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Groups of Experts

Members of the DBG are welcome to found Sections in specialized fields (see §6, statutes). In addition to the Congress "Botanikertagung" the Sections organize scientific symposia in their specific field of work. The following Sections have been appointed by the Board:

Membership in the Sections

Affiliation with a Section is not obligatory for members of the German Botanical Society (DBG). In addition to the membership fee for the DBG, some Sections charge an additional annual membership fee to be able to fulfill their mission. However, for new members, a separate Section membership for up to three years is possible, before finally also joining DBG.

About us in brief

The Section promotes science and higher education in physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology of plants. It supports communication among its members via a mailing list and supports young scientists.

Every year the Section organises a scientific meeting, the wellknown "Conference of Molecular Biology of Plants". On its website the Section Plantphysiology and Molecular Biology posts their meetings and conferences, lists the advantages of being a member and presents actual information via its twitter account.

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Activities

The Section promotes Mycology including Lichenology in all aspects. It organizes a workshop every other year in alternation with the conferences of the Botanikertagung of the DBG.

New Name of the Section

On the member assembly on October 1st 2013 during the Botanikertagung at Tübingen, Germany, the Section decided to change its name into „Section for interactions (former Section of mycology and lichenology)”. Members also agreed to keep this name for two years from now on.

Meetings

Archives of former meetings

Former-Interaction-MeetingsMembership

Members receive direct information about the activities of the Section during the Botanikertagung mainly concerning symposia and workshops.

At the moment membership in the section is free of fees.

How to become a member?

Prerequisite for a membership in the Section is a membership in the German Botanical Society (DBG). To become a member, please write an informal letter to the speaker of the Section.

Statutes

The Section has its onw statutes besides the statutes of the DBG. Sorry, at present we have no English version of our statutes. Please refer to the German version of the statutes (pdf file).

Section Meeting 2014

This year themeeting of the young scientists took place as a Strasburger Workshop [Link] and was entitled "Postgraduate workshop of the section „Pflanzliche Naturstoffe“. It was held from 9 21st to 23rd 2014 at Nuremberg youth hostel located at the Nuremberg Castle. Topics were:
Small Natural Products: Biochemistry, genetics, ecology, chemistry, evolution

Section Meeting 2013

In the year 2013 Section's members met during the Botanikertagung at Tübingen.

Section Meeting 2012

The Section's meeting entitled „Pflanzliche Naturstoffe“ took place from September 30th to October 2nd 2012 at Michaeliskloster in Hildesheim. Topics were: Biochemistry, genetics, ecology, chemistry, evolution and applications of natural products.

Section Meeting 2014

The meeting of the section will be organized in conjunction with the „Dreiländertagung“ of the German Society for Mycology (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Mykologie, DGfM) at Mettlach-Orscholz (Saarland, Germany) from 29th September to 1st October 2014. 

Meeting 2013

All members are invited to join the meeting of the Section on 1st October 2013 during the Botanikertagung in the Kupferbau building, University of Tübingen, Germany.

Section Meeting 2012

Scientific meeting of the Section took place in co-operation with the German Mycological Society: 1st - 7th October 2012 at Kloster Drübeck, Harz, Germany. The scientific part of the programm took place on October 1st to 3rd.

Sorry, at present we have no English version of the statutes. Please refer to the German version.

01. Nov 2013

Sektion ändert ihren Namen und lädt alle Interaktionsforscher ein

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Die Mitgliederversammlung der Sektion Mykologie und Lichenologie beschloss auf ihrer Mitgliederversammlung am 1.10.2013 ihren Namen in "Sektion für Interaktionen zu ändern. Diskutiert wurde der Namenswechsel schon seit Mai und damit vor dem Treffen auf der Botanikertagung in Tübingen (vgl: Actualia-Bericht 16.5.2013). Insbesondere wurde über den Vorschlag „Sektion für Pilz-Pflanz-Interaktion“ während der Mitgliederversammlung debattiert und eine Ausweitung in „Sektion für Interaktionen“ – um auch andere Interkationen einzuschließen – angedacht. Deshalb führt die Sektion für die nächsten zwei Jahre einen Doppelnamen „Sektion für Interaktionen (ehemals Sektion Mykologie und Lichenologie)“. Der Sprecher der Sektion, Prof. Dr. Dominik Begerow, lädt alle an Interaktionen zwischen Pflanzen und anderen Organismen forschenden Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler ein, sich der Sektion anzuschließen und das nächste Sektionstreffen aktiv mitzugestalten. Über Ihre Vorschläge zur Themenfindung und weitere Anregungen freut sich der Sprecher im Namen aller Sektionsmitglieder. E-Mail: dominik.begerow[at]rub.de

17. May 2013

Umbenennung der Sektion Mykologie und Lichenologie

Interaktionen zwischen Pilzen und Pflanzen und ihren Forschern

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Die Sektion "Mykologie und Lichenologie" diskutiert derzeit darüber, den Namen der Sektion in "Pilz-Pflanze Interaktionen" umzubenennen, um den Forschungsschwerpunkten innerhalb der DBG Rechnung zu tragen. Der Sprecher der Sektion, Prof. Dr. Dominik Begerow, lädt dazu ein, an der Versammlung der Sektion während der Botanikertagung teilzunehmen, während der er die weiteren Aktivitäten der Sektion vorstellen, diskutieren und mit allen Interessierten abstimmen möchte. Welchen Hintergrund dies hat und welche neuen Aktivitäten in der Sektion durch Ihr Kommen angestoßen werden können, schildert Begerow in einem kurzen Artikel und freut sich auf Ihr Kommen, Ihr Feedback und Ihre Anregungen.

