targenomix: Development of new plant varieties

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Prof. Dr. Lothar Willmitzer and his fellow scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology play a leading role in the research of signaling pathways and metabolic processes in plant cells. Their work is not only essential for basic research; it also has great economic importance, as it contributes to the development of new plant varieties.

At targenomix, a spin-off company founded in 2013, the researchers explore how the countless components in a cell – genes, RNA molecules, proteins and other products of metabolism – with their seemingly unmanageable diversity, interact. To this end, the scientists increasingly rely on computer models to analyze the enormous amount of data.