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The Section Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology is the independent network for plant physiology and molecular biology in the genomic age. Being a non-profit organisation the largest experts' group within the Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft (German Society for Plant Sciences) unites all generations of scientists, furthers research and higher education according to its statutes und supports young researchers. It represents its approximately 200 members in the scientific community, in the public and in politics. Every year it organizes the well-known Conference Molecular Biology of Plants. At this event and via its job mailing list it brings together young scientists and renowned experts.

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Conference 2019

32nd Conference

The next Conference Molecular Biology of Plants of the Section Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology of the DBG will take place 18th to 21st February 2019 in Dabringhausen, Germany. It will be organized by Prof. Dr. Stefan Rensing Marburg University, Prof. Dr. Dorothee Staiger from Bielefeld University, and Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Hell (Heidelberg University).

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Members of the Section Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology support the aims and objectives of our section. The more members we have the more powerful we are able to advocate the concerns of plant physiologists and plant molecular biologists in the scientific community, in the public and in politics.

To join us, please join our mother society, the German Society for Plant Sciences (Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft, DBG). Please remind to mark our Section at the bottom of DBG's membership form. Aspiring scientists can profit from DBG's Test Membership, which offers savings on membership fees.

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10 Nov 2018 · SPPMB

Obituary and Tribute: Martin Bopp, 1923–2018

On August 30, 2018, Professor Emeritus Martin Bopp, an internationally highly regarded botanist and former director of the Botanical Institute at the University of Heidelberg, died in Wuppertal, Germany, at the age of 95 years. Professor Hartmut Lichtenthaler (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany and former speaker of our Section of Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology) and Rüdiger Hell (Bopps successor at the chair Molecular Biology of Plants, Centre for Organismal Studies, COS, Heidelberg, Germany) summarize his academic career as well as his other academic activities in their obituary in the Journal of Plant Physiology (DOI: 10.1016/j.jplph.2018.10.016). Plant physiologist Bopp besides many other honours and obligations served as deputy speaker of our Section of the German Society of Plant Sciences (Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft, DBG) from 1980 – 1982 (see: Gründung und Geschichte der Sektion). The authors remind us of an esteemed scientific friend and an inspiring and enthusiastic academic teacher. Several images round off the obituary.

Source: Journal of Plant Physiology

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10 Aug 2017


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Die Sektion Pflanzenphysiologie und Molekularbiologie wurde 1978 parallel zur europäischen Föderation der Pflanzenphysiologen (Federation of European Societies of Plant Physiology, FESPP) gegründet. Zunächst noch unter anderem Namen. Prof. Dr. Hartmut Lichtenthaler hat mit den bisherigen Vorsitzenden gesprochen, zusammengestellt, welche Hürden sie nahmen und welche Neuerungen sie einführten und hat so die Geschichte der Sektion zusammengetragen. Er berichtet von den Gründungsvätern, der Wiedervereinigung mit den Kollegen aus der ehemaligen DDR und der Etablierung der berühmten Tagung in Dabringhausen.

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Speakers of the Section

Please feel free to contact the speakers if you have any questions about the Section Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology in the DBG.


Professor Dr. Andreas P. M. Weber
Institut für Biochemie der Pflanzen
Universitätsstraße 1
40225 Düsseldorf
Tel: ++49-(0)211 / 81-12347
E-Mail: andreas.weber[at]uni-duesseldorf.de
Internet: http://www.plant-biochemistry.hhu.de/

Vice Chairperson

Prof. Dr. Stefan A. Rensing,
Plant Cell Biology
University of Marburg
Phone: +49 (0)642128-21940
e-mail: stefan.rensing[at]biologie.uni-marburg.de
Web: http://www.plantco.de

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