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The Institute of Botany welcomed Professor Dr. Kishore CS Panigrahi, NISER Bhubaneswar, India, as visiting professor and Mercator fellow from 1.4.2022 - 30.9.2022. Professor Panigrahi studies how light signaling is perceived by model plants and impacts crop production. His research stay has been financed through the DFG-funded International Graduate School for Plant Science (IRTG 2466 "Network, exchange, and training program to understand plant resource allocation").

Mung bean (Vigna radiata) is a widely consumed pulse crop in India, appreciated for the taste, texture, protein, starch and micronutrient content. In Germany, the consumption of mung bean is increasingly popular. Bus still, the health benefits provided by pulses and their contribution to a sustainable economy are fairly unknown to large parts of the population in Germany.

A joint research program has been initiated to study mung bean cultivation and allocation of nutrients in seeds.

Professor Panigrahi was supported in this project by Maren Huppertz, Bachelor student of Biology.

As part of this project, the growth of the mung bean was investigated in relation to soil conditions in a field at the HHU Botanical Garden. The interested public was invited to visit the mung bean plantation in the Botanical Garden and to discuss the potential of this plant. In the meantime, the outdoor project has come to an end due to seasonal reasons.

At the "Long Night of Science" event on Friday, 9 September, in Düsseldorf city centre, Professor Panigrahi, institute staff members and students illustrated the nutritional benefits of this plant as well as the challenges of adapting the cultivation of an Indian legume in Germany.



On Monday, 05 September, ten people were honoured with the title "Heine Mensch" at a festive event at Schloss Mickeln. This title is awarded to people - teachers/researchers/students/employees - who are committed to equality at HHU.

Prof. Dr. Petra Bauer, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, was also honoured.

The commemorative publication presents the honourees with a short portrait as well as those who nominated the candidates.

Further information: Projekt "Heine-Mensch"


06. August 2022 von 13-16 Uhr in Bonn


Soapbox Science is a public science communication event that promotes women and non-binary scientists* and the science they practice. The local event "Soapbox Science Rheinland" is a cooperation between the University of Bonn (ImmunoSensation), the University of Cologne (CECAD) and the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf (CEPLAS, Bürgeruniversität, SFB 1208).

Mary Njeri Ngigi, PhD student at our institute, is one of the early career researchers who participated as a speaker at this event and presented her research:



More information: https://www.myscience.de/de/news/wire/spannende_wissenschaft_in_der_bonner_innenstadt-2022-uni-bonn

What is "Soapbox Science"? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGD1-FbXHZo

"SCIENCE & SNACK" on 19.07.2022


This year a project from the Biology on the topic of "Plants in the urban environment" is funded.

At the event "Science & Snack" on 19.07.2022 the urbanplantx-team gave an insight into their project work: How do wild plants survive in inhospitable habitats? And what is the connection to the genetic makeup of the plants?


Further information: HHU News



The paper "The iron deficiency-regulated small protein effector FEP3/IRON MAN1 modulates interaction of BRUTUS-LIKE1 with bHLH subgroup IVc and POPEYE transcription factors" was published on "Frontiers in Plant Science".

Authors are:

Daniela M. Lichtblau, Birte Schwarz, Dibin Baby, Christopher Endres, Christin Sieberg und Petra Bauer

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