The ICIPS research unit groups six different DFG-funded projects which are going to be conduted within six independant groups of high-ranking researchers studying plant sexual reproduction at different phylogenetic levels.
(* Z projects are central infrastructure projects providing bioinformatics support and project coordination)
All laboratories/groups are bringing specific expertise in methods and concepts required for ICIPS research unit.
|ICIPS group / |
|Phylogeny recon.||Comparative Transcriptome||Interactions / Proteomics||Reverse Genetics / Complementation||Laser Capture Microdissection||ROS Analysis|
|Becker group (P1)||X||X||X||X||X|
|Dresselhaus group (P2)||X||X||X||X||X|
|Müller-Schüssele group (P3)||X||X||X|
|Sprunck group (P4)||X||X||X||X||X|
|Theißen group (P5)||X||X||X|
|Zachgo group (P6)||X||X||X||X||X|
(NB: The Goesmann group (Z2) is involved in all pojects providing software pipelines and bioinformatic storage space)
The unit brings together researchers studying the evolution of signaling mechanisms in fertilization and the evolution of developmental networks for the formation of reproductive organs.
This ICIPS research unit will not only provide a common computing infrastructure for comparative genomics and transcriptomics (via the Goesmann group or Z2), but will also share a large pool of novel genetic model systems representing major land plant lineages. A common “pool” of model organisms amenable to stable genetic transformation with fully sequenced genomes now allows us to address evolutionary questions over large phylogenetic distances covering more than 400 Million years of evolution.
The Zachgo lab (P6) provides expertise on Marchantia polymorpha (liverwort), the labs of Stefanie Müller-Schüssele (P3) works on Physcomitrium (Physcomitrella) patens (earthmoss), the labs of Annette Becker (P1) and Günter Theißen (P5) on Ceratopteris richardii (monilophyte), Günter Theißen (P5) contributes with Picea abies expertise (gymnosperm) too, and the labs of Thomas Dresselhaus (P2) and Stefanie Sprunck (P4) are contributing with Zea mays (monocot) and Amborella trichopoda (basal angiosperm) to the consortium.
Most PIs are also experienced in using A. thaliana as a genetic model organism and consequently, A. thaliana will serve as a reference organism for heterologous expression experiments with genes analyzed within the ICIPS research unit.