Mission of DCPS

Plants are the basis for life on earth. They perceive and transform solar energy, they consume carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, and they provide mankind with food, raw materials and medicine. Today plant life is threatened by extinction of species and rapid climate change. Therefore, understanding, preserving and using plants is of increasing relevance.

The main research objective at the DCPS is to investigate the evolution and function of plant diversity and to design strategies for a prospective sustainable use of natural plant resources. Themes arch from the investigation of diverse cellular processes to protection of the environment and crop improvement.

We focus on two leitmotifs: “Diversity & Function” and “Plant & Environment”.

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Research Groups at DCPS

Research at DCPS

The DCPS aims to use an integrative approach with the goal to achieve a comprehensive understanding of diverse aspects of plant life.

To this end, DCPS unites experts from diverse fields of plant sciences, including genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, plant physiology, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, systematics and taxonomy, pharmaceutical biology, plant geography, and history of botany.

The DCPS supports the starting phase of joint initiatives with the mid-term goal to create new interdisciplinary research projects that are funded by DFG, BMBF, EU or others.

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Regular Activities of DCPS

The DCPS offers its members and students a variety of activities to get into contact with other plant scientists and share ideas and knowledge:

Dahlem Research School