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Group of Molecular Physiology

Group of Molecular Physiology
Laboratory of Growth Regulators
Palacky University & Institute of Experimental Botany ASCR
Šlechtitelu 27
Olomouc-Holice 783 71
Czech Republic

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Martin Fellner received a M.Sc. degree from the Palacky University in Olomouc, where he worked on the investigation of insect reactions to various parts of electromagnetic radiation. His scientific career has started at the Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Science. From T-DNA mutant lines he isolated and analyzed auxin-response mutants in Arabidopsis thaliana to earn his Ph.D. at University of Paris XI in the lab of Prof. Jean Guern in CNRS (France). His post-doctoral studies on involvement of plant hormones in mechanisms of genic male sterility in tomato Lycopersicon esculentum and on the study of interaction between abscisic acid and light signaling were conducted in the laboratory of Prof. Vipen K. Sawhney in Department of Biology at the University of Saskatechewan in Saskatoon (Canada). During his second post-doctoral position at the University of Washington in Seattle (USA) he studied interaction between light and hormone signaling in growth and development of corn leaves in the laboratory of Prof. Elizabeth Van Volkenburgh at the Department of Biology. After returningto home country in 2003, he got a position in Palacky University Olomouc and in the Institute of Experimental Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences.

The Dr. Fellner's group of Molecular Physiology at the Department of Cell Biology and Genetics has been set up in spring 2005. From January 1, 2011 the laboratory was re-named on Group of Molecular Physiology and now it is a part of Laboratory of Growth Regulators. Research in the group resolves around the idea that a greater understanding of cross-talk between hormone and light signaling pathways will provide new insights into complex processes of plant growth and development. As a genetic approach, mutant collections are used including Arabidopsis, tomato and maize. For example, tomato mutant 7B-1 resistant to salt and osmotic stress specifically under blue light is an excellent plant model to study links among photomorphogenesis, hormones and plant ability to withstand stress conditions, and provides a possibility to reveal a new element(s) implicated in light and stress signaling pathways. Current research supported by Czech Science Foundation and by Czech Ministry of Education is focused on understanding of role of 7B-1 gene in photomorphogenesis, in plant responses to stress conditions, and on study of role of microelement boron in plant growth and development. In the course of these studies, the Fellner's group uses techniques in plant physiology, genetics, and molecular biology.


From 2005 to 2011, Dr. Fellner tought lectures of Plant physiology, Plant molecular biology, and Molecular physiology. He was also responsible for four Special seminars. From January 1, 2011, he teaches Special plant physiology, Molecular physiology, Molecular plant physiology, Celebrities of plant physiology, Plant growth and development, and three Special seminars.

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MARTIN FELLNER, Laboratory of Growth Regulators Modified: October 2, 2020

Universitas Palackianae Institute of Experimental Botany AS CR