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Axel Tiessen

Regulation of the primary metabolic networks of plants: we investigate how to control the balance between the production and consumption of carbohydrates in different plant tissues, and how the plant adapts its metabolism to the conditions of the environment during its development. We study the mechanisms, enzymatic reactions, subcellular compartmentalization, and the distribution of sucrose in different plant tissues and sink and source organs.

 Fluorescent Blue Glowing Bananas: A Mystery Revisited

Banana fruits are either green, yellow or black. Surprisingly, bananas shine blue when observed under black light. It had been previously postulated that the blue glow was mainly caused by fluorescent chlorophyll catabolites (FCCs). Science has progressed by simply looking […]