Research at the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB) focuses on the chemical diversity, the biosynthesis, the biological roles, and the mechanisms of action of plant and fungal natural products, with an emphasis on specialized metabolites and signaling molecules. Our aim is to develop a comprehensive molecular understanding of the adaptive and developmental processes which plants evolved as a consequence of their dynamic interaction with the environment. The resulting changes in gene expression and phenotype are analyzed in interdisciplinary approaches at the genome, proteome and foremost at the metabolome level. The knowledge gained will pave the way to a plant-based bioeconomy: it will facilitate sustainable crop production, innovative biotechnology and drug development to improve the nutrition and health of humans, animals and plants.
Prof. Dr. Steffen Abel
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