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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 variation is generated by various mutagenic factors and how these forces are counteracted by the genome repair and maintenance mechanisms. To this end we use 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

  • Abdelsamad A, Pecinka A. Pollen-Specific Activation of Arabidopsis Retrogenes Is Associated with Global Transcriptional Reprogramming. Plant Cell DOI: http:/​/​dx.​doi.​org/​10.​1105/​tpc.​114.​126011 (2014). Open access PDF
  • Pecinka A, Liu C.-H. Drugs for Plant Chromosome and Chromatin Research. Cytogenetic Genome Research DOI: 10.1159/000360774 (2014). Full text
  • Baubec T, Finke A, Mittelsten Scheid O, Pecinka A. Meristem-specific expression of epigenetic regulators safeguards transposon silencing in Arabidopsis. EMBO Reports doi: 10.1002/embr.201337915 (2014). Full text
  • Pecinka A, Abdelsamad Ahmed, Vu GTH. Hidden genetic nature of epigenetic natural variation in plants. Trends in Plant Science 18:625-632 (2013) Full text


  • 2014-08-12: RNA duplicated genes (retrogenes) are more frequent than expected in Arabidopsis and show transcriptional profile similar to animal retrogenes. Find more in our recent Plant Cell publication Open access PDF
  • 2014-03-31: The manuscript "Drugs for Plant Chromosome and Chromatin Research" published in the special issue of Cytogenetic Genome Research Full text