Dr PETER BUCHNER
Plant Molecular Biologist and Biochemist
Peter received his Biology Diploma degree at the University of Cologne and his PhD-degree at the University of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. After a couple of years at the INRA-Versailles in France he joined Rothamsted in 1999. He is mostly focused on the biochemistry and molecular biology of plant nutrition and is internationally recognised for contributions in the field of plant nutrition, particularly with regard to nitrogen and sulphur. As a highly skilled molecular biologist he has intensive expertise in a wide range of molecular techniques including gene cloning, gene expression analysis including real time PCR and RNA-Seq, plant transformation and much more. Because of his interest in plant nutrition he has additionally the expertise in different in vitro plant culture systems. He is working together with Dr Malcom Hawkesford in the Designing Future Wheat ISP focusing on the understanding and regulation of uptake, distribution and remobilisation of nitrogen in wheat. Further he leads the DryGroAF project (DAF - Developing a low-cost, water efficient system for growth of animal feed on arid and/or degraded land unsuitable for agriculture) and manages one of the laboratories including the function as Radiation Protection Supervisor.
- 1991 - Diploma in Biology, Genetics, Botany & Biochemistry, University of Cologne, Germany
- 1996 - PhD in Natural Science, Genetics, Molecular Biology & Botany, Institute of Plant Genetics & Crop Plant Research, Gatersleben, Germany & University of Halle/ Wittenberg, Germany