7 million euro for Halle-based plant scientists
The Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 648 Molecular Mechanisms of Information Processing in Plants is now in its third and final funding phase and is supported for another four years with a total amount of seven million euros by the German Research Council (DFG). This CRC is combining expertise of scholars at Martin-Luther-Universität (MLU), IPB and Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK). CRC 648 is one out of only three collaborative research centres in plant research and the only such centre to investigate interactions between plants and pathogens. 12.7 MEUR were allocated to this CRC in the first two funding phases since 2005. Intensified collaboration between all parties involved resulted in publication of more than 50 papers, in the second funding phase alone. ‘This output apparently convinced the DFG evaluators again of our concepts’, said spokesperson Professor Ulla Bonas of Institute of Genetics, MLU. The IPB is participating with three projects in the CRC 648. The funding is used to finance two PhD student positions each in the research groups on Induced Pathogen Defense, Cellular Signaling and Nutrient Sensing.