New insights in plant ABA signaling pathways: In this work we reconstructed single ABA signaling pathways in yeast for combinatorial analysis of ABA receptors and coreceptors, downstream-acting SnRK2 protein kinases and regulated transcription factors. The study establishes the suitability of the yeast system for the dissection of core signaling cascades and opens up future avenues of research on ligand-receptor regulation.
New Biosensor provides insight into plant stress behaviour
Until now, it was difficult to directly measure the occurrence of the signaling molecule phosphatidic acid (PA) in a certain tissues or organisms. Therefore, it remained unclear in which cells or in which parts of cells the substance was active and why its concentration is changing. The newly developed Sensor "PAleon" is able to change its fluorescent properties upon binding of bioactive PA and allows determination of cellular changes in phosphatidic acid concentration and distribution.
High salt levels in the soil harm plant growth and limit crop yields. A salt-binding membrane lipid has been identified as being essential for salt perception and for triggering calcium signals that lead to salt tolerance.
European plant scientists claim new rules for plant breeding
One year ago, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued a ruling on genetic methods in plant breeding: on 25 July 2018, the judges ruled that plants bred using modern molecular biological methods (CRISPR-Cas genome editing) fall into the category of genetically modified organisms. According to current EU legislation, these plants are to be strictly regulated - in contrast to plants that have been genetically modified using conventional methods, called mutagenesis.
Chinese Academy of Sciences honours Prof. Jörg Kudla
Prof. Jörg Kudla receives prize from the world's largest research institute
International honour for Prof. Dr. Jörg Kudla: The plant biologist at Münster University has been awarded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences as an outstanding scientist. Once a year, the Academy awards the title "Distinguished Scientist" to leading international researchers from a wide variety of disciplines and selects around 30 prize winners from more than 200 nominees.
Research groups from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) and the University of Münster have discovered a new switch that plants use to control their responses to iron deficiency. The findings from their research on the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana is published in the journal "Developmental Cell".
Plant scientists discover new molecular signaling pathway
Jasmonic acid ensures that leave pores close if leaves are injured
Plant biologists, including Prof. Jörg Kudla from the WWU Münster have shown: A mechanical injury of plant leaves causes rapid stomatal closure. This closure process is initiated by the plant hormone jasmonic acid.
Three WWU professors among the most cited researchers
Citation Ranking 2018: Prof. Jörg Kudla again "Highly Cited Researcher"
Among the most cited researchers worldwide are three professors from WWU: According to the current citation ranking of the U.S. company "Clarivate Analytics," Frank Baumgartner, Frank Glorius and Jörg Kudla are honoured as "highly Cited Researcher"
Pioneering biologists create a new crop through genome editing
From wild plant to crops: CRISPR-Cas9 revolutionizes breeding / New tomato contains more valuable antioxidants
For the first time, researchers have created, within a single generation, a new crop from a wild plant – the progenitor of our modern tomato – by using a modern process of genome editing. Participating in the study was a team led by Prof. Jörg Kudla from the Institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Münster.