi H, Vander Auwermeulen M, Bourot S, Borisjuk L:

Cellular plasticity in response to suppression of storage proteins in the Brassica napus embryo. Plant Cell 32 (2020) 2383-2401. https://dx.doi.org/10.1105/tpc.19.00879

Stickel F:

Phänotypische, biochemische und molekulare Untersuchungen von Hordeum vulgare mit modulierter Expression von SWEET-Transportern. (Bachelor Thesis) Hannover, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2020) 90 pp.

Sturtevant D, Lu S, Zhou Z W, Shen Y, Wang S, Song J M, Zhong J, Burks D J, Yang Z Q, Yang Q Y, Cannon A E, Herrfurth C, Feussner I, Borisjuk L, Munz E, Verbeck G F, Wang X, Azad R K, Singleton B, Dyer J M, Chen L L, Chapman K D, Guo L:

The genome of jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis): A taxonomically isolated species that directs wax ester accumulation in its seeds. Sci. Adv. 6 (2020) eaay3240. https://dx.doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aay3240

Tikhenko N, Alqudah A M, Borisjuk L, Ortleb S, Rutten T, Wu D D, Nagel M, Himmelbach A, Mascher M, Röder M, Ganal M, Sehmisch S, Houben A, Börner A:

DEFECTIVE ENDOSPERM-D1 (Dee-D1) is crucial for endosperm development in hexaploid wheat. Commun. Biol. 3 (2020) 791. https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-020-01509-9


Druege U, Hilo A, Pérez-Pérez J M, Klopotek Y, Acosta M, Shahinnia F, Zerche S, Franken P, Hajirezaei M R:

Molecular and physiological control of adventitious rooting in cuttings: phytohormone action meets resource allocation. Ann. Bot. 123 (2019) 929–949. https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcy234

Gündel A, Rolletschek H, Borisjuk L:

Infrared visualization of sucrose in plants. A novel microspectroscopic method allows sugar mapping across the plant tissue. q-more.chemeurope.com/q-more-articles/279/infrared-visualization-of-sucrose-in-plants.html. (2019)

Gündel A, Rolletschek H, Wagner S, Muszynska A, Borisjuk L:

More insights with infrared. New method enables quantitative visualization of sucrose distribution in plants. Imaging & Microscopy 1 (2019) 28-29.

Gündel A, Rolletschek H, Wagner S, Muszynska A, Borisjuk L:

Mehr sehen mit Infrarot – Quantitative Visualisierung der Saccharose-Verteilung in Pflanzen. GIT Labor-Fachzeitschr. 63 (2019) 38-39.

Gutjahr F T, Munz E, Jakob P M:

Positive chemical exchange contrast in MRI using Refocused Acquisition of Chemical Exchange Transferred Excitations (RACETE). Z. Med. Phys. 29 (2019) 184-191. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.zemedi.2018.05.005

Langer M:

Untersuchungen zur Samenentwicklung bei Cyclamen persicum MILL. – Visualisierung über NMR sowie Lipid- und Phytohormonanalysen. (Master Thesis) Hannover, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2019) 126 pp.

Radchuk V, Sharma R, Potokina E, Radchuk R, Weier D, Munz E, Schreiber M, Mascher M, Stein N, Wicker T, Kilian B, Borisjuk L:

The highly divergent Jekyll genes, required for sexual reproduction, are lineage specific for the related grass tribes Triticeae and Bromeae. Plant J. 98 (2019) 961-974. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tpj.14363

Rizzo P, Altschmied L, Stark P, Rutten T, Guendel A, Scharfenberg S, Franke K, Baeumlein H, Wessjohann L, Koch M, Borisjuk L, Sharbel T F:

Discovery of key regulators of dark glands development and hypericin biosynthesis in St. Johns wort (Hypericum perforatum). Plant Biotechnol. J. 17 (2019) 2299-2312. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pbi.13141

Savchenko T, Rolletschek H, Dehesh K:

