Plant Allocation

Group members: (top row) Jianbei Huang, Gabriela Pereira, Bjoern Lorenz, Henrik Hartmann, (bottom row) Waldemar Ziegler, Lenka Forkelova, Savoyane Lambert, Iris Kuhlmann



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Mission

Sessile organisms like plants face particular challenges under rapidly changing environmental conditions because they generally cannot escape by migration, at least not within the life span of an individual. Plants require very efficient mechanisms to resist or avoid harsh environmental conditions. Although many conceptual models have been developed for how plants allocate resources most efficiently, the empirical basis for plant resource partitioning is still poor. The Plant Allocation Group has been using manipulative experiments to induce severe resource limitation as a means to gain profound insight into plant functioning.

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Focus Area

Our research is centered on plant responses to climate extremes like drought but also on plant resource partitioning during periods of general stress. In particular, we focus on how carbon C fluxes are altered within plants during resource limitation and on how exchanges of resources (e.g., carbon, nitrogen) between plants and symbionts are altered by constraining environmental conditions.

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Staff/Team

Group leader: Henrik Hartmann
Technical support: Anett Enke, Savoyane Lambert, Iris Kuhlmann, Martin Göbel, Waldemar Ziegler
PhD students: David Herrera, Lenka Forkelova, Jianbei Huang, Bjoern Lorenz, Gabriela Pereyra, Haiyang Zhang, Junbin Zhao
Master/Diploma students: Sarah Fischer, Janine Schmidt

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