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FUNCT.1 Temperature sensing in plants

Programme Area FUNCT
FUNCT Functional Plant Biology
FUNCT.1 Temperature sensing in plants
FUNCT.2 Plant metabolism
FUNCT.3 Root-Shoot-Interactions
Programme Area MICRO
MICRO Plant-Microbe Systems
Programme Area MICRO
BIOINF Genomics and bioinformatics in horticulture
Programme Area QUALITY
QUALITY Plant Quality and Food Security
Programme Area HORTSYS
HORTSYS Next-Generation Horticultural Systems

Head of Research Group FUNCT.1: Prof Dr Philip A. Wigge

The long-term goal of the Research Group is to contribute to breeding climate-change resilient crops. To do this we seek to identify the molecular basis of temperature perception, and to understand the underlying pathways by which these signals are integrated into plant growth and development.

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In contrast to many other pathways in plants, such as light signalling, hormone perception and pathogen responses where the receptors and signalling pathways have been elucidated, the primary mechanisms of temperature perception are poorly understood. We use the model system Arabidopsis thaliana extensively to uncover fundamental mechanisms, and we aim to transfer this knowledge to other plants, including horticultural crops. We are using a combination of genetic, biochemical and bioinformatic approaches to identify key signalling components and the underlying transcriptional and translational regulatory networks of the temperature sensing pathways..

The IGZ provides an ideal environment for this research, and we have the opportunity to collaborate and benefit from outstanding local research groups both within the institute and at the nearby Golm campus (Max Planck Institute for Molecular Plant Physiology and University of Potsdam) as well as the Freie and Humboldt universities in Berlin.

We welcome applications from outstanding scientists at all levels who are excited about working on these important questions with us. Former students in the lab have gone on to PhD positions at Harvard, Stanford, Cambridge, the John Innes Centre and MIT. Six former Wigge lab postdocs have gone on to run their own research groups.

Current Project

2021 - 2026


Temperature Integration via Phase Change and Translation of Proteins in Plants


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