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Universität Heidelberg

HIP-Abteilung Zellbiologie

The Heidelberg Institute of Plant Sciences (HIP) with its new department structure was founded in June 2001. HIP faculty focus their research on the elucidation and targeted manipulation of gene and protein functions in selected crop plants, and on unraveling the molecular phylogeny of crop plants and related wild species. In particular, HIP research groups address the complex functional relationships of those genes and proteins which in crop plants influence key factors like yield and stress tolerance, and search for molecular strategies to positively affect these key factors (marker-assisted selection, genetic engineering). Research integrates experimental approaches of ecophysiology, developmental biology, cell biology, biochemistry, phytopathology, and molecular phylogeny. The in-depth study of complex biological processes, like gametophyte development, seed filling, root physiology, and development and post-harvest physiology of vegetative storage organs will unravel aspects of crop plant development, which are difficult or impossible to study in the model plant A. thaliana. However, whenever possible, the basic underlying cellular mechanisms are also analyzed in A. thaliana (functional genomics). Following this dual approach, HIP research, although effectively using information ressources from model plants, delivers an original contribution to modern plant sciences and its application to plant biotechnology.


Universität Heidelberg
HIP-Abteilung Zellbiologie
Im Neuenheimer Feld 230
69120 Heidelberg
Forschung & Entwicklung
Forschung & Lehre