An efficient protocol for the Agrobacterium

mediated transformation of the elite-indica rice variety Komboka is established at HHU


Our rice team Van, Melissa and Paula, with strong support from CIAT, Colombia and IRRI, the Philippines, established protocols for transformation of the elite rice variety Komboka, which was specifically bred for Africa. They prepared a very detailed protocol that will hopefully help to extend the approach to many other elite indica varieties. Link : here 



A new publication in The Plant Cell


SNAP-Tagging Permits High Resolution Protein Localization | Plant Cell

Our team at ITbM led by Masayoshi with major contributions form Ryu, Akira, Nori and chemists at ITbM and Tokyo University demonstrate here that self labelling of proteins (e.g. by SNAP tagging works like a charm and can be used to visualize processes in intact plants such as cell division, microtubules or endocytosis.

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Congrats Susanne!

April 2020

Our bachelor student at Team Rice Susanne Vollmer has been awarded a scholarship the German Academic Scholarship.

The German Academic Scholarship Foundation – Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes  – awards scholarships to outstanding students, irrespective of their political, ideological or religious convictions and affiliations. Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes

Joining forces to fighting rice diseases in India

HHU President Prof. Dr. Anja Steinbeck signs the Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of HHU in the presence of Prof. Dr. Wolf B. Frommer. (Photo: HHU / Jochen Müller)

Feb 27, 2020

A large proportion of India’s farmers live from growing rice, and 70% of them have farms that average smaller than 0.4 hectares – that’s roughly half the size of a football field. Even a single infection can directly endanger their livelihood. Also, in many parts of Asia diseases like bacterial blight in rice are countered by spraying antibiotics and extremely dangerous pesticides that are not approved here in Europe. This means that we urgently need efficient solutions to safeguard the livelihood and the health of the farmers in India.

HHU and ICAR have agreed to carry out joint research and development projects, where HHU will learn from the vast experience of ICAR. In return, HHU will make its knowledge and technology available to ICAR. (more...)

ICAR in New Delhi (from left): Dr. Yadav, Dr. Singh, Dr. Mohapatra, Dr. Schmidt, Dr. Singh, Dr. Arunachalam (Photo: HHU / Sarah M. Schmidt)

2019 Highly Cited Researchers

Nov 19, 2019

Wolf B Frommer has again been selected ‘Highly Cited Researcher’ for the Year 2019. clarivate He is grateful to his team which is the force behind this success. 

Recognizing the world's most influential researchers of the past decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science.  (more...)

Zwei Veröffentlichungen in Nature Biotechnology


Das „Healthy Crops“-Forschungskonsortium, das von Humboldt-Professor Wolf B. Frommer von der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (HHU) geleitet wird, entwickelt Werkzeuge, um „Weißblättrigkeit“ von Reis zu bekämpfen. In der jüngsten Ausgabe der Fachzeitschrift Nature Biotechnology veröffentlichen sie zwei Studien, in denen sie sowohl neue, multiresistente Reissorten vorstellen als auch ein Diagnose-Kit, um neue Varianten des Krankheitserregers zu erkennen. Dieses Kit wurde speziell für Kleinbauern in Südasien und Afrika entwickelt. (mehr...)

Von: Arne Claussen

Nature Biotechnology volume 37, pages1344–1350(2019)

Nature Biotechnology volume 37, pages1372–1379(2019)

2018 Highly Cited Researchers

Prof. W. B. Frommer has been named fifth years in a row (!) as the Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics as the world-class researcher.

Scientist Dr. Y. Arra: Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr. Yugander Arra awarded a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers, is in now IMP member from August 2019.undefinedPressemitteilung der HHU 

GENOM-EDITIERUNG : Mit diesem Urteil hat die europäische Vernunft ausgedient

Hier finden Sie Sarah Schmidt und Wolf. B. Frommer von IMP als Gastkommentar von undefinedFAZ.

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Tsungming Tu-Award Forschungspreis

  • Prof. Dr. Wolf B. Frommer, Institut für Molekulare Physiologie, wurde mit dem, für ausländische Wissenschaftler, höchsten Preis Tawains, dem Tsungming Tu-Award geehrt. (undefinedmehr)
  • Biologist Frommer given Tsungming Tu Award (undefinedTAIPEI TIMES)

2017 Highly Cited Researchers

Prof. W. B. Frommer has been named as the 2017 Highly Cited Researchers by undefinedClarivate Analytics.

Now in it's 4th year, the Highly Cited Researchers list represents some of the world's most influential scientific minds. Selected research ranks among the top 1% most cited works in a specific field and during its year of publication, earning the mark of exceptional impact.

Krankheitserreger beim Reis blockieren

Düsseldorfer Pflanzenforscher von Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation gefördert

Ein internationales Forscherteam aus Deutschland, den USA, Frankreich, Kolumbien und den Philippinen wird unter Führung von Prof. Dr. Wolf B. Frommer von der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (HHU) in den kommenden Jahren an resistenten Pflanzen gegen einen gefährlichen Krankheitserreger beim Reis forschen. Das Projekt wird bis 2021 von der Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation mit sechs Millionen US$ gefördert. (...mehr)

Preisverleihung Alexander von Humboldt-Professur 2017

Direktor des Max Planck Instituts für Pflanzenzüchtungsforschung Prof. Dr. Miltos Tsiantis, Rektorin der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf Prof. Dr. Anja Steinbeck, Bundesministerin für Bildung und Forschung Johanna Wanka, Preisträger Prof. Dr. Wolf B. Frommer, Vorstand Wissenschaftlicher Geschäftsbereich des Forschungszentrums Jülich Prof. Harald Bolt, Präsident der Humboldt-Stiftung Prof. Dr. Helmut Schwarz (© Humboldt-Stiftung)

Am 16. Mai 2017 erhielt, als einer von sechs Preisträgern, Prof. Dr. Wolf B. Frommer den höchstdotierten Forschungspreis Deutschlands, die Alexander von Humboldt-Professur. Die Preise überreichte Bundesforschungsministerin Johanna Wanka zusammen mit dem Präsidenten der Humboldt-Stiftung Helmut Schwarz während einer Festveranstaltung in Berlin.

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