Jasmonates-mediated rewiring of central metabolism regulates adaptive responses. Plant Cell Physiol. 60 (2019) 2613-2620. https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pcp/pcz181

Savchenko T, Rolletschek H, Heinzel N, Tikhonov K, Dehesh K:

Waterlogging tolerance rendered by oxylipin-mediated metabolic reprogramming in Arabidopsis. J. Exp. Bot. 70 (2019) 2919–2932. https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jxb/erz110

Tedeschi F, Rizzo P, Huong B, Czihal A, Rutten T, Altschmied L, Scharfenberg S, Grosse I, Becker C, Weigel D, Bäumlein H, Kuhlmann M:

EFFECTOR OF TRANSCRIPTION factors are novel plant-specific regulators associated with genomic DNA methylation in Arabidopsis. New Phytol. 221 (2019) 261-278. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.15439

Wabila C, Neumann K, Kilian B, Radchuk V, Graner A:

A tiered approach to genome-wide association analysis for the adherence of hulls to the caryopsis of barley seeds reveals footprints of selection. BMC Plant Biol. 19 (2019) 95. https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12870-019-1694-1

Zornow R:

Untersuchungen zum Keimverhalten von Getreide- und Ölsaaten. (Master Thesis) Hannover, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2019) 99 pp.


Gündel A, Rolletschek H, Wagner S, Muszynska A, Borisjuk L:

Micro imaging displays the sucrose landscape within and along its allocation pathways. Plant Physiol. 178 (2018) 1448-1460. https://dx.doi.org/10.1104/pp.18.00947

Lappe R R, Baier J W, Boehlein S K, Huffman R, Lin Q, Wattebled F, Settles A M, Hannah L C, Borisjuk L, Rolletschek H, Stewart J D, Scott M P, Hennen-Bierwagen T A, Myers A M:

Functions of maize genes encoding pyruvate phosphate dikinase in developing endosperm. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 115 (2018) E24-E33. https://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1715668115

Lorenz C, Brandt S, Borisjuk L, Rolletschek H, Heinzel N, Tohge T, Fernie A R, Braun H-P, Hildebrandt T M:

The role of persulfide metabolism during Arabidopsis seed development under light and dark conditions. Front. Plant Sci. 9 (2018) 1381. https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2018.01381

Meitzel T:

Signaling pathways in legume seed development: evidence for a crosstalk between trehalose 6-phosphate and auxin. (PhD Thesis) Halle/S., Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät I Biowissenschaften (2018) 177 pp.

Munz E:

High resolution, physiological and metabolic MRI of plants. (PhD Thesis) Würzburg, Julius-Maximilians-Universität (2018) 170 pp.

Muszynska A:

Histological, ultrastructural, elemental, and molecular genetic characterization of ′Stabilstroh’, a complex trait of rye (Secale cereale L.) determining lodging resistance. (PhD Thesis) Halle/S., Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät III Agrar- und Ernährungswissenschaften, Geowissenschaften und Informatik (2018) 161 pp.

Radchuk V, Tran V, Radchuk R, Diaz-Mendoza M, Weier D, Fuchs J, Riewe D, Hensel G, Kumlehn J, Munz E, Heinzel N, Rolletschek H, Martinez M, Borisjuk L:

Vacuolar processing enzyme 4 contributes to maternal control of grain size in barley by executing programmed cell death in the pericarp. New Phytol. 218 (2018) 1127-1142. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.14729

Rajaraman J, Douchkov D, Lück S, Hensel G, Nowara D, Pogoda M, Rutten T, Meitzel T, Brassac J, Höfle C, Hückelhoven R, Klinkenberg J, Trujillo M, Bauer E, Schmutzer T, Himmelbach A, Mascher M, Lazzari B, Stein N, Kumlehn J, Schweizer P:

Evolutionarily conserved partial gene duplication in the Triticeae tribe of grasses confers pathogen resistance. Genome Biol. 19 (2018) 116. https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13059-018-1472-7

Walerowski P, Gündel A, Yahaya N, Truman W, Sobczak M, Olszak M, Rolfe S A, Borisjuk L, Malinowski R:

Clubroot disease stimulates early steps of phloem differentiation and recruits SWEET sucrose transporters within developing galls. Plant Cell 30 (2018) 3058-3073. https://dx.doi.org/10.1105/tpc.18.00283


Borisjuk L:

The inner life of seed: from seeing to understanding. (Habilitation Thesis) Hannover, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2017) 402 pp.

