Group of Biophysics and Molecular Plant Biology

The different molecules that are shuttled in the plant do not move voluntarily. They all obey fundamental physical laws. The motivating question of the BPMPB-group is:

Which physical principles play a role in plants’ life?

We are exploring the edge between Physics and Plant Biology and employing in our research a diverse set of techniques from Biophysics, Mathematics, Bioinformatics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Plant Physiology.

Rien ne se fait sans un peu d‘enthousiasme.“ (Voltaire)

From where do plants get their mass?

This fundamental question has already employed researchers for several hundred years; and even today not all details of the complex mechanisms, which play a role in plant growth, are well understood. However, meanwhile it is well known that plants take up water and nutrients via their roots from the soil. And in the leafs plants make use of the photosynthesis to produce sugars from CO2 and water. These sugars are then the basis for further chemical production steps. The cells of a plant are thus small natural chemical factories and as in a "normal" chemical factory the “raw materials” must be delivered to the cells and the "chemical products" in turn must be removed. They are then used at other places in the plant, e.g. in the fruits.

Heisenberg-Group of BioPhysics and Molecular Plant Biology

Institute for Biochemistry and Biology

Molecular Biology

Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24/25, Haus 20

D-14476 Potsdam-Golm


Tel: +49 331 977 2809

Fax: +49 331 977 2512

E-Mail: dreyer at uni-potsdam dot de

Heisenberg-Group of Biophysics and Molecular Plant Biology