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02. Jan 2012

Algal of the year: The Stoneworts (Chara species) – pioneers and keystone species under threat

The stonewort Chara horrida had disappeared from German waters in 1980 but has now been rediscovered by algal researchers in the Bodden Waters off the Baltic island of Hiddensee . The alga which can be up to 40 cm in length has so many spines that its main axis is hardly visible (see image below) which has resulted in its descriptive German common name ‘struppig’ which means ‘bristly’ or ‘rugged’. Photo: © Sven Dahlke, Biologische Station Hiddensee, Germany.

Stoneworts belonging to the genus Chara are algae of the year 2012. They were selected by algal researchers of the Phycology Section of the German Botanical Society because members of this genus represent so many different algal life strategies. According to algal expert Dr Irmgard Blindow from the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University Greifswald, some Chara species are able to conquer new aquatic habitats as ‘pioneers’ whilst others exhibit very specific growth requirements, and once having colonised an area, can shape an ecosystem. The decision to declare Chara ‘Algae of the year’ acknowledges the importance of this group of algae which comprises 20 native species included in the Red List of threatened species.

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26. Mar 2015

The Sea Lettuce Ulva only gets in shape with the right bacteria

The genus Ulva grows as a tube or a ‘lettuce’ flat, sheet-like blade, as shown for these species collected at the Portuguese coast. The interactions between the juvenile algae and bacteria can be studied under controlled conditions in the laboratory (right). Photos and © Thomas Wichard, University Jena

Ulva, a sea lettuce found in all oceans of the world, became ‘Alga of the Year 2015’. This marine green alga either grows in form of ribbons or of blades but only if the right bacteria induce certain developmental programs. How the alga ensures this is described on the Section's website.

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06. Jan 2014

Chlamydomonas reinhardtii - a fast swimmer serves as a model organism

The video shows the helical movements of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii in the light microscope. Related to its body index C. reinhardtii swims approx. 12 times faster than the world record holder in 50-m breast-stroke swimming.

Phycologists of the Botanical Society of Germany have selected Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as alga of the year 2014. This unicellular green alga is distributed throughout the world, is able to sense light, is a fast swimmer and is highly appreciated by algal and plant researchers as well as medical scientists as a model organism. Chlamydomonas even provides the basis for the establishment of novel scientific areas in neurobiology and medicine, such as optogenetics where genetically modified cells are applied as ‘light switches’. The Phycology Section introduces the model organism on its website.

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02. Jan 2013

Alga of the year 2013: The microalga Lingulodinium polyedrum illuminates the sea

Blue bioluminescence caused by blooms of Lingulodinium polyedrum in surface waters near San Diego on the Californian coast in 2011. Photo: With kind permission by Christopher J. Wills, University of California , San Diego

Phycologists have chosen a new alga of the year: the unicellular alga Lingulodinium polyedrum. This dinoflagellate has an armoured plate and two flagella and fascinates not only scientists but also seafarers and beach walkers as is capable of illuminating the sea at night with a bluish light. Algal scientists who are organized in the German Phycological Section of the German Botanical Society want to honour this special algal species. Dr Mona Hoppenrath from the German Centre for Marine Biodiversity (DZMB) at the marine section of the Senckenberg Institute explains this fascinating feature: the species has the ability to auto-luminesce, possesses a distinct diurnal rhythm and can be used as a sensor for water quality.

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Alga of the year 2011: Fragilariopsis cylindrus loves the extremes

Nine individual cells of Fragilariopsis cylindrus next to each other. Each cell contains two chloroplasts which used to produce energy in the process called photosynthesis. The accessory pigment fucoxanthin gives the chloroplasts their brown colour. Light microscopy: Dr Gerhard Dieckmann, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Germany

Algal researchers from the Phycology Section have declared the diatom Fragilariopsis cylindrus alga of the year 2011. ‘We are fascinated by this species because it can survive and even reproduce within the ice of the polar seas, one of the most extreme habitats on earth’ argues Professor Dr Peter Kroth from the University of Konstanz. Kroth is Chair of the Phycology Section of the German Botanical Society.

