Field of Work
The Department of Plant Biotechnology looks into plant metabolism in order to find out how renewable raw materials can be produced in an efficient and environment-friendly way. One key factor is the interaction between the plant and its environment. Stress factors such as cold and drought limit agricultural production as do the natural spread of plants. The aim of research in adaptation processes is to help secure the production of foodstuffs and raw materials in changing climate conditions.
The biochemist Prof. Arnd G. Heyer obtained his degree in Tübingen and Berlin, going on to gain a doctorate at the Free University of Berlin on the subject of “The characterization of the phytochrome system in the potato” in 1991. From 1992 to 1995 he worked at the Institut für Genbiologische Forschung Berlin GmbH and from 1996 to 2004 at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam. Heyer has been at the Biological Institute, University of Stuttgart, since 2004.