The Experimental and Computational Plant Development group (ECPD), studies the processes underlying plant development and its adaptation to environmental conditions and stresses.

For this we use a range of approaches varying from molecular biology, physiology, phenotyping and computational modeling and simulation. This interdisciplinary approach enables us to unravel the mechanisms underlying fundamental processes in plant development -e.g. how cells decide which cell type to become or when to grow and divide- as well as the decision logic plants use to process environmental signals and adjust their developmental programs. Obtained insights can be used for the breeding of future-proof crops that depend less on detrimental inputs -large amounts of water, pesticides and nutrients- through an improved capacity to adapt to their environment.

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