Welcome to the Quint Lab

We are located at the Institute of Agricultural and Nutritional Sciences at MLU Halle-Wittenberg. Our aim is to understand developmental processes plants evolved to interact with the environment. Within this broad context we are investigating different biological questions:


  • We seek to understand thermomorphogenesis, the developmental plasticity triggered by growth at elevated temperatures. Specifically, we are interested in signal transduction pathways plants activate to translate temperature stimuli to growth responses.


  • Our second research interest relates to the evolution of development. Here, we combine evolutionary and transcriptomic information to study the regulation of major developmental transitions in a plant’s life cycle.

Learn more about what we do by exploring the web pages.

See also

Selected publications

Nishiyama T, Sakayama H, de Vries J, Saint-Marcoux D, Ullrich KK, Haas FB, Vanderstraeten L, Becker D, Lang D, Vosolsobě S, Rombauts S, Wilhelmsson PKI, Janitza P, Kern R, Heyl A, Rümpler F, Calderón Villalobos LIA, Clay JM, Skokan R, Toyoda A, Suzuki Y, Kagoshima H, Schijlen E, Tajeshwar N, Catarino B, Hetherington AJ, Saltykova A, Bonnot C, Breuninger H, Symeonidi A, Radhakrishnan GV, an Nieuwerburgh F, Deforce D, Chang C, Karol KG, Hedrich R, Ulvskov P, Glöckner G, Delwiche CF, Petrášek J, Van de Peer Y, Friml J, Beilby M, Dolan L, Kohara Y, Sugano S, Fujiyama A, Delaux P-M, Quint M, Theißen G, Hagemann M, Harholt J, Dunand C, Zachgo S, Langdale J, Buschmann H, Maumus F, Van Der Straeten D, Gould S, Rensing SA (2018) The Chara genome: secondary complexity and implications for plant terrestrialization.

Cell 174:448-464. Cover. See also –> An Algal Greening of Land: Preview by William Martin and John Allen

Ibañez C, Delker C, Martinez C, Bürstenbinder K, Janitza P, Lippmann R, Ludwig W, Sun H, James GV, Klecker M, Grossjohann A, Schneeberger K, Prat S, Quint M (2018) Brassinosteroids dominate hormonal regulation of plant thermomorphogenesis via BZR1.

Current Biology 28:303-310.

Drost H-G*, Bellstädt J, O'Maoileidigh DS, Silva AT, Gabel A, Weinholdt C, Ryan PT, Dekkers BJW, Bentsink L, Hilhorst H, Ligterink W, Wellmer F, Grosse I, Quint M* (2016) Post-embryonic hourglass patterns mark ontogenetic transitions in plant development.

Quint M*, Delker C*, Franklin KA, Wigge PA, Halliday KJ, van Zanten M (2016) Molecular and genetic control of plant thermomorphogenesis.

Nature Plants 2:15190. *equal contribution

Raschke A*, Ibañez C*, Ullrich KK, Anwer MU, Becker S, Glöckner A, Trenner J, Denk K, Saal B, Sun X, Ni M, Davis SJ, Delker C°, Quint M° (2015) Natural Variants of ELF3 Affect Thermomorphogenesis by Transcriptionally Modulating PIF4-Dependent Auxin Response Genes.

BMC Plant Biology 15:197. *equal contribution

Delker C, Sonntag L, Velikkakam James G, Janitza P, Ibañez C, Ziermann H, Peterson T, Denk K, Mull S, Ziegler J, Davis SJ, Schneeberger K, Quint M (2014) The DET1-COP1-HY5 pathway constitutes a multipurpose signaling module regulating plant photomorphogenesis and thermomorphogenesis.

Cell Reports 9:1983-1989. See also –> Degrading new insights into temperature sensing in plants: Commentary by Christine Queitsch

Delker C, Pöschl Y, Raschke A, Ullrich K, Ettingshausen S, Hauptmann V, Grosse I, Quint M (2010) Natural variation of transcriptional auxin response networks in Arabidopsis thaliana.

Plant Cell 22:2184-2200.