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Mo. 16.05.2022

Communication – crucial for survival

Us humans, we communicate using different languages, or expressing ourselves using body language and emotions. But how does it work in plants or animals or even cells? How do individual plant cells decide what type of cell they will become? And how can the collective motion of animals help us understand that phenomena?

Dr. Nicholas Russell (Max-Planck-Institut for Plant Breeding Research) will illuminate how scientists are now using the comunication techniques and mechanisms from fish, birds, and plankton to study how individual plant cells communicate between one another to determine which cell they will become – which is crucial for understanding how tissues and organs in both plants and animals form. A subsequent guided tour through the laboratories and greenhouses of the MPIPZ will take you into the world of scientists and their work.



Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research

Greenhouse for Scientific Experiments
greenhouses are at the heart of the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research. Several plant species – from model plants to rice, maize and tomatoes are cultivated within the institutes’ greenhouses for scientific experiments. The presentation will be held within the walls of our new greenhouse, which opened 7 years ago. It contains of a total area of 5000 m2, equipped with the latest state of the art technology to control specific conditions. Thus, it will be a perfect set-up for a discussion on plant science.


18:30 – 20:00 Uhr


Greenhouse MPIPZ, Carl-von-Linné-Weg 10, 50829 Cologne








Dr. Nicholas Russell

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