Research - Plant Cell Lines
Undifferentiated plant cell cultures are widely used for fundamental and applied research. The DSMZ collection consists of cell lines for application in all the different research fields listed. Although the focus is still on secondary metabolite producing cultures, cell lines for fundamental or agrochemical research have been included.
Research carried out at DSMZ focuses on improvement of collection and application technology for undifferentiated plant cell lines. Activities concentrate on the development of novel cryopreservation techniques and the investigation of physiological aspects related to cryopreservation. New transformation vectors for target gene expression monitoring in cell lines were developed.
In the past the plant cell line department participated in several international cooperative research projects funded by "Bioversity International" ("Refinement of cryopreservation techniques for potato") or the EU (CRYMCEPT, Reference: QLK5-CT-2002-01279 and COST Action 871, "Cryopreservation of crop species in Europe"). Presently the department participates in COST Action FA1103 "Endophytes in Biotechnology and Agriculture".