Dr. Michael Stitz

   Department of Molecular Ecology
 Phone:+49 (0)3641 57 1117Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology
 Fax:+49 (0)3641 57 1102Hans-Knöll-Straße 8
  emailD-07745 Jena

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Current Research (PhD Thesis):

Plants posses a large group of phytohormones, collectively referred to as jasmonates, deriving from the oxylipin precursor jasmonic acid. These compounds are well known to play an essential role not only in the activation of inducible defenses against herbivores, but also for developmental processes in plants. Little is known, however, about the distinct jasmonates and their specific roles in the life of plants. My current research is focused on the identification of individual jasmonates and their allocation to specific functions within the plant. Therefore we created transgenic lines of /Nicotiana attenuata/ that are impaired in different steps of jasmonate biosynthesis or perception.