The Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences

The Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences – from complex traits towards synthetic modules CEPLAS,  is developing innovative strategies for sustainable plant cultivation. The cluster is working with internationally renowned scientists of the Universities of Cologne and Düsseldorf, of the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research as well as of the Forschungszentrum Jülich.

Climate change and the growing population of the earth are slowly limiting the resources necessary for the cultivation of crops, such as arable land, water and nutrients. The scientists at CEPLAS are therefore working on a fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of plant adaptation and are researching resource-efficient plant growth. They are analysing both natural existing and genetically cultivated variations of plants.

In addition, CEPLAS will establish new training programmes for students, PhD students and post-docs. By bringing together plant and micro-biologists, computer scientists, mathematicians and theoretical physicists, the universities of Düsseldorf and Cologne are training the next generation of biologists. In this approach, the lines between experimental and theoretical biology are blurred and hence, new foundations laid for predictive and synthetic biology.

Professor Dr. Andreas Weber of the University of Düsseldorf is CEPLAS' speaker.



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