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

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.