Claudia Köhler's Lab


Mechanisms of Seed Development and Plant Speciation

Our lab has a general interest in genetic and epigenetic mechanisms governing seed development and plant speciation. We are strongly interested in understanding the role of the endosperm in establishing postzygotic hybridization barriers between plants of different ploidy as well as between related plant species. We also study the biogenesis and function of transposable element-derived small RNAs during reproduction. We are furthermore interested in understanding the role of transposable elements in generating transcriptional networks.

Our projects:

Genomic imprinting in plants
Plant speciation
Small RNAs controlling plant reproduction
MADS-box transcription factors controlling endosperm development
Mechanism and function of endosperm cellularization