Latest News

New Review on 3D Chromatin Packing

Posted on August 23, 2015

Chromatin in 3D: progress and prospects for plants read more

Liu, C. and Weigel, D. 

Methods that use high-throughput sequencing have begun to reveal features of the three-dimensional structure of genomes at a resolution that goes far beyond that of traditional microscopy. Integration of these methods with other molecular tools has advanced our knowledge of both global and local chromatin packing in plants, and has revealed how patterns of chromatin packing correlate with the genomic and epigenomic landscapes. This update reports recent progress made in this area in plants, and suggests new research directions.

Farewell to Noemi and Andrés

Posted on August 12, 2015

We’re saying goodbye to Noemi and wish her all the best for the second part of her PhD in Umeå, Sweden! read more

Andrés will go back to Argentina after a 3-months visit in the department - lots of luck! 

Current Opinion Review on Splicing and Temperature Signaling

Posted on August 07, 2015

Temperature dependent alternative splicing and its role in flowering time regulation read more

Developmental plasticity enables plants to respond rapidly to changing environmental conditions, such as temperature fluctuations. Understanding how plants measure temperature and integrate this information into developmental programs at the molecular level will be essential to breed thermo-tolerant crop varieties. Recent studies identified alternative splicing (AS) as a possible 'molecular thermometer', allowing plants to quickly adjust the abundance of functional transcripts to environmental perturbations. In this review, recent advances regarding the effects of temperature-responsive AS on plant development will be discussed, with emphasis on the circadian clock and flowering time control. The challenge for the near future will be to understand the molecular mechanisms by which temperature can influence AS regulation.

Farewell to Stefan

Posted on July 29, 2015

After a long time in Weigelworld, we say „Goodbye“ to Stefan and wish him all the luck in the world and lots of success in his new occupation!

Farewell to Verena

Posted on July 27, 2015

After a very successful time in Weigelworld - first as a diploma, then as a PhD student, Verena is moving on to a new adventure. read more

She will continue some of her work on guppy color patterns as a Postdoc in Würzburg. 

We wish her all the best for her future!

Upcoming Events


Subu's thesis defense

September 21, 3pm
Lecture Hall N12, E-building, Tübingen University 

Subu will defend her PhD thesis entitled Causes and Consequences of Hybrid Incompatibilities in Arabidopsis thaliana


EMBO Conference: Genetic Control of Development and Evolution

September 29 - October 2
in Paris, France

Detlef speaking at EMBO Conference "Genetic Control of Development and Evolution"


MiKo Talk Matin Qaim


AGTA - Australasian Genomic Technologies Association

October 11-14
in Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia

Detlef speaking at AGTA