Keil P, Liebsch G, Borisjuk L, Rolletschek H:

MultiSense: a multimodal sensor tool enabling the high throughput analysis of respiration. In: Kapuganti J G (Ed.): Plant respiration and internal oxygen: methods and protocols. (Series: Methods in molecular biology, Vol. 1670) New York, NY [u.a.]: Humana Press (2017) 47-56. dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-7292-0_5 ISBN 978-1-4939-7291-3

König C:

Molecular and metabolic characterization of assimilate uptake and storage product synthesis in Brassica napus. (PhD Thesis) Hannover, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2017) 119 pp.

Mascher M, Gundlach H, Himmelbach A, Beier S, Twardziok S O, Wicker T, Radchuk V, Dockter C, Hedley P E, Russell J, Bayer M, Ramsay L, Liu H, Haberer G, Zhang X-Q, Zhang Q, Barrero R A, Li L, Taudien S, Groth M, Felder M, Hastie A, Šimková H, Staňková H, Vrána J, Chan S, Muñoz-Amatriaín M, Ounit R, Wanamaker S, Bolser D, Colmsee C, Schmutzer T, Aliyeva-Schnorr L, Grasso S, Tanskanen J, Chailyan A, Sampath D, Heavens D, Clissold L, Cao S, Chapman B, Dai F, Han Y, Li H, Li X, Lin C, McCooke J K, Tan C, Wang P, Wang S, Yin S, Zhou G, Poland J A, Bellgard M I, Borisjuk L, Houben A, Doležel J, Ayling S, Lonardi S, Kersey P, Langridge P, Muehlbauer G J, Clark M D, Caccamo M, Schulman A H, Mayer K F X, Platzer M, Close T J, Scholz U, Hansson M, Zhang G, Braumann I, Spannagl M, Li C, Waugh R, Stein N:

A chromosome conformation capture ordered sequence of the barley genome. Nature 544 (2017) 427-433. https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nature22043

McAdam E L, Meitzel T, Quittenden L J, Davidson S E, Dalmais M, Bendahmane A I, Thompson R, Smith J J, Nichols D S, Urquhart S, Gélinas-Marion A, Aubert G, Ross J J:

Evidence that auxin is required for normal seed size and starch synthesis in pea. New Phytol. 216 (2017) 193-204. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.14690

Munz E, Rolletschek H, Oeltze-Jafra S, Fuchs J, Guendel A, Neuberger T, Ortleb S, Jakob P M, Borisjuk L:

A functional imaging study of germinating oilseed rape seed. New Phytol. 216 (2017) 1181-1190. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.14736

Radchuk V, Riewe D, Peukert M, Matros A, Strickert M, Radchuk R, Weier D, Steinbiß H-H, Sreenivasulu N, Weschke W, Weber H:

Down-regulated sucrose transporters HvSUT1, HvSUT2 affects sucrose homeostasis along its delivery path in barley grains. J. Exp. Bot. 68 (2017) 4595-4612. https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/erx266

Reichelt W N, Brillmann M, Thurrold P, Keil P, Fricke J, Herwig C:

Physiological capacities decline during induced bioprocesses leading to substrate accumulation. In: Ferreira G N M, Glassey J (Eds.): Biotechnol. J. (Special Issue: European Symposium on Biochemical Engineering Science, Dublin 2016). (Vol. 7) : WILEY-VCH Verlag (2017) 1600547. dx.doi.org/10.1002/biot.201600547 1860-7314

Rolletschek H, Borisjuk L, Hennen-Bierwagen T A, Myers A M:

