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The Pecinka lab is hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne, Germany.

Our goal is to understand molecular and evolutionary mechanisms shaping plant genomes and epigenomes. We analyze how DNA sequence and chromatin changes are generated by endo- and exogenous factors and how these forces are balanced by the genome repair and epigenetic mechanisms. For our research we use Arabidopsis thaliana, several other Brassicaceae, selected crops and analyze them by forward and reverse genetics, molecular, biochemical, cytogenetic and bioinformatic methods. read more...

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Recent Publications

  • Willing E.M., Piofczyk T., Albert A., Winkler J.B., Schneeberger K., Pecinka A. (2016): UVR2 ensures transgenerational genome stability under simulated natural UV-B in Arabidopsis thaliana. Nature Communications 7:13522. doi: 10.1038/ncomms13522. Open access
  • Pietzenuk B., Markus C., Gaubert H., Bagwan N., Merotto A., Bucher E., Pecinka A. (2016): Recurrent evolution of heat-responsiveness in Brassicaceae COPIA elements. Genome Biology 17:209 DOI: 10.1186/s13059-016-1072-3 Open access
  • Baroux C., Pecinka A., Fuchs J., Kreth G., Schubert I., Grossniklaus I. (2016): Non-random chromosome arrangement in triploid endosperm nuclei. Chromosoma doi:10.1007/s00412-016-0578-5 Open access
  • Rawat V., Abdelsamad A., Pietzenuk B., Seymour D.K., Koenig D., Weigel D., Pecinka A., Schneeberger K. (2015): Improving the Annotation of Arabidopsis lyrata Using RNA-Seq Data. PLoS One 10(9):e0137391. Open access


  • 2016-12-01: Fast mutation accumulation under natural UV-B without pyrimidine dimer repair. See more in our new paper Open access
  • 2016-11-01: Karin and Annelotte start their master works in the group.
  • 2016-10-11: Transposons and heat stress. Read about evolution of heat responsiveness in ONSEN and other TEs groups in our latest paper Open access
  • 2016-09-15: Fen Yang joins the lab as new PhD student. Welcome in Cologne!
  • 2016-08-30: Priscilla successfully defended her B.Sc. work. Congratulations!

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