Research Training Group 2498

Research Training Group 2498

Communication and Dynamics of Plant Cell Compartments

// Welcome

to the website of the Research Training Group (RTG) 2498 “Communication and Dynamics of Plant Cell Compartments”, a structured education program that connects Plant Research Groups at the MLU Weinberg-Campus in Halle (Saale) and beyond.

The RTG 2498 is a structured education program, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft DFG. Different departments from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) provides graduate students a stimulating and interdisciplinary scientific environment with access to divers methodological and instrumental competencies.

// General Information        // Interdisciplinary Methods Platform        // Qualification Program

The research of the RTG 2498 centers on the interplay of selected plant cell compartments, which are key factors defining the properties of plant cells. Communication and dynamic of cell compartments is a central part of the reaction of plants to developmental and environmental changes. Investigating intercompartmental processes and signaling is essential to better understand the entire plant organism.

// Research Focus                 // Projects                  // Publications

The RTG 2498 provides a cooperative, interdisciplinary and international community sharing a common research interest. Within the RTG currently 16 internal and associated PhD students are comprehensively supported by 11 RTG Project Leaders and Cooperating Scientists, with different scientific backgrounds ranging from agricultural/nutritional sciences to plant physiology, and from botany to biochemistry and advanced analytics.

// Graduates & Associated                 // Project Leaders                  // Cooperating Scientists

One central aspect of the qualification program of the RTG 2498 are Science Trainings and Complementary Activities. PhD Student Seminars, Colloquiums, exclusive meetings with international guests and RTG internal retreats are regularly organized. To additionally offer the PhD students a broad spectrum of elective Trainings the RTG closely collaborates with other PhD programs of the MLU (InGrA, PhD Network, etc.) and IPB (DoCou).

// Upcoming Events                 // Past Events                  // Calendar

The MLU Weinberg-Campus in Halle (Saale) is home to an exceptionally large number of research groups focusing on plant sciences. The participating institutes have a documented history of joint research.

// Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology                 // Institute of Biology

// Institute of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences         // Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry

In the “Member Area” you can find logos, banners, and files for download, further information and links.

The Gallery with photos of RTG events and the possibility to leave comments are password protected. To get access, contact

// Downloads and Information                   // Gallery                  // Leave your comments           

Latest news

29 Jan// PhD Defense of Khansa Mekkaoui

On 29 January 2024 at 4:15 pm Khansa Mekkaoui, PhD student of the RTG project P02, will defend her dissertation entitled “From plastids to peroxisomes: Function of the JA precursor, 12-oxo-phytodienoic acid (OPDA), in Arabidopsis

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11 & 12 Mar// Retreat 03/24 in Grimma

On 11 & 12 March 2024 the RTG members will meet for an exclusive retreat in Grimma (Hotel Kloster Nimbschen) to discuss about the projects and internal issues. In addition, a workshop on biostatistics will

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12 Dec// PhD Defense of Thuy Linh Nguyen

On 12 December 2023 at 4:15 pm Thuy Linh Nguyen, PhD student of the RTG project P09A, will defend her dissertation entitled “Investigationof Arabidopsis thaliana WHIRLY1 function in early seedling development” at the lecture hall

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On 8 November 2023 we got informed that our Research Training Group will continue in a second funding period. The DFG panel selected the RTG 2498 to get funded for another 4,5 years. We are

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6 Oct// PhD Defense of Yunjing Ma

On 6 October 2023 at 10:00 am Yunjing Ma, PhD student of the RTG project P05, will defend her dissertation entitled “Initiation of root jasmonate biosynthesis” at the lecture hall of Biochemistry, Kleiner Hörsaal (KHS),

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