Department of Biology

Molecular Plant Biology

Molecular plant biology has long been a research focus at Tübingen University. The Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP) was established as a basic research institution in 1999. Its mission is to reveal molecular mechanisms that ensure the survival of plants as complex multicellular organisms.

The ZMBP builds on expertise in genetics, cell and developmental biology, biochemistry, plant physiology, cellular nanoscience and microbiome research. Key areas of research are plant-microbe interactions, developmental and cellular sorting processes as well as response and adaption to changing environmental conditions.

Independent research groups are the distinguishing feature of the ZMBP, offering junior scientists excellent career opportunities. ( The research groups are supported by core facilities that develop and improve new methods. The ZMBP is the leading partner of the CRC 1101 consortium addressing "Molecular encoding of specificity in plant processes". The ZMBP groups collaborate closely with the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, the Universities of Heidelberg and Hohenheim, and also interact with many research groups around the globe.