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The DBMV regroups 7 laboratories with a total of more than 70 collaborators studying various aspects of plant cell and molecular biology. As such, it is the largest department devoted to plant biology in Western Switzerland. A major focus of the department is on molecular genetics using a number of model plants, including Arabidopsis thaliana, rice and the moss Physcomitrella patens. The DBMV is devoted to high quality research as witnessed by pulications in high impact journals such as Nature, Science, Plant Cell and PNAS, just to name a few. The Department has state of the art facilities, including greenhouses and a suite of climate controlled growth chambers including one reproducing extreme climatic conditions, equipment for the making and analysis of DNA microarrays, analytical instruments such as GC-MS, capillary electrophoresis, phosphoimager, luminescence detectors and HPLCs. The Department has also access to a wide range of microscopic facilities, including electronic and confocal microscopes, epifluorescence microscopes, micro-dissection equipment as well as digital camera system for the detection of luminescence (GFP and luciferase).

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The research topics of the DBMV laboratories are :

Prof. Yves Poirier

Fatty acids metabolism, peroxisome biochemistry, phosphate transport and metabolism

Prof. Edward Farmer

Plant defense against herbivores, jasmonates

Prof. Pierre Goloubinoff

Chaperones biochemistry, responses of plants to abiotic stress

Prof. Christian Hardtke

Developmental genetics of plant morphology

Prof. Niko Geldner

Plant cell biology

Dr. Philippe Reymond, MER

Genomics of plant defense against herbivores

Dr. Christiane Nawrath, MER

Biosynthesis and function of cutin and the cuticle

Research on the plant's responses to light is also conducted by Prof. Christian Fankhauser of the Center of Integrative Genomics

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