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08. Dec 2009

Batrachospermum indicates clear waters

Am Zentralfaden entspringen in regelmäßigen Abständen dicht gedrängte Wirtel, die der Froschlaichalge, Batrachospermum, ein perlschnurartiges Aussehen verleihen. Sie bestehen aus verzweigten Zellfäden. Mikroskopische Aufnahme: Dr. Johanna Knappe, Philipps-Universität Marburg)

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Froschlaichalgen der Gattung Batrachospermum werden immer rarer, da ihr Lebensraum schwindet. Die Algenexperten der Sektion Phykologie stellen die Alge vor und möchten auf diese gefährdete Pflanze unserer heimischen Gewässer aufmerksam machen.

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21. Jan 2009

Alga of the year 2009: Emiliania huxleyi – an algal dwarf which impacts on the global climate

Algal bloom off the coast of Iceland , documented by NASA. The turquoise traces in the water suggest that billions of Emiliania huxleyi are present in the phytoplankton. Photo: NASA/GSFC, MODIS Rapid Response

Algal researchers of the German Botanical Society have chosen Emiliania huxleyi as ‘alga of the year‘ to highlight its importance as a global key organism.

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08. Apr 2008

Micrasterias immortal but in the Red Data Book for endangered species

Micrasterias furcata has a diameter of only 0.2 millimeters and occurs in boggy areas. It is classified as ‘endangered’ according to the Red Data Book of 2008. Since it was first discovered and described by scientists it has been observed only in three locations in Germany. The species is classified as ‘near threatened’ in Austria. (Image: Dr. Monika Engels, desmid algal collection, University of Hamburg)

Algal researchers of the Phycology Section of the German Botanical Society have chosen the desmid Micrasterias as ‘Alga of the Year 2008’. Micrasterias, the name derived from Greek meaning ‘little star’, is a highly threatened, but species-rich and morphologically extremely diverse, genus of green algae. They entirely depend on the presence of unspoilt freshwater bodies for their existence.

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03. Apr 2007

Kelp Laminaria nominated "Alga of the year 2007"

During low water, the Oar Weed may be emersed (Laminaria digitata), like here, on the shores of Helgoland . Individual algae may grow to four metres in length. Clearly visible on the photograph is the finger-like blade after which it is named. The base of the blade is wedge-shaped, which distinguishes it from Laminaria hyperborea with its heart-shaped base of the blade. (Photo: Annekatrin Enge, Biological Institute Helgoland of the Alfred-Wegener-Institute)

Members of the Phycology Section of the German Botanical Society who conduct research on algae nominate the seaweed Laminaria as ‘Alga of the year’: the kelp Laminaria can reach lengths of several metres. It forms, together with other macroalgal species, large underwater forests in the sea (so-called ‘kelp forests’). Kelps contain alginic acid which has several applications as stabilising agents in many food and cosmetic products. In contrast to other plants, kelps grow mainly in winter when sunlight is sparse. Algae take up the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and are the most important oxygen producers of the world.

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Section Meeting 2015

In 2015 Section's members met during the Botanikertagung at the technical University of Munich (TUM) in Freising, Germany, were Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kreis was elected to be the first speaker of the Section.

Conference in 1988

1st Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization:  Herrmann, Feix, Willmitzer

Conference hotel: Sporthotel Sonnenbichl, Warmensteinach im Fichtelgebirge

Conference in 2015

28th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Sauter, Schaller, Ludwig-Müller

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

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Conference in 2014

27th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization:  Schumacher, Sauter, Schaller

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

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Conference in 2013

26th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Mendel, Schumacher, Sauter

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

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Conference in 1989

2nd Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Willmitzer, Herrmann, Feix

Conference hotel: Sporthotel Sonnenbichl, Warmensteinach im Fichtelgebirge

Conference in 2012

25th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Kudla, Mendel, Schumacher

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

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Conference in 2007

20th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Bonas, Sauer, Hedrich 

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

Conference in 2008

21st Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Sauer, Hedrich, Piechulla

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

Conference in 2009

22nd Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Hedrich, Piechulla, Feussner

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

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Conference in 2010

23rd Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Piechulla, Feussner, Kudla

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

Conference report in detail by Professor Dr. Ivo Feußner, Martin Fulda and Ingo Heilmann at the DBG-website

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Conference in 2002

15th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Sonnewald, Reski, Herrmann

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

Conference in 2003

16th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Reski, Herrmann, Kück

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

Conference in 2004

17th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Herrmann, Kück, Neuhaus

Tagungshotel Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

Conference in 2005

18th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Kück, Neuhaus, Bonas

Tagungshotel Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

 

Conference in 2006

19th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Neuhaus, Bonas, Sauer

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

 

Conference in 1999

12th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Flügge, Gatz, Apel

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

 

Conference in 1997

10th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Börner, Mühlbach, Flügge

Hotel Stadt Wernigerode, Wernigerode im Harz

Conference in 1998

11th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Mühlbach, Flügge, Gatz

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

Conference in 2000

13th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Gatz, Apel, Sonnewald

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

Conference in 2001

14th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of Organization: Apel, Sonnewald, Reski

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

Conference in 1990

3rd Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Willmitzer and Herrmann, Schöffl, Westhoff

