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

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 (online early, doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.11.077)

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.