35th Conference (MBP2022)

The next Conference Molecular Biology of Plants of the Section Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology of the DBG is planned to take place from 15 to 18 February 2022. It will be organized by Prof. Dr. Marcel Quint (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg), Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Hell (Heidelberg University), Prof. Dr. Ute Höcker (Köln University) and Prof. Dr. Andreas Meyer (Bonn University).

Do not hesitate to contact the conference office if you have any questions.

26. Mar 2021 · SPPMB

Member Assembly in September

The date for the biannual members assembly is 27th September 2021 at 10 a.m. The agenda was sent to our members at 24th March 2021 and the link to our video meeting will be send to all members in advance.

24. Jul 2020 · SPPMB

We support the Statement on Regulation of Genome Edited Crops

The current regulation of modern plant breeding techniques of EU and New Zealand differs from other countries (see also Schmidt, Belisle, Frommer (2020), EMBO Rep 2020, e50680, https://doi.org/10.15252/embr.202050680)

Today more than 132 science institutes and associations strongly recommend to the European Union to revise the existing directive for precision breeding, also known as genome-editing in plants.

This modern method supports

  • the protection of natural resources
  • realizing the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations
  • the realisation of the Green Deal of the European Union
  • implementation of the Farm to Fork strategy of the European Union

Many scientific results have shown this. Therefore, our Section Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology endorses the open statement of the European Sustainable Agriculture through Genome Editing (EU-SAGE) networks, under which the institutions named above are united.

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20. Feb 2020 · People and Careers · Promoting young researchers · SPPMB

#SciComm Award for Robert Hoffie

Robert Hoffie, is doing a PhD on Braley at the IPK and. Photo: Iris Koeppel

Robert Hoffie, who tweets as @ForscherRobert on Twitter received the Section's first award for excellent science communication on 13th February 2020.

Sorry, futher details available in German only.

Erstmals haben wir unseren neuen Preis für Wissenschaftskommunikation verliehen. Die Auszeichnung ging an Robert Hoffie, Doktorand am Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung in Gatersleben (IPK). Als @ForscherRobert engagiert sich der Pflanzenforscher in Sozialen Medien, erklärt geduldig den Stand der Forschung über moderne Methoden in der Pflanzenforschung und scheut - wenn es nötig ist - auch nicht die Auseinandersetzung mit Politikern.
„Wenige andere Pflanzenwissenschaftler sind so engagiert in den sozialen Netzwerken wie Robert Hoffie“, sagte Prof. Dr. Stefan Rensing, Sprecher der Sektion. Er wünsche sich mehr Wissenschaftler wie Robert Hoffie, die unsere Themen in die Öffentlichkeit tragen und unsere Sichtbarkeit erhöhen.

Die Auszeichnung verlieh die Sektion am 13. Februar, während der jährlichen Konferenz Molecular Biology of Plants in Dabringhausen (Nordrhein-Westfalen). „Der Preis ist für mich Motivation und Bestätigung zugleich“, erklärte Robert Hoffie. Denn der aktuelle Stand der Wissenschaft sei das Beste, was wir haben, um zu fundierten Einschätzungen zu kommen. "Worauf, wenn nicht darauf, sollen wir unsere Einschätzungen denn künftig sonst stützen?“ fragt sich der 28-Jährige. Zwar könne die Wissenschaft nicht die Politik ersetzen, werde aber selbst immer mehr zu einem gesellschaftlichen Akteur.

Quelle: IPK beim idw

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24. Sep 2019 · SPPMB

New Section's speakers elected

Stefan Rensing and Andrea Bräutigam after the election. Use of photo with kind permission from Hartmut Lichtenthaler

Prof. Dr. Stefan Rensing (Marburg University) now became first speaker of our Section Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology (SPPMB) and Prof. Dr. Andrea Bräutigam (Bielefeld University) our deputy speaker. They were elected at the member assembly during this year's Botanikertagung at Rostock, Germany, on 17th September. Rensing, who was the Section's deputy speaker until now, follows Prof. Dr. Andreas Weber (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf), who did not stood for re-election after ten years being our Section’s speaker.

25. Jul 2019 · SPPMB

For precision breeding and sustainable agriculture

Our Section Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology (SPPMB) in the German Society for Plant Sciences (Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft, DBG), in which more than 200 scientific members are organised, reaches out to the newly elected European Parliament and the European Commission to adjust the old EU legislation on genetically modified organisms (GMO), issued in 2001, to current scientific knowledge and international stands. Together with 115 scientific organisations and  institutes they suggest useing the potential of precision breeding techniques like Genome Editing to enable sustainable agriculture and food production in the EU.

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10. Nov 2018 · SPPMB

Obituary and Tribute: Martin Bopp, 1923–2018

On August 30, 2018, Professor Emeritus Martin Bopp, an internationally highly regarded botanist and former director of the Botanical Institute at the University of Heidelberg, died in Wuppertal, Germany, at the age of 95 years. Professor Hartmut Lichtenthaler (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany and former speaker of our Section of Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology) and Rüdiger Hell (Bopps successor at the chair Molecular Biology of Plants, Centre for Organismal Studies, COS, Heidelberg, Germany) summarize his academic career as well as his other academic activities in their obituary in the Journal of Plant Physiology (DOI: 10.1016/j.jplph.2018.10.016). Plant physiologist Bopp besides many other honours and obligations served as deputy speaker of our Section of the German Society of Plant Sciences (Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft, DBG) from 1980 – 1982 (see: Gründung und Geschichte der Sektion). The authors remind us of an esteemed scientific friend and an inspiring and enthusiastic academic teacher. Several images round off the obituary.

Source: Journal of Plant Physiology

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About us

The Section Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology is the independent network for plant physiology and molecular biology in the genomic age. Being a non-profit organisation the largest experts' group within the Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft (German Society for Plant Sciences) unites all generations of scientists, furthers research and higher education according to its statutes und supports young researchers. It represents its approximately 200 members in the scientific community, in the public and in politics. Every year it organizes the well-known Conference Molecular Biology of Plants. At this event and via its job mailing list it brings together young scientists and renowned experts.

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Members of the Section Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology support the aims and objectives of our section. The more members we have the more powerful we are able to advocate the concerns of plant physiologists and plant molecular biologists in the scientific community, in the public and in politics.

To join us, please join our mother society, the German Society for Plant Sciences (Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft, DBG). Please remind to mark our Section at the bottom of DBG's membership form. Aspiring scientists can profit from DBG's Test Membership, which offers savings on membership fees.

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Speakers of the Section

Please feel free to contact the speakers if you have any questions about the Section Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology in the DBG.

First Speaker

Prof. Dr. Stefan A. Rensing,
Plant Cell Biology
University of Marburg
Phone: +49 (0)642128-21940
e-mail: stefan.rensing[at]biologie.uni-marburg.de
Web: http://www.plantco.de

Deputy Speaker

Prof. Dr. Andrea Bräutigam
Bielefeld University
Computational Biology
Universitätsstraße 25
D-33615 Bielefeld
Phone: +49 (0)521 106-8753 
E-mail: andrea.braeutigam[at]uni-bielefeld.de  
Web: https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/biologie/computationalbiology/index.html

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