Conference hotel: Sporthotel Sonnenbichl, Warmensteinach im Fichtelgebirge

Conference in 1991

4th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Schöffl, Westhoff, Wienand

Conference hotel: Hotel Dahl, Niederbachem im Siebengebierge

Conference in 1993

6th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Wienand, Wobus, Hemleben

Hotel Stadt Wernigerode, Wernigerode im Harz

Conference in 1994

7th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Wobus, Brennicke, Hemleben

Hotel Stadt Wernigerode, Wernigerode im Harz

Conference in 1996

9th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Brennicke, Börner, Mühlbach

Hotel Stadt Wernigerode, Wernigerode im Harz

Conference in 1992

5th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Westhoff, Wienand, Wobus

Conference hotel: Hotel Dahl, Niederbachem im Siebengebierge

Conference in 1995

8th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Brennicke, Hemleben, Börner

Hotel Stadt Wernigerode, Wernigerode im Harz

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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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06. Jan 2016

Sea Ice Alga Melosira arctica – winner or loser of climate change?

Many unicellular Melosira arctica are coated from jellyies are hanging under an ice floe. Foto und ©: Julian Gutt, AWI

One of the most important microalgal species from the Arctic Ocean, Melosira arctica, has been nominated “Alga of the Year” by the German Phycology Section of the DBG. Scientists will use Melosira as a model to understand consequences of climate change. “Currently no one can foresee whether Melosira will benefit or suffer from the melting of sea ice, and nobody knows why it is so productive under such hostile conditions,” says biologist Klaus Valentin from the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI). He is a Member of the Phycological Section within the Germany Botanical Society, which selected Melosira as Alga of the year 2016.

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Statutes

Sorry, the Statutes of the Section Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology in the DBG are available in German language only.

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Conference 2016

29th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Schaller, Ludwig-Müller, Weber

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

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Speaker

Chairwoman / Speaker of the Phycology Section

Dr. Regine Jahn is Head of the Diatom Research Group and Senior Curator for Algae at the Botanic Garden und Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem (BGBM), Freie Universität Berlin. Her research is on freshwater diatom diversity, taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography. Establishing a diatom taxonomic reference library with micro-morphological and DNA-Barcoding data for environmental DNA-Baroding and bioindication as well as a global registration of new algae names are the current projects of her group. She studied Biology and English in Berlin and the USA, and received her ScD at the Freie Universität Berlin. Since 1991 she is working at the BGBM Berlin in different functions.

Research Focus

Identification, Taxanomy, Phylogeny and Biogeography of Diatoms
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Kontakt

Dr. Regine Jahn
Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Freie Universität Berlin
Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8
D-14195 Berlin
Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)30-838-50142
E-Mail: r.jahn[at]bgbm.org
Web: http://www.bgbm.org/en/staff/regine-jahn">http://www.bgbm.org/en/staff/regine-jahn

The speaker of the Phycological Section is a member of the extended board of the DBG.

Deputy speaker

Prof. Dr. Maria Mittag. Photo: private

Deputy speaker of the Phycology Section

Maria Mittag is professor and head of the Institute of General Botany and Plant Physiology at Friedrich Schiller University Jena. Her main focus is on the molecular mechanism of circadian clocks, light signaling and functional proteomics in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and recently in the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. She received her PhD from University Erlangen-Nürnberg in 1991 for her work on the yeast fatty acid synthetase complex. From 1991-1994, she worked at Harvard University, Cambridge (USA) as postdoc and then research associate on the mechanism of circadian bioluminescence in a dinoflagellate alga. 1994-2001 she was at Ludwig Maximilians University München where she did her habilitation and started to work on circadian rhythms in Chlamydomonas. 2001 she moved to Jena.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Maria Mittag
Institut für Allgemeine Botanik, Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena
Am Planetarium 1
07743 Jena
Germany
Phone: ++49 (0)3641-949201
E-mail: M.Mittag[at]uni-jena.de

Section Meeting 2016

The workshop for postgraduates of the Section Natural Products in the DBG took place in Parkhotel Schloss Meisdorf, near Falkenstein in Saxony-Anhalt, from 11th to 13th September 2016. Entitled „Biology of Small Molecule Natural Products” the event brought together young scientists who investigate secondary plant constituents and natural products. It was organized by PD Dr. Hans-Peter Mock from IPK Gatersleben from Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research.

Secreatary

Andreas Holzinger. Photo: Klaus Herburger

Secreatary of the Phycology Section

Andreas Holzinger is associate Professor at the Institute of Botany, University of Innsbruck, Austria. His research focus is on survival strategies of streptophyte green algae (Klebsormidium, Zygnema), leading to successful terrestrialization. This research involves studies of desiccation tolerance, light-and UV tolerance at a cell biological, physiological and molecular level. He received his PhD in 1995 form the University of Salzburg, Austria, for a work on microinjection in Micrasterias. During his postdoc years he had several scientific stays abroad e.g. University of Massachusetts, USA; University of British Columbia, Canada. In 2002 he moved to Innsbruck, Austria, where he received Habilitation in 2007 and started his own research group on ‘Plant Cell Biology’. 

