Current topics at the Department of Molecular Botany

Stefan Binder and his team investigate posttranscriptional processes like 5’ maturation of RNAs in different Arabidopsis thaliana ecotypes. A second topic is the branched-chain amino acid and glucosinolate metabolism in plants. CRISPR-Cas9 systems are applied to manipulate plant metabolism.

Anita Marchfelder and her group are interested in analysing the RNA metabolism of halophilic archaea. Currently the following projects are being worked on using the halophilic archaea Haloferax volcanii and Halorubrum lacusprofundi: The prokaryotic immune system CRISPR/Cas; small regulatory RNAs and ribonucleases.