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

Our goal is to understand molecular and evolutionary mechanisms shaping plant genomes and epigenomes. We analyze how DNA sequence and chromatin changes are generated by endo- and exogenous factors and how these forces are balanced by the genome repair and epigenetic mechanisms. To this end we use mainly the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and several other Brassicaceae and analyze them by forward and reverse genetics, molecular, biochemical, cytogenetic and bioinformatic methods. read more...

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Recent Publications

  • Baroux C., Pecinka A., Fuchs J., Kreth G., Schubert I., Grossniklaus I (2016): Non-random chromosome arrangement in triploid endosperm nuclei. Chromosoma doi:10.1007/s00412-016-0578-5 Open access
  • Vu G.T.H., Schmutzer T., Bull F., Cao H.X., Fuchs J., Tran T.D., Jovtchev G., Pistrick K., Stein N., Pecinka A., Neumann P., Novak P., Macas J., Deard P.H., Blattner F.R., Scholz U., Schubert I (2015): Comparative Genome Analysis Reveals Divergent Genome Size Evolution in a Carnivorous Plant Genus. Plant Genome doi:10.3835/plantgenome2015.04.0021 Open access
  • Rawat V., Abdelsamad A., Pietzenuk B., Seymour D.K., Koenig D., Weigel D., Pecinka A., Schneeberger K. (2015): Improving the Annotation of Arabidopsis lyrata Using RNA-Seq Data. PLoS One 10(9):e0137391. Open access
  • Cao H.X., Schmutzer T, Scholz U, Pecinka A, Schubert I, Vu G.T.H. (2015): Metatranscriptome analysis reveals host-microbiome interactions in traps of carnivorous Genlisea species. Frontiers in Microbiology doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2015.00526 Open access


  • 2016-07-27: Anna is going back to her home lab in Poland after almost one in MPIPZ. We miss her already!
  • 2016-07-07: Plant Genome Stability and Change Meeting in Japan started.
  • 2016-06-27: Catarine is returning back to her home lab in Brazil after one year in Cologne. We will miss you!
  • 2016-06-25: Catarine won a prize for her talk on IWSC in Prague! Big congratulations.
  • 2016-05-30: Samira joins our lab for six weeks training.
  • 2016-03-15: Bjoern selected as new post-doc in Ute Kraemer's lab at Ruhr University Bochum!
  • 2016-03-09_12: MPIPZ PhD retreat in Hennef. Great science, great fun!

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