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Dr. Emmanuel Gaquerel

Dr. Emmanuel Gaquerel
Dr. Emmanuel Gaquerel
Im Neuenheimer Feld 360
69120 Heidelberg
Fon +49 6221 54-5589
Fax +49 6221 54-5859
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Research in the group aims at understanding the structure and regulation of metabolic pathways involved in plant induced defenses




For more information about us, visit the group webpage


Plant cells are capable of producing an incredibly large spectrum of small molecules not essential for growth but which are used for coping with various types of stresses. These molecules, often referred to as ‘secondary metabolites’ by opposition to ‘primary metabolites’, have been recently recognized as important components of the diet, offering protection against cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers and age-related degenerative diseases. Yet, this impressive metabolic complexity likely shaped by the evolutionary pressure of attacking organisms is still hardly exploited.

Genome sequencing projects have uncovered that plant genomes encode large families of metabolism-related genes. The functions of a vast majority of these metabolic genes remain unknown, partly because the phytochemicals produced by many plants have not been fully characterized. Our research group employs a multidisciplinary and cross-species approach to trace the establishment and functional diversification of metabolic systems involved in plant defenses. We notably use mass spectrometry-based metabolomics, in collaboration with the Metabolomics Core Technology platform, to analyze metabolism-related functions in plant defense to herbivores 

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