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


JH Leebens-Mack*, MS Barker*, EJ Carpenter*, MK Deyholos*, MA Gitzendanner, SW Graham*, I Grosse*, Z Li, M Melkonian*, S Mirarab*, M Porsch, M Quint*, SA Rensing*, DE Soltis*, PS Soltis*, DW Stevenson*, KK Ullrich, NJ Wickett, L DeGironimo, PP Edger, IE Jordon-Thaden, S Joya, T Liu, B Melkonian, NW Miles, L Pokorny, C Quigley, P Thomas, JC Villarreal, MM Augustin, MD Barrett, RS Baucom, DJ Beerling, RM Benstein, E Biffin, SF Brockington, DO Burge, JN Burris, KP Burris, V Burtet-Sarramegna, AL Caicedo, SB Cannon, Z Çebi, Y Chang, C Chater, JM Cheeseman, T Chen, ND Clarke, H Clayton, S Covshoff, BJ Crandall-Stotler, H Cross, CW dePamphilis*, JP Der, R Determann, RC Dickson, VS Di Stilio, S Ellis, E Fast, N Feja, KJ Field, DA Filatov, PM Finnegan, SK Floyd, B Fogliani, N García, G Gâteblé, GT Godden, F (Qi Yun) Goh, S Greiner, A Harkess, JM Heaney, KE Helliwell, K Heyduk, JM Hibberd, RGJ Hodel, PM Hollingsworth, MTJ Johnson, R Jost, B Joyce, MV Kapralov, E Kazamia, EA Kellogg, MA Koch, M Von Konrat, K Könyves, TM Kutchan, V Lam, A Larsson, AR Leitch, R Lentz, F-W Li, AJ Lowe, M Ludwig, PS Manos, E Mavrodiev, MK McCormick, M McKain, T McLellan, JR McNeal, RE Miller, MN Nelson, Y Peng, P Ralph, D Real, CW Riggins, M Ruhsam, RF Sage, AK Sakai, M Scascitella, EE Schilling, E-M Schlösser, H S, S Servick, EB Sessa, AJ Shaw, SW Shaw, EM Sigel, C Skema, AG Smith, A Smithson, CN Stewart Jr, JR Stinchcombe, P Szövényi, JA Tate, H Tiebel, D Trapnell, M Villegente, C-N Wang, SG Weller, M Wenzel, S Weststrand, JH Westwood, DF Whigham, S Wu*, AS Wulff, Y Yang, D Zhu, C Zhuang, J Zuidof, MW Chase*, JC Pires*, CJ Rothfels*, J Yu*, C Chen, L Chen, S Cheng, J Li, R Li, X Li, H Lu, Y Ou, X Sun, X Tan, J Tang, Z Tian, F Wang, J Wang, X Wei, X Xu, Z Yan, F Yang, X Zhong, F Zhou, Y Zhu, Y Zhang*, S Ayyampalayam, TJ Barkman, N Nguyen, N Matasci, DR Nelson, E Sayyari, EK Wafula, RL Walls, T Warnow*, H An, N Arrigo, AE Baniaga, S Galuska, SA Jorgensen, TI Kidder, H Kong, P Lu-Irving, HE Marx, X Qi, CR Reardon, BL Sutherland, GP Tiley, SR Welles, R Yu, S Zhan, L Gramzow, G Theißen & GK-S Wong* (2019) One thousand plant transcriptomes and the phylogenomics of green plants.

Nature 574: 679-685. *co-supervising authors; cover. Faculty of 1000 recommended.      

Bellstaedt J, Trenner J, Lippmann R, Poeschl Y, Zhang X, Friml J, Quint M, Delker C (2019) A mobile auxin signal connects temperature sensing in cotyledons with growth responses in hypocotyls.

Plant Physiology 180:757–766.

Lippmann R*, Babben S*, Menger A, Delker C°, Quint M°
(2019) Development of wild and cultivated plants under global warming conditions.

Current Biology 19:R1326-R1338*equal contribution 


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



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.