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Research Training Group GRK1798 "Signaling at the Plant-Soil Interface"

Welcome to the DFG Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg) GRK1798 "Signaling at the Plant-Soil Interface". Research Training Groups are established to promote young researchers. The key emphasis is on the qualification of doctoral researchers via a focused research program and a structured training strategy. More information on GRKs is provided here.

Supported by a 3.65 million € DFG-grant, GRK1798 was launched in October 2013. Located on Campus Herrenhausen, the GRK supports doctoral researchers working on interdisciplinary topics that connect Molecular as well as Applied Plant Sciences with Microbiology and Soil Science to promote cross-discipline knowledge on signal processes between plant roots and their surrounding soil.

We expect to obtain answers to these major questions: (1) How are abiotic or biotic soil-borne signals processed in plant roots? (2) What similarities and differences exist in the processing of these signals? (3) What consequences does signal perception in roots have for whole-plant metabolism and how does signal perception in roots relate to that?

In addition to the qualification of doctoral researchers, our GRK promotes an integration of the disciplines Plant Genetics, Plant Genomics, Plant Biotechnology, Plant Nutrition, Horticulture, Microbiology, and Soil Science.

Our GRK is related to the Leibniz Research Initiative "Boden-Pflanze-Mensch" (BPM), the GRANAT Graduate School of Natural Sciences, and the Graduate Academy of Leibniz Universität Hannover.

To obtain general information on the Research Training Group, please confer to the German and English executive summaries or contact the Spokesperson.