Aquatic Ecophysiology and Phycology
Our research unit "Aquatic Ecophysiology and Phycology" is working on the physiology and ecology of algae and mosses as phylogenetically basal plants. The main research areas include biotechnology, light physiology and developmental biology. Furthermore, our group maintains a collection of microalgae with the focus on Zygnematophyceae and Desmidiaceae (Zygnematales or Conjugatae).
- Algae as a resource for biomass production
- Adaptations of algae and reactions to abiotic stress
- Biology of mosses using the molel system Physcomitrella patens
- Biosynthesis, metabolism and perception of plant hormones with focus on cytokinins
- Biodiversity of microalgae and Zygnematophyceae, microalgae collection MZCH
- DNA-Barcoding of Algae
We are currently involved in 5 study programs: BSc Biology, MSc Biology, MSc Molecular Plant Science, BSc/MSc Biology for teachers. We supervise bachelor and master theses for these study programs.
Furthermore we teach in the program in Food Chemistry (botany for food chemists).