Research Projects

Colonization of Land by Conjugating Green Algae: https://www.uibk.ac.at/botany/research/biodiversity/aeroterrestrial_algae/conjugating_green_algae.html.de">https://www.uibk.ac.at/botany/research/biodiversity/aeroterrestrial_algae/conjugating_green_algae.html.de

 

Desiccation Tolerance of Aeroterrestrial Green Algae: www.uibk.ac.at/botany/research/biodiversity/aeroterrestrial_algae/desiccation.html.de

 

Kontakt

Assoz.-Prof. Dr. Andreas Holzinger
Forschungsgruppe Zellbiologie der Pflanzen
Universität Innsbruck
Institut für Botanik
Forschungsgruppe Zellbiologie der Pflanzen
Sternwartestraße 15
6020 Innsbruck
Austria
Phone: +43 (512) 507-51028
Fax: +43 (512) 507-51099
E-mail: Andreas.Holzinger[at]uibk.ac.at
Web: https://www.uibk.ac.at/botany/units_research_groups/cell_biology.html.de">https://www.uibk.ac.at/botany/units_research_groups/cell_biology.html.de

Graduate Assessor

Graduate Assessor of the Phycology Section

Karin Glaser's main research focusses on terrestrial microorganisms, their ecology and functional role in the ecosystems. She analyses biodiversity with a set of molecular methods. At the moment, she is working on microorganism associations in soil crusts, which are composed of algae, cyanobacteria, fungi, protists and heterotrophic bacteria. How the ecological functions of biological soil crusts are related to biodiversity is her current research question. She studied Biology in Leipzig and did her PhD at the Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research in Leipzig (UFZ). Since 2014 she is working in Rostock.

Contact

Dr. Karin Glaser
Lehrstuhl Angewandte Ökologie & Phykologie
Albert-Einstein-Str. 3
18059 Rostock
Germany
Tel: ++49 (0)381-498 6093
E-Mail: karin.glaser[at]uni-rostock.de

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Treasurer

Maike Lorenz. Photo: Sascha Bubner

Treasurer of the Phycology Section

Maike Lorenz's main research interests are closely connected to her position as a curator of Culture Collection of Algae at Göttingen University (SAG). This includes: isolation, identification, cultivation and cryopreservation of micro- and macroalgae, practices and networking of Biological Resource Centres (BRC), search for algae as test and model organisms and research in algal biotechnology. Maike Lorenz received her PhD in Marine Botany from the University of Hamburg (Germany) in 1999 for her work on endogenous rhythms in marine macroalgae. She worked at Biologische Anstalt Helgoland and at Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven (AWI), Germany. Since 1999 she is a senior research scientist and senior lecturer in the Dept. of Experimental Phycology and SAG at Georg-August University Göttingen.

Contact

Dr. Maike Lorenz
Georg-August Universität Göttingen
Sammlung von Algenkulturen (SAG)
Nikolausberger Weg 18
37073 Göttingen
Germany
Phone: +49 (0)551 39-5740
E-mail: mlorenz[at]uni-goettingen.de
Web: https://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/staff-students-and-alumni/45176.html">https://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/staff-students-and-alumni/45176.html

Assessor

Claudia Büchel. Photo: private

Assessor of the Phycology Section

Claudia Büchel holds a Chair at the Department of Biological Sciences at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. After studying Biology in Mainz, she completed her PhD on the photosynthetic apparatus of a xanthophyte alga. During her first PostDoc position in Szeged, Hungary, she used spectroscopic methods to further study the light harvesting in xanthophytes. This was followed by a period of four years at Imperial College in London, where she used electron microscopy to elucidate the structure of photosynthetic proteins. Having received a Heisenberg Fellowship from the DFG, she worked at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt from 2001 to 2004. Since then she is at the Goethe University Frankfurt, working on the light-harvesting systems and the regulation of photosynthesis in diatoms.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Claudia Büchel
Institut für Molekulare Biowissenschaften
Universität Frankfurt
Max-von-Laue-Straße 9
Biozentrum
60438 Frankfurt
Germany
Phone: +49 69 798 29602
E-mail: C.Buechel[at]bio.uni-frankfurt.de
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FEPS Delegate

Peter Kroth. Photo. private

Delegate of the Federation of European Phycological Societies (FEPS)

Peter Kroth is Professor for plant Ecophysiology at the University of Konstanz since 2001. His main interests are the physiology, metabolism, and molecular biology of algae, especially diatoms.  Peter received his PhD 1993 from the University of Düsseldorf, Germany, on his work on the distribution of ATPase genes in diatoms. From 1995-96, he spent his Post-Doc at the Carnegie Institution of Plant Biology at Stanford, USA, in the lab of Arthur Grossman. Back in Germany, he received his Habilitation in Plant Biology in 2000. Shortly after, he became Full Professor at the University of Konstanz. Peter has been the Speaker of the Phycology Section from 2007-2012, serves as Associate Editor of several phycological journals, and is member of the Federation of European Phycological Societies (FEPS). 

