Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology

Who We are

The Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPI-MP) was founded in 1994 and employs about 360 people from all over the world, who put their combined efforts into elucidating the secrets of plants. The overall goal is to understand how growth and metabolism are regulated, to learn how they respond to environmental factors, and to unravel genetic factors that underlie these processes and responses. To achieve this, it is not only necessary to understand the functions of individual genes, but also the molecular details of individual processes like the uptake of nutrients, the structure, storage, transport and mobilization of plant components, and the regulation of individual processes. It is essential to learn how these different processes interact in networks and to develop approaches that provide quantitative information and a predictive understanding of these complex networks.

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What We Do in the Project

In the HealthyDiets4Africa project, the MPI-MP is involved in the following tasks:

  • Assessing metabolic composition in rice as well as unutilized crops
  • Bio-fortification of vitamins in rice
  • De-novo domestication of Oryza barthii

Our Project Team

Prof. Dr. Alisdair R. Fernie
Principal Investigator, Biochemist

Mustafa Bulut
Plant Scientist