Central metabolism and its spatial heterogeneity in maize endosperm. In: Larkins B A (Ed.): Maize kernel development. Boston, MA: CABI (2017) 134-148. ISBN 978-1-78639-121-6

Rolletschek H, Liebsch G:

A method for imaging oxygen distribution and respiration at a microscopic level of resolution. In: Kapuganti J G (Ed.): Plant respiration and internal oxygen: methods and protocols. (Series: Methods in molecular biology, Vol. 1670) New York, NY [u.a.]: Humana Press (2017) 31-38. dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-7292-0_3 ISBN 978-1-4939-7291-3

Scherzer S, Shabala L, Hedrich B, Fromm J, Bauer H, Munz E, Jakob P, Al-Rascheid K A S, Kreuzer I, Becker D, Eiblmeier M, Rennenberg H, Shabala S, Bennett M, Neher E, Hedrich R:

Insect haptoelectrical stimulation of Venus flytrap triggers exocytosis in gland cells. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 114 (2017) 4822-4827. https://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1701860114

Woodfield H K, Sturtevant D, Borisjuk L, Munz E, Guschina I A, Chapman K D, Harwood J L:

Spatial and temporal mapping of key lipid species in Brassica napus seeds. Plant Physiol. 173 (2017) 1998-2009. https://dx.doi.org/10.1104/pp.16.01705


Keller E R J, Grübe M, Hajirezaei M-R, Melzer M, Mock H-P, Rolletschek H, Senula A, Subbarayan K:

Experience in large-scale cryopreservation and links to applied research for safe storage of plant germplasm. In: Lambardi M, Hamill S (Eds.): Proceedings of the XXIX IHC - Int. Symp. on Micropropagation and In Vitro Techniques, Brisbane, Australia, August 17-22, 2014. (Series: Acta Horticulturae, Vol. 1113) Leuven: ISHS (2016) 239-249. dx.doi.org/10.17660/ActaHortic.2016.1113.36

Kovalchuk N, Chew W, Sornaraj P, Borisjuk N, Yang N, Singh R, Bazanova N, Shavrukov Y, Guendel A, Munz E, Borisjuk L, Langridge P, Hrmova M, Lopato S:

The homeodomain transcription factor TaHDZipI-2 from wheat regulates frost tolerance, flowering time and spike development in transgenic barley. New Phytol. 211 (2016) 671-687. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.13919

Munz E, Jakob P M, Borisjuk L:

The potential of nuclear magnetic resonance to track lipids in planta. Biochimie 130 (2016) 97-108. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biochi.2016.07.014


Fuchs J, Melkus G, Borisjuk L, Jakob P:

Tracking metabolite dynamics in plants via indirect 13C chemical shift imaging with an interleaved variable density acquisition weighted sampling pattern. Magn. Reson. Mat. Phys. 28 (2015) 127-134. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10334-014-0453-4

Nagel M, Kranner I, Neumann K, Rolletschek H, Seal C E, Colville L, Fernández-Marín B, Börner A:

Genome-wide association mapping and biochemical markers reveal that seed ageing and longevity are intricately affected by genetic background, developmental and environmental conditions in barley. Plant Cell Environ. 38 (2015) 1011-1022. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pce.12474

Rolletschek H, Fuchs J, Friedel S, Börner A, Todt H, Jakob P, Borisjuk L:

A novel noninvasive procedure for high-throughput screening of major seed traits. Plant Biotechnol. J. 13 (2015) 188-199. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pbi.12245

Rolletschek H, Grafahrend-Belau E, Munz E, Radchuk V V, Kartäusch R, Tschiersch H, Melkus G, Schreiber F, Jakob P M, Borisjuk L:

Metabolic architecture of the cereal grain and its relevance to maximize carbon use efficiency. Plant Physiol. 169 (2015) 1698-1713. https://dx.doi.org/10.1104/pp.15.00981

Schwender J, Hebbelmann I, Heinzel N, Hildebrandt T M, Rogers A, Naik D, Klapperstück M, Braun H P, Schreiber F, Denolf P, Borisjuk L, Rolletschek H:

