Ulrich Lutz

I am interested in deciphering the genetic basis of adaptation and phenotypic plasticity of flowering time of plants, especially in response to changing environmental conditions. I use natural variation as a resource of genetic diversity to identify new alleles of known genes to better understand gene function, regulation, and interaction. Employing CRISPR/Cas9 technology, I investigate GxG interaction by testing a deleterious genetic deletion in a large set of natural Arabidopsis genetic backgrounds. I also work on herbicide resistance of Alopecurus myosuroides (black-grass), a plant species classified as a weed. Several next generation sequencing technologies and methods are applied to study the dynamics of resistance dispersion and the population structure of local and nationwide samples.

Research lines

  • GxG interactions. Flowering time variation. Herbicide resistance.

Short vita

  • 2017 to present

    Postdoc / Max Planck Institute for Biology

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  • 2011 to 2016

    PhD student / Plant Systems Biology / Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany

  • 2010 to 2011

    Diploma thesis / Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), Germany

  • 2005 to 2011

    Studies of Agricultural Biotechnology, University of Hohenheim, Germany

Selected publications

Lutz, U., Nussbaumer, T., Spannagl, M., Dienter, J., Mayer, K. F., Schwechheimer C.
eLIFE (2017), e22114

Lutz, U., Posé, D., Pfeifer, M., Gundlach, H., Hagmann, J., Wang, C., Weigel, D., Mayer, K. F., Schmid, M., Schwechheimer C.
PLoS Genet. (2015), 11(10):e1005588

Lutz, U., Schwechheimer C.
bioRxiv preprint (2017), doi: 10.1101/153197

Milani, A., Lutz, U., Galla, G., Scarabel, L., Weigel, D., and Sattin, M.
Pest Manag Sci (2021), published online 25 February 2021