Laboratory of Molecular Biology

The Laboratory of Molecular Biology has several research groups that are active at different areas of plant molecular biology. Their research programs aim to understand fundamental processes of plant biology and to use this fundamental knowledge in applied projects. Advanced techniques based on fluorescence microscopy are used in many of the ongoing projects in order to be able to study processes within cells.

Our Research

Since its origin in 1972, the department of Molecular Biology has made major contributions to the development of molecular biological technology for fundamental and applied research. Over the past three decades students conducting research at our department have found positions in a wide variety of research areas including medical research, plant and animal sciences and biotechnology.

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Bacterial invasion of plant cells

During the Rhizobium-legume symbiosis Rhizobium bacteria are taken up into the cytoplasm of nodule cells, where they are hosted in new organelle-like membrane compartments, called symbiosomes. The intracellular accommodation of bacteria in plant cells is unique to the nodule symbiosis and somewhat resembles the invasion of human and animal cells by pathogenic bacteria.

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