Since 1907 various disciplines devoted to the study of plants and their sustainable use have been based in Dahlem. The Dahlem Centre of Plant Sciences (DCPS) continues this tradition, combining the expertise of the scientists in the various subjects and relying on the unique regional density of relevant institutions to conduct outstanding plant research. The facilities include the Botanical Garden and the Botanical Museum whose collections are among the largest and most important worldwide.
The goal of DCPS is to gain a broad understanding of the diverse aspects of plant life. The research performed by these groups focuses on three overarching general topics:
The DCPS covers a broad spectrum of plant science disciplines. The disciplines of applied plant genetics, developmental biology, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology of plants, pharmaceutical biology, plant ecology, plant systematics, taxonomy, plant geography, and botanical history are all represented in Dahlem. The DCPS facilitates cooperation between these disciplines through interdisciplinary research projects and supports a variety of outreach activities, such as public lectures. Through institutional support and funds from the Focus Area the interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Center "Priming and Memory of Organismic Responses to Stress" (SFB 973) was successfully established. There is a structured doctoral program in Plant Sciences (PS) under the umbrella of Dahlem Research School (DRS).
The DCPS aims to use an integrative approach with the goal of arriving at a comprehensive understanding of diverse aspects of plant life. To this end, DCPS unites experts from diverse fields of plant science, including genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, plant physiology, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, systematics and taxonomy, pharmaceutical biology, plant geography, and history of botany.
Information about the Focus Area is presented in an information brochure. Print versions of all the focus area brochures are available in German and English and can be obtained from the DCPS, the Center for Research Strategy (CRS), or the Office of News and Public Affairs.
Spokesperson: Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmülling
Project Coordinator: Dr. Kathleen Dahnkce, Tel. +49 30 838-56214
For more information, please see the DCPS website.