Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

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 Among the > 100.000 natural compounds produced by plants, many were shown to have pharmaceutical value. Our work focuses on the largest group of plant compounds, the terpenes, which are the main constituents of essential oils, resins and flower volatiles. We study the biosynthesis of plant terpenes and their regulation. One of our goals is the enrichment of pharmaceutically valuable terpenes in plants. In addition, we are interested in the functional roles that terpenes play in plant defense against their natural enemies. These are some of our current research projects: