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Kontakte verschiedener Organellen in einer Blattepidermiszelle von Tabak (grün, Zellkerne und Zytosol; rot, Chloroplasten; blau, Peroxisomen). Maßstab, 10 µm. (Bild von Larissa Launhardt)

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Prof. Dr. Ingo Heilmann

phone: 0345 55 24841
(Sekretariat Frau M. Steinberg)

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Kurt-Mothes-Str. 3
06120 Halle (Saale)

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Prof. Dr. Ingo Heilmann
06099 Halle (Saale)

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Research Training Group 2498

Welcome to the RTG 2498
Communication and Dynamics of Plant Cell Compartments

Speaker Prof. Dr. Ingo Heilmann

The scientific focus of the new Research Training Group (RTG) 2498 centers on the dynamic interplay of plant cell compartments, such as plastids and nuclei, which are key factors defining the properties of plant cells. The unifying research hypothesis is that the control of key physiological processes during plant development or environmental adaptation involves the coordinated action of organelles. So far, studies of plant cell compartments have mostly focused on a single type of organelle, leading to a wealth of information regarding its structure, function, and biogenesis. In contrast, the interaction and coordination of different compartments has not been addressed to any substantial depth. Therefore, our RTG focuses on processes that functionally link plastids, nuclei and selected other important cell compartments to address the fundamental question of how plant organelles communicate and dynamically associate depending on changing cellular requirements. By focusing on processes that functionally link two or more organelles, we take a necessary step towards understanding the mutual dependency of subcellular compartments with key roles in plant cell physiology.

Research in the RTG 2498 aims to elucidate processes involving more than one plant organelle. The arrows signify relevant organellar interactions studied in the RTG. Please see the individual project descriptions for details (left).

Research in the RTG 2498 aims to elucidate processes involving more than one plant organelle. The arrows signify relevant organellar interactions studied in the RTG. Please see the individual project descriptions for details (left).

Research in the RTG 2498 aims to elucidate processes involving more than one plant organelle. The arrows signify relevant organellar interactions studied in the RTG. Please see the individual project descriptions for details (left).

The RTG 2498 provides aspiring graduate students with a stimulating and interdisciplinary scientific environment, which allows them to perform high quality research on a common theme. The research topic of interacting organelles is ideal to promote cooperative research between the groups, as the interdependencies between the organelles are unraveled. The qualification program for the PhD-students of this RTG maximizes their exposure to different experimental approaches, which are pursued by the cooperating research groups. The broad range of alternative experimental approaches is complemented by additional Science Training Courses and Complementary Activities, which will help the PhD-students to develop their scientific profiles and shape their professional personalities. Efficient and successful research will be enabled through support and supervision of the PhD-students by Thesis Committees and their involvement in regular progress and literature seminars, both as participants and co-organizers.

Contributing institutes

Press release (German)
Millionen für die Pflanzenforschung: DFG bewilligt Graduiertenkolleg "Kommunikation und Dynamik pflanzlicher Zellkompartimente"

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Funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

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