Plant Cell Biology

Research within the ‘Plant Cell Biology' group is focused on cellular signalling in plant stress and development.

We investigate the molecular and cellular basis of the plant's response to stress; How are signal transduction cascades organised in the cell and how do they lead to changes in the plant's development and stress tolerance? Focus areas are:


1. Phospholipid Signalling in Plant Stress & Development - One of the key events in the response of plants to many stress conditions is the formation of lipid second messengers, including PA, PIP and PIP2. We are investigating how, when and where these lipid signals are generated, how enzymes that make-and-remove them are regulated, and how these lipid second messengers modulate protein function and downstream plant responses at the molecular and cellular level.

  • dr. T. (Teun) Munnik

    Associate Professor | T: 0205257763

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2.​ Cellular mechanisms of salt sensing and developmental plasticity in response to stress - A major question in plant biology is how plant root growth and development are influenced by environmental signals. We approach this subject from different angles, ranging from biophysics of protein-lipid interactions, to cellular signalling and worldwide natural variation in plant stress responses. In particular, we focus on the effects of salinity and drought, and more recently also nutrient starvation, on root system architecture.

  • prof. dr. C.S. (Christa) Testerink

    Guest researcher | T: 0205257790

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Video still Testerink saline growth 1
Video still Testerink saline growth

Published by  Swammerdam Institute

10 January 2018