Pecinka Lab:Ales Pecinka

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Hi, my name is Ales and I am group leader in the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany. My Lab uses (mainly) plants to study mechanisms that influence genome structure and stability.

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Mailing Address
Ales Pecinka
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Carl-von-Linné-Weg 10
50829 Cologne
0049 221 5062 465 (tel)
0049 221 5062 413 (fax)
0049 221 5062 431



Hiking, biking & nature (plants, bird watching, collecting mushrooms) with family and friends.


  • 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, H.Q., Rosa, M., Baubec, T., Lettner, N. and Mittelsten Scheid, O. Epigenetic control of repetitive elements is attenuated by prolonged heat stress in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 22:1-12 (2010). [4]
  • Baubec, T., Dinh, H.Q., Pecinka, A., Rakic, B., Rozhon, W., Wohlrab, B., von Haeseler, A. and Mittelsten Scheid, O. Cooperation of Multiple Chromatin Modifications Can Generate Unanticipated Stability of Epigenetic States in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 22: 34-47 (2010). [5]
  • Pecinka, A., Rosa, M., Schikora, A., Berlinger, M., Hirt, H., Luschnig, C. and Mittelsten Scheid, O. Transgenerational stress memory is not a general response in Arabidopsis. PLoS One 4:e5202 (2009). [6]
  • Baubec, T., Pecinka, A., Rozhon, W. and Mittelsten Scheid, O. Effective, homogeneous and transient interference with cytosine methylation in plant genomic DNA by zebularine. Plant Journal 57:542-554 (2009). [7]
  • Jovtchev, G., Watanabe, K., Pecinka, A., Rosin, F.M., Mette, M.F., Lam, E. and Schubert, I. Size and number of tandem repeat arrays can determine somatic homologous pairing of transgene loci mediated by epigenetic modifications in Arabidopsis thaliana nuclei. Chromosoma 117:267-276 (2008). [8]
  • Fischer, U., Kuhlmann, M., Pecinka, A., Schmidt, R. and Mette, M.F. Local DNA features affect RNA-directed transcriptional gene silencing and DNA methylation. Plant Journal 53:1-10 (2008). [9]
  • Baroux, C., Pecinka, A., Fuchs, J., Schubert, I. and Grossniklaus, U. The triploid endosperm genome of Arabidopsis adopts a peculiar, parental-dosage-dependent chromatin organization. Plant Cell 19:1782-1794 (2007). [10]
  • Berr, A., Pecinka, A., Meister, A., Kreth, G., Fuchs, J., Blattner, F.R., Lysak, M.A. and Schubert, I. Chromosome arrangement and nuclear architecture but not centromeric sequences are conserved between Arabidopsis thaliana and Arabidopsis lyrata. Plant Journal 48:771-783 (2006). [11]
  • Kirik, A., Pecinka, A., Wendeler, E. and Reiss, B. The chromatin assembly factor subunit FASCIATA1 is involved in homologous recombination in plants. Plant Cell 18:2431-2442 (2006). [12]
  • Pecinka, A., Suchankova, P., Lysak, M.A., Travnicek, B. and Dolezel, J. Nuclear DNA content variation among Central European Koeleria taxa. Annals of Botany 98:117-122 (2006). [13]
  • Lysak, M.A., Berr, A., Pecinka, A., Schmidt, R., McBreen, K. and Schubert, I. Mechanisms of chromosome number reduction in Arabidopsis thaliana and related Brassicaceae species. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 103:5224-5229 (2006). [14]
  • Schubert, V., Klatte, M., Pecinka, A., Meister, A., Jasencakova, Z., Schubert, I. Sister chromatids are often incompletely cohesed in meristematic and endopolyploid interphase nuclei of Arabidopsis thaliana. Genetics 172:467-475 (2006). [15]
  • Watanabe, K., Pecinka, A., Meister, A., Schubert, I. and Lam, E. DNA hypomethylation reduces homologous pairing of inserted tandem repeat arrays in somatic nuclei of Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Journal 44:531-540 (2005). [16]
  • Pecinka, A., Kato, N., Meister, A., Probst, A.V., Schubert, I. and Lam, E. Tandem repetitive transgenes and fluorescent chromatin tags alter the local interphase chromosome arrangement in Arabidopsis thaliana. Journal of Cell Science 118:3751-3758 (2005). [17]
  • Lysak, M.A., Koch, M., Pecinka, A. and Schubert, I. Chromosome triplication found across the tribe Brassiceae. Genome Research 15:516-525 (2005). [18]
  • Pecinka, A., Schubert, V., Meister, A., Kreth, G., Klatte, M., Lysak, M.A., Fuchs, J. and Schubert, I. Chromosome territory arrangement and homologous pairing in nuclei of Arabidopsis thaliana are predominantly random except for NOR-bearing chromosomes. Chromosoma 113:258-269 (2004). [19]
  • Schubert, I., Pecinka, A., Meister, A., Schubert, V., Klatte, M. and Jovtchev, G. DNA damage processing and aberration formation in plants. Cytogenetic Genome Research 104:104-108 (2004). [20]
  • Lysak, M.A., Pecinka, A. and Schubert, I. Recent progress in chromosome painting of Arabidopsis and related species. Chromosome Research 11:195-20 (2003). [21]