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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

  • 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
  • Liu C-H, Finke A, Diaz M, Rozhon W, Poppenberger B, Baubec T, Pecinka A. (2015): Repair of DNA Damage Induced by the Cytidine Analog Zebularine Requires ATR and ATM in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell doi/10.1105/tpc.114.135467 Open access.
  • Baranauskė S, Mickutė M, Plotnikova A, Finke A, Venclovas Č, Klimašauskas S, Vilkaitis G. (2015): Functional mapping of the plant small RNA methyltransferase: HEN1 physically interacts with HYL1 and DICER-LIKE 1 proteins. Nucleic Acids Research 43:2802-2812 Full text
  • Willing, Rawat et al. (2015): Genome expansion of Arabis alpina linked with retrotransposition and reduced symmetric DNA methylation. Nature Plants 1:1-7 Full text


  • 2015-07-16: There is plenty of microbial life inside carnivorous plant traps ...
  • 2015-07-01: Kashif starts his PhD on stress induced chromatin changes.
  • 2015-06: Thomas leaving the lab, Henrich starting his masters and Catarine joining the group for one year of her PhD.
  • 2015-06: Ahmed and Phoebe defended their PhD work at University of Göttingen and Cologne, respectively. Congratulations!
  • 2015-06: Not only DNA demethylation - cytidine analog zebularine triggers DNA damage response in Arabidopsis. Read more in our recent Plant Cell paper PDF

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