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Professor of Plant Physiology

Ekkehard Neuhaus
  • Division: Plant Physiology
  • University Kaiserslautern
    Plant Physiology
    Building 22
    67663 Kaiserslautern
  • Phone: +49 631 205 2372
  • Fax: +49 631 205 2600
  • Email: neuhaus[at]rhrk.uni-kl.de

1987 Examination in Biology, University of Münster

1990 Dr. rer. nat (Ph.D.) University of Bayreuth

1990-1998 Postdoctoral fellow at the University of Osnabrück

1995 Habilitation (Plant Physiology), University of Osnabrück

1998 Assistant-Professor of Plant Physiology

1999 Call as Professor for Plant Physiology, University of Kaiserslautern


Calls to Chairs

1998 Call to the Humboldt University Berlin, declined

2004 Call to the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, declined

2008 Call to the Ruhr-University Bochum, declined


Awards and Scientific Community Services

2003 - 2012 Spokesperson Speaker of the DFG (German Research Foundation) Research Training Group 845

2008 - 2014 Spokesperson of the DFG Research Unit 1061

2008 - 2012 Member of the DFG panel Plant Biology

2009 Awarded with a Reinhart Koselleck-Grant by the DFG

2010 - today Member of the Advisory Board of the University of Kaiserslautern

2012 - today Spokesperson of the IRTG 1830

2012 - today Member of the DFG Senate

2016 - Member of the National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina

2017 - Corresponding Member Award of the American Society of Plant Biologists, ASPB

Major Research Interest:

Our group works on transport proteins in plants and bacteria. Special aspects are currently ATP transporters in plant plasma- and endomembranes, and vacuolar located sugar- and dicarbonic-acid transporters. We wish to understand transporter functions on the biochemical level (e.g. mode of transport, substrate specificity) and also on the physiological level (implications of transporters for plant primary metabolism, development and adaptations).

Some relevant scientific papers in the last 10 years

  • Hassler S, Jung B, Lemke L, Novák O, Strnad M, Martinoia E, Neuhaus HE (2016) Function of the Golgi-located phosphate transporter PHT4;6 is critical for senescence-associated processes in Arabidopsis. J. Exp. Bot. 67, 4671-4684
  • Jung B, Ludewig F, Schulz A, Meißner G, Wöstefeld N, Flügge U-I, Pommerrenig B, Wirsching P, Sauer N, Koch W, Sommer F, Mühlhaus T, Schroda M, Cuin, TA, Graus D, Marten I, Hedrich R, Neuhaus HE (2015) Identification of the transporter responsible for sucrose accumulation in sugar beet taproots. Nature Plants 1, Article number: 14001 (2015) ​doi:10.1038/nplants.2014.1
  • Müller M, Kunz HH, Schroeder JI, Kemp G, Young HS, Neuhaus HE (2014) Decreased capacity of sodium export out of Arabidopsis chloroplasts impairs salt tolerance, photosynthesis and plant performance. Plant J. 78, 646–658
  • Klemens PAW, Patzke K, Trentmann O, Poschet G, Büttner M, Schulz A, Marten I, Hedrich R, Neuhaus HE (2014) Overexpression of a proton-coupled vacuolar glucose exporter impairs freezing tolerance and seed germination. New Phytol. 202, 188-197
  • Klemens PAW, Patzke K, Deitmer J, Spinner L, Le Hir R, Bellini C, Bedu M, Chardon F, Krapp A, Neuhaus HE (2013) Overexpression of the vacuolar sugar carrier AtSWEET16 modifies germination, growth and stress tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Physiol. 163, 1338-1352
  • Hoffmann C, Plocharski B, Haferkamp I, Leroch M, Ewald R, Bauwe H, Riemer J, Herrmann J, Neuhaus HE (2013) From Endoplasmic Reticulum to mitochondria: Absence of the Arabidopsis ATP antiporter ER-ANT1 perturbs photorespiration. Plant Cell 25, 2647-2660
  • Hassler S, Lemke L, Jung B, Möhlmann T, Krüger F, Schumacher Karin, Espen L, Martinoia E, Neuhaus HE (2012) Lack of the Golgi phosphate transporter PHT4;6 causes strong developmental defects, constitutively activated disease resistance mechanisms and altered intracellular phosphate compartmentation in Arabidopsis. Plant J. 72, 732-744
  • Rieder B, Neuhaus HE (2011) Identification of an Arabidopsis plasma membrane located ATP transporter important for anther development. Plant Cell 23, 1932-1944
  • Wingenter K, Schulz A, Wormit A, Wic S, Trentmann O, Hörmiller I, Heyer AG, Marten I, Hedrich R, Neuhaus HE (2010) Increased activity of the vacuolar monosaccharide transporter TMT1 alters cellular sugar partitioning, sugar signalling and seed yield in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 154, 665-677
  • Palmieri F, Rieder B, Ventrella A, Blanco E, Do PT, Nunes-Nesi A, Trauth U, Fiermonte G, Tjaden J, Agrimi G, Kirchberger S, Paradies E, Fernie AR, Neuhaus, HE (2009) Molecular identification and functional characterisation of Arabidopsis thaliana mitochondrial and chloroplastic NAD+ carrier proteins. J. Biol. Chem. 284, 31249-31259
  • Leroch M, Neuhaus HE, Kirchberger S, Zimmermann S, Melzer M, Gerhold H, Tjaden J (2008) Identification of a novel adenine nucleotide transporter in the endoplasmic reticulum of higher plants. Plant Cell 20, 438-451
  • Reinhold T, Alawady A, Grimm B, Beran K, Jahns P, Conrath U, Bauer J, Reiser J, Melzer M, Jeblick W, Neuhaus HE (2007) Limitation of nocturnal import of ATP into Arabidopsis chloroplasts leads to photooxidative