Plant Evolutionary Cell Biology

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Plant Evolutionary Cell Biology - AG Naegele

abteilungslogo_naegele_quadraticRange boundaries of plant species are shaped by environmental factors like temperature, light, humidity and soil water content. These factors significantly affect plant evolution, development and ecology. To promote our understanding of how plants acclimate to a changing environment, our research focuses on the quantitative analysis of metabolic regulation. We apply a combination of experimental and theoretical methods to develop quantitative models of plant metabolism. Experimental data on photosynthesis, subcellular metabolite concentrations, protein levels and enzyme activities are used to develop mathematical models wich enable the prediction of plant growth in a changing environment. 



  • Our work indicates that hexokinase activity significantly contributes to natural variation of heat acclimation in Arabidopsis thaliana. Read more.
  • Our study on subcellular metabolism has been selected for an Outstanding Paper Award!
  • Which role does carbohydrate metabolism play in plant cold acclimation? We have summarized current concepts and ideas - Read more.
  • Have a look at the LMU press release about our subcellular high-throughput analysis!
  • Subcellular regulation of plant metabolism plays an essential role in plant-environment interactions! Read more.
  • Collaboration project with the Kliebenstein lab (UC Davis, CA): The Plant Growth and Resistance Trade-Off
  • School meets University - the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) workgroup of the Gymnasium Weilheim visited us to gain insight into basic research in plant science. Read more
  • We have identified a metabolic module which enables the prediction of plant stress response using machine learning strategies. Read more.
  • Our postdoc Lisa Fürtauer receives the "Talentförderungsprämie" of Upper Austria for her excellent PhD Thesis on plant-environment interactions. Our group congratulates to this award! Read more.
  • How does vacuolar carbohydrate metabolism affect photosynthesis? We have developed a subcellular mathematical model to answer this question - read more.