Quantitative multilevel analysis of central metabolism in developing oilseeds of Brassica napus during in vitro culture. Plant Physiol. 168 (2015) 828-848. https://dx.doi.org/10.1104/pp.15.00385

Subbarayan K, Rolletschek H, Senula A, Ulagappan K, Hajirezaei M-R, Keller E R J:

Influence of oxygen deficiency and the role of specific amino acids in cryopreservation of garlic shoot tips. BMC Biotechnol. 15 (2015) 40. https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12896-015-0171-7

Thormählen I, Meitzel T, Groysman J, Öchsner A B, von Roepenack-Lahaye E, Naranjo B, Cejudo F J, Geigenberger P:

Thioredoxin f1 and NADPH-dependent thioredoxin reductase C have overlapping functions in regulating photosynthetic metabolism and plant growth in response to varying light conditions. Plant Physiol. 169 (2015) 1766-1786. https://dx.doi.org/10.1104/pp.15.01122


Borisjuk L, Melkus G:

Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging of metabolites in plants and animals. In: Hough R, Camarillo J (Eds.): In vivo imaging: new research. New York: Nova Science Publishers (2014) 1-48. ISBN 978-1-62948-633-8

Hay J O, Shi H, Heinzel N, Hebbelmann I, Rolletschek H, Schwender J:

Integration of a constraint-based metabolic model of Brassica napus developing seeds with (13)C-metabolic flux analysis. Front. Plant Sci. 5 (2014) 724. https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2014.00724

Lorenz C, Rolletschek H, Sunderhaus S, Braun H P:

Brassica napus seed endosperm - metabolism and signaling in a dead end tissue. J. Proteomics 108 (2014) 382-426. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jprot.2014.05.024

Radchuk V, Borisjuk L:

Physical, metabolic and developmental functions of the seed coat. Front. Plant Sci. 5 (2014) 510. https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2014.00510

Radchuk V, Pirko Y V, Isayenkov S V, Yemets A I, Blume Y B:

cDNA library construction from meristematic tissue of finger millet panicle. Cytol. Genet. 48 (2014) 273-278. https://dx.doi.org/10.3103/S0095452714050089

Schwender J, König C, Klapperstück M, Heinzel N, Munz E, Hebbelmann I, Hay J O, Denolf P, de Bodt S, Redestig H, Caestecker E, Jakob P M, Borisjuk L, Rolletschek H:

Transcript abundance on its own cannot be used to infer fluxes in central metabolism. Front. Plant Sci. 5 (2014) 668. https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2014.00668

Tran V, Weier D, Radchuk R, Thiel J, Radchuk V:

Caspase-like activities accompany programmed cell death events in developing barley grains. PLoS One 9 (2014) e109426. https://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0109426

Tschiersch H, Liebsch G, Borisjuk L, Stangelmayer A, Rolletschek H:

Imaging microbial culture O2 consumption: metabolic activity of E. coli monitored inside the incubator with the VisiSens™ A1. Genet. Engin. Biotechnol. News 34 (2014) 30. https://dx.doi.org/10.1089/gen.34.14.15


Borisjuk L:

Looking into plant life. International Innovation 10 (2013) 79.

Borisjuk L, Neuberger T, Schwender J, Heinzel N, Sunderhaus S, Fuchs J, Hay J O, Tschiersch H, Braun H P, Denolf P, Lambert B, Jakob P M, Rolletschek H:

Seed architecture shapes embryo metabolism in oilseed rape. Plant Cell 25 (2013) 1625-1640. https://dx.doi.org/10.1105/tpc.113.111740

Borisjuk L, Rolletschek H, Jakob P:

Visualizing the feature of plant science. International Innovation 10 (2013) 80-81.

