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PUR, the Department of Plant Physiology at the University of Rostock is responsible for teaching and research of Molecular Plant Science at the Institute of Biosciences.

Members of the PUR team teach students enrolled in the courses as Bachelor of Science (Biology) and Teaching professions in Theoretical and Practical Plant Physiology. In addition, we offer a course in Gene Technology for selected students. PUR is also involved in the Master of Functional Plant Science at the Institute of Biosciences. Students interested in joining our department are welcome to contact us.

The scientific research of PUR mainly focusses on the adaptation and acclimation of the primary metabolism of photosynthetic organisms towards environmental conditions, particularly changing CO2 partial pressure and salinities. For this purpose, we are investigating acclimation-related physiological and molecular responses in model organisms such as the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 and the plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Most of our activities are in the field of basic research but future applications can be envisaged. The research is conducted in close cooperation with scientific groups inside Germany and abroad. Our work is supported by funds from the University of Rostock and third parties grants from the DFG (German Research Foundation), the BMBF (German Federal Ministry for Education and Research) and the EU.