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The goal of the Pecinka lab is to understand molecular mechanisms shaping plant genomes. To this end we use the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and several other Brassicaceae and analyze them by using forward and reverse genetics, molecular, biochemical, cytogenetic and bioinformatic methods.

Pecinka lab is hosted by the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany.

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Recent Publications

  • Pecinka A, Mittelsten Scheid O. Stress-induced chromatin changes: A critical view on their heritability. Plant Cell Physiology doi: 10.1093/pcp/pcs044 (2012). [1]
  • Alcázar R, Pecinka A, Aarts MGM, Fransz PF, Koornneef M. Signals of speciation within Arabidopsis thaliana in comparison with its relatives. Curr Opin Plant Biol 15:205-211 (2012). [2]
  • Pecinka A, Fang W, Rehmsmeier M, Levy AA, Mittelsten Scheid O. Polyploidization increases meiotic recombination frequency in Arabidopsis. BMC Biology 9:24 (2011). [3]
  • Pecinka A, Dinh HQ, Rosa M, Baubec T, Lettner N, Mittelsten Scheid O. Epigenetic control of repetitive elements is attenuated by prolonged heat stress in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 22: 3118–3129 (2010). [4]



  • 2012-03-28: The review on Stress-Induced Chromatin Changes was published in PCP [5]
  • 2012-01: The review by Alcazar et al. on Signals of speciation in Arabidopsis and its relatives was published in COPB [6]
  • 2011-09: Grant on Epigenetic Control of Repetitive DNA in Arabidopsis lyrata funded by DFG
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