Borisjuk L, Rolletschek H, Neuberger T:

Nuclear magnetic resonance imaging of lipid in living plants. Prog. Lipid Res. 52 (2013) 465-487. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.plipres.2013.05.003

Fuchs J, Neuberger T, Rolletschek H, Schiebold S, Nguyen T H, Borisjuk N, Börner A, Melkus G, Jakob P, Borisjuk L:

A non-invasive platform for imaging and quantifying oil storage in sub-millimetre tobacco seed[W][OA]. Plant Physiol. 161 (2013) 583-593. https://dx.doi.org/10.1104/pp.112.210062

Gupta K J, Rolletschek H:

Plant respiratory metabolism: a special focus on the physiology of beetroot (Beta vulgaris) mitochondria. In: Neelwarne B (Ed.): Red beet biotechnology: food and pharmaceutical applications. New York [u.a.]: Springer (2013) 91-104. dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3458-0_5 ISBN 978-1-4614-3457-3

Horn P J, Silva J E, Anderson D, Fuchs J, Borisjuk L, Nazarenus T J, Shulaev V, Cahoon E B, Chapman K D:

Imaging heterogeneity of membrane and storage lipids in transgenic Camelina sativa seeds with altered fatty acid profiles. Plant J. 76 (2013) 138-150. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/tpj.12278

Kalladan R, Worch S, Rolletschek H, Harshavardhan V T, Kuntze L, Seiler C, Sreenivasulu N, Röder M S:

Identification of quantitative trait loci contributing to yield and seed quality parameters under terminal drought in barley advanced backcross lines. Mol. Breed. 32 (2013) 71-99. https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11032-013-9853-9

Kim Y M, Heinzel N, Giese J O, Koeber J, Melzer M, Rutten T, von Wirén N, Sonnewald U, Hajirezaei M-R:

A dual role of tobacco hexokinase 1 in primary metabolism and sugar sensing. Plant Cell Environ. 36 (2013) 1311-1327. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/pce.12060

Verboven P, Herremans E, Borisjuk L, Helfen L, Ho Q T, Tschiersch H, Fuchs J, Nicolai B M, Rolletschek H:

Void space inside the developing seed of Brassica napus and the modelling of its function. New Phytol. 199 (2013) 936-947. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nph.12342


Borisjuk L, Rolletschek H, Neuberger T:

Surveying the plants world by magnetic resonance imaging. Plant J. 70 (2012) 129-146. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-313X.2012.04927.x

Faix B, Radchuk V, Nerlich A, Hümmer C, Radchuk R, Emery R J, Keller H, Götz K P, Weschke W, Geigenberger P, Weber H:

Barley grains, deficient in cytosolic small subunit of ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase, reveal coordinate adjustment of C:N metabolism mediated by an overlapping metabolic-hormonal control. Plant J. 69 (2012) 1077-1093. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-313X.2011.04857.x

Horn P J, Korte A R, Neogi P B, Love E, Fuchs J, Strupat K, Borisjuk L, Shulaev V, Lee Y J, Chapman K D:

Spatial mapping of lipids at cellular resolution in embryos of cotton. Plant Cell 24 (2012) 622-636. https://dx.doi.org/10.1105/tpc.111.094581

Kaur H, Shaker K, Heinzel N, Ralph J, Galis I, Baldwin I T:

Environmental stresses of field growth allow cinnamyl alcohol dehydrogenase-deficient Nicotiana attenuata plants to compensate for their structural deficiencies. Plant Physiol. 159 (2012) 1545-1570. https://dx.doi.org/10.1104/pp.112.196717

Radchuk V, Kumlehn J, Rutten T, Sreenivasulu N, Radchuk R, Rolletschek H, Herrfurth C, Feussner I, Borisjuk L:

Fertility in barley flowers depends on Jekyll functions in male and female sporophytes. New Phytol. 194 (2012) 142-157. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8137.2011.04032.x

Rolletschek H:

Hypoxia – a phenomenon which shapes seed metabolism. (Habilitation Thesis) Hannover, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät (2012) 286 pp.

Tschiersch H, Liebsch G, Borisjuk L, Stangelmayer A, Rolletschek H:

An imaging method for oxygen distribution, respiration and photosynthesis at a microscopic level of resolution. New Phytol. 196 (2012) 926-936. https://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8137.2012.04295.x

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