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Prof. Dr. Peter G. Kroth
Plant Ecophysiology
Fachbereich Biologie
Universitaet Konstanz
78457 Konstanz
Germany
Phone: ++49 (0)7531-88-4816
Phone (Sekretariat): ++49 (0)7531-88-4027
Fax: ++49 (0)7531-88-4047
E-mail: Peter.Kroth[at]uni-konstanz.de
Web: http://www.uni-konstanz.de/algae">http://www.uni-konstanz.de/algae

Initiated and established

The Phycology Section was founded in Vienna on the suggestion of Professor Dr. Ludwig Kies, Professor Dr. Eberhard Schnepf, Professor Dr. W. Wiessner und Prof. Dr. J. Willenbrink on 1984. The idea was born during an earlier Botanikertagung of the mother Society DBG. Three month later Professor Kies organised a poll among interested people.

The aim of the Section - to promote Phycology in teaching and research was already documented in its first bylaws. Professor Kies was awarded with the first Hans Adolf von-Stosch Medal for his leading engagement in the founding of the Phycology Section.

Members are able to read the whole German story "gezeugt in Freiburg, geboren in Wien und konfirmiert in Bad Herrenalb" in the Intranet.

Conference 2017

30th Conference "Molecular biology of plants"

Team of organization: Andreas Schaller, Andreas Weber, Dorothee Staiger

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

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04. Jan 2017

Alga of the year 2017: Blue-Green Rock Dweller – ancient and still a pioneer

Cross fractured Beacon sandstone from Antarctica exposing the habitat of the blue-green rock dweller (Chroococcidiopsis) as a green band underneath the surface of the rock (arrows). Photo: Burkhard Büdel, TU Kaiserslautern

The algal researchers of the DBG nominated the Blue-Green Rock Dweller Chroococcidiopsis for the alga of the year 2017. The single celled organism lives inside rocks and lichens, survives extreme climatic conditions and makes hostile environments accessible – today and most likely thousands of millions of years ago as well. While doing so, it paved the way for plants and animals. The blue-green rock dweller, belonging to the cyanobacteria lives like all algae, from sunlight, and is of great interest to ecologists, biotechnologists, and desert- and space researchers. It is the favorite research subject of Prof. Dr. Burkhard Büdel from the University of Kaiserslautern, who has been investigating it for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Phycology Section of the German Society for Plant Sciences, DBG, in which the algal researches are organized and who nominate this year an alga of the year for the tenth time this year.

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Conference 2018

31st Conference "Molecular Biology of Plants"

Team of organization: Andreas Weber, Dorothee Staiger und Stefan Rensing

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

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Klebsormidium: Pendler zwischen scheintot und Wiedererwachen ist Alge des Jahres 2018

In the light microscope the Callose bearing cell walls are visible which allows the alga Klebsormidium dissectum to contract like an accordion. Photo and ©: Andreas Holzinger, Universität Innsbruck

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Die mehrzellige Grünalge Klebsormidium lebt an Land an solchen Orten, wo keine andere Pflanze mehr wachsen kann. Als weltweit verbreiteter Pionier schafft sie neue Lebensräume, was Farmer und Wüstenanrainer nutzen. Forscher interessieren sich für ihre biologischen Tricks, wie sie zwischen leblos und Wiedererwachen hin und her wechselt. Die Professoren Andreas Holzinger (Universität Innsbruck) und Ulf Karsten (Universität Rostock) erforschen in enger Kooperation die Fähigkeiten, die die Alge vor Austrocknung und gefährlichen UV-Strahlen schützt. Beide sind Mitglieder der Sektion Phykologie der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft (DBG), die Klebsormidium zur Alge des Jahres 2018 kürte.

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Speakers of the Section

Please feel free to contact the speakers if you have any questions about the Phycology Section in the DBG.

Chairperson

Prof. Dr. Maria Mittag
Matthias-Schleiden-Institut, Allgemeine Botanik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Am Planetarium 1
07743 Jena
Germany
Tel.: ++49 (0)3641-949201
E-Mail: M.Mittag[at]uni-jena.de
Web: http://www.botanik.uni-jena.de/

Vice Chairperson

Prof. Dr. Claudia Büchel
Institut für Molekulare Biowissenschaften
Universität Frankfurt
Max-von-Laue-Straße 9
Biozentrum
60438 Frankfurt
Germany
Phone: +49 69 798 29602
E-mail: C.Buechel[at]bio.uni-frankfurt.de

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Assessor

Thomas Leya. Photo: Fraunhofer IZI-BB

Assessor of the Phycology Section

Thomas Leya manages the Extremophile Research group and is the curator of the Culture Collection of Cryophilic Algae (CCCryo) at the Fraunhofer IZI-BB in Potsdam. Main topics of his research are cold-adapted microalgae from polar and high alpine regions of our planet. He addresses taxonomic and phylogenetic questions as well as applied aspects based on the adaptation mechanisms of this extremophile algae group. He transfers the results from this applied field into industrial products such as active components in cosmetics, omega-3-fatty acids and pigments for the food sector. Genomics and transcriptomics complete his research topics on snow algae. After an education as an export trader, Leya studied biology in Hamburg and performed field studies on antifouling substances from marine red algae in Sydney (Australia). Since 1999 he works with snow algae and founded the algae collection CCCryo. In 2003, he did his doctorate on snow algae from Spitsbergen at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Since 2004 Leya is group manager at the Fraunhofer Society. Since 2017 he is also active as an expert for algae identification at the DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung e.V.).

Research Focus

Identification, Taxonomy, Phylogeny, Adaptation Mechanisms, Genomics and Transkriptomics of Snow and Permafrost Algae https://www.izi-bb.fraunhofer.de/de/forschungsfelder/zellfreie-und-zellbasierte-bioproduktion/cccryo---mikroalgen-als-bioressource.html and http://cccryo.fraunhofer.de/

Contact

Dr. Thomas Leya
Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology, Branch Bioanalytics and Bioprocesses (IZI-BB)
Am Mühlenberg 13
D-14476 Potsdam-Golm
Email: thomas.leya[at]izi-bb.fraunhofer.de

Speaker

Prof. Dr. Maria Mittag. Photo: private

Speaker of the Phycology Section

Maria Mittag is professor of General Botany and head of the Matthias Schleiden Institute for Genetics, Bioinformatics and Molecular Botany at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. Her main focus is on the molecular mechanism of circadian clocks, light signaling and functional proteomics in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and recently in the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum. She also works on the interaction of green algae with other microbes. She received her PhD from University Erlangen-Nürnberg in 1991 for her work on the yeast fatty acid synthetase complex. From 1991-1994, she worked at Harvard University, Cambridge (USA) as postdoc and then research associate on the mechanism of circadian bioluminescence in a dinoflagellate alga. 1994-2001 she was at Ludwig Maximilians University München where she did her habilitation and started to work on circadian rhythms in Chlamydomonas. 2001 she moved to Jena.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Maria Mittag
Matthias Schleiden Institute
Allgemeine Botanik
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Am Planetarium 1
07743 Jena
Germany
Phone: ++49 (0)3641-949201
E-mail: M.Mittag[at]uni-jena.de

Deputy Speaker

Claudia Büchel. Photo: private

Deputy Speaker of the Phycology Section

Claudia Büchel holds a Chair at the Department of Biological Sciences at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. After studying Biology in Mainz, she completed her PhD on the photosynthetic apparatus of a xanthophyte alga. During her first PostDoc position in Szeged, Hungary, she used spectroscopic methods to further study the light harvesting in xanthophytes. This was followed by a period of four years at Imperial College in London, where she used electron microscopy to elucidate the structure of photosynthetic proteins. Having received a Heisenberg Fellowship from the DFG, she worked at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt from 2001 to 2004. Since then she is at the Goethe University Frankfurt, working on the light-harvesting systems and the regulation of photosynthesis in diatoms.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Claudia Büchel
Institut für Molekulare Biowissenschaften
Universität Frankfurt
Max-von-Laue-Straße 9
Biozentrum
60438 Frankfurt
Germany
Phone: +49 69 798 29602
E-mail: C.Buechel[at]em.uni-frankfurt.de
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Conference 2019

Participants of the 32nd Conference in Dabringhausen (please click to enlarge)

32nd Conference "Molecular Biology of Plants"

Team of organization: Dorothee Staiger, Stefan Rensing and Rüdiger Hell

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

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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
Germany
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
Germany
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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Speakers

Prof. Dr. Ute Wittstock
TU Braunschweig
Institut für Pharmazeutische Biologie
Mendelssohnstrasse 1
D-38106 Braunschweig
Germany
Phone: +49 (0)531 391 5681
E-Mail: u.wittstock[at]tu-braunschweig.de 
Web: http://134.169.98.131/ipb/mitarbeiter/mitarbeiter_detail_fiona.asp?id=4&cname=

Prof. Dr. Maike Petersen
Institut für Pharmazeutische Biologie und Biotechnologie
Philipps-Universität Marburg
Deutschhausstraße 17A
35037 Marburg
Germany
Phone: ++49-(0)6421 2825821
E-Mail: petersen[at]uni-marburg.de
Maike Petersen group's website

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Speaker and Secretary

Speaker

Prof. Dr. Dirk Selmar
Technische Universität Braunschweig
Institut für Angewandte Pflanzenbiologie
Mendelssohnstraße 4
38106 Braunschweig
Phone: ++49 (0)531-391-5881
Email: d.selmar[at]tu-bs.de
Website: https://www.tu-braunschweig.de/ifp/selmar

Deputy Speaker

Dr. Helmut Kassner
Uni Hamburg, Biozentrum Klein Flottbek, Abt. Nutzpflanzenbiologie
Ohnhorststr. 18
D-22609 Hamburg
Phone: +49 (0)40 42816 349
Email: helmut.kassner[at]uni-hamburg.de
Website: https://www.biologie.uni-hamburg.de/biozentrum-klein-flottbek/forschung/bdnp-cierjacks/mitarbeiter/m-cierjacks/hkassner.html

Secretary

Prof. Dr. Jutta Papenbrock
Institut für Botanik
Leibniz Universität Hannover
Herrenhäuser Str. 2, 30419 Hannover
Phone: ++49 (0)511 762 3788
Fax: ++49 (0)511 762 19262
Email: Jutta.Papenbrock[at]botanik.uni-hannover.de
Website: https://www.botanik.uni-hannover.de/stoffwechsel.html?&L=1

About us

The section Natural Products brings together scientists of several generations who are interested in various aspects of natural products research ranging from biosynthesis over physiological and ecological function and evolution to biotechnological production of natural plant products. The sections furthers scientific exchange between its members and supports early career scientists.

Activities

Members of the section receive information about activities of the section, section meetings, workshops and relevant job announcements via Email.

Scientific meetings

The section Natural Products meets every second year (alternating with Botanikertagung) for a symposium. These meetings provide a nice platform for scientific exchange and  are especially devoted to young scientists. PhD students and postdocs have the opportunity to present their work, to discuss it in an informal atmosphere and to build their scientific network.

The next section meeting will be held in Jena, Germany, on October 02-04, 2020.

Membership

Members pay a yearly fee of 10 €. Members of our head organisation, Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft (DBG), can become a member of our section through the DBG website.

Please contact the section's speakers if you have questions, suggestions or requests.

Conference 2020

Participants of the 33rd Conference in Dabringhausen. Photo: Pavlína Miklankova (please click to enlarge)

33rd Conference "Molecular Biology of Plants"

Team of organization: Stefan Rensing, Rüdiger Hell, Marcel Quint

Conference hotel: Haus Maria in der Aue, Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land

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Mailing List

Our mailing list offers a convenient way to contact your colleagues in this Section. You can reach all members to spread your job offers or conference invitations by writing an e-mail to the Section's speaker who will distribute your contents.

Please remember to include the link to the website where further information is provided.

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Conference 2021

34th Conference "Molecular Biology of Plants"

Team of organization: Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Hell, Prof. Dr. Marcel Quint, Prof. Dr. Ute Höcker, Prof. Dr. Andreas Meyer, Marcel Quint

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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
Germany
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
Germany
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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19. Mar 2021

Symposium at DGfM's meeting

Our Section will organise a scientific symposium during the next meeting of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Mykologie (DGfM) at Blaubeuren, Germany, on 6th and 7th October 2021. Section speaker Prof. Dr. Dominik Begerow welcomes the international guests:

  • Dr. M. Cathy Aime, Purdue University, USA;
  • Dr J. Jennifer Luangsaard, BIOTEC, Thailand;
  • Prof. Dr. Pedro Crous, WFBI, Utrecht, Netherlands;
  • Dr. Miroslav Kolařík, Czech Academy of Science, Czech Republic;
  • Prof. Dr. Cobus Visagie, FABI, Pretoria, South Africa.

Registrations until 30th April can profit from the early bird rate. Updates shortly at DGfM's website

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About us

Algae researchers have joined in the Phycology Section of the DBG. The Section conducts scientific research on micro- and macroalgae and investigate - amongst other topics - physiological taxonomic, ecological, and molecular issues. Its main goals are to promote research on algae, to support young scientists, and to facilitate scientific discussions on algae, a fascinating group of organisms.

Every two years they organise a meeting with phycological topics. They also arrange contacts to specialists for media persons and publishes information on the “alga of the year”, in which a species is introduced to lay audiences. The Section is one of the founding members of the Federation of European Phycological Societies (FEPS). It offers an individual website.

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Spokespersons of the Section

Speaker

Prof. Dr. Elvira Hörandl
University of Goettingen
Albrecht-von-Haller Institute for Plant Sciences
Department of Systematics, Biodiversity and Evolution of Plants (with Herbarium)
Untere Karspuele 2
D-37073 Goettingen
Germany
Phone: +49 (0)551 / 39 7843
E-Mail: Elvira.Hoerandl [at] biologie.uni-goettingen.de
Web: https://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/153591.html

Deputy Speakers

Dr. Natalia Tkach
Institut für Biologie/Geobotanik und Botanischer Garten
Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
E-Mail: natalia.tkach[at]botanik.uni-halle.de

Dr. Anze Zerdoner Calasan
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Faculty of Biology
Systematics, Biodiversity and Evolution of Plants
Menzinger Str. 67
D-80638 München
Germany
Phone: +49 (0)89 17861 194
E-Mail: A.Zerdoner [at] lmu.de
Website: https://www.en.sysbot.bio.lmu.de/people/posphd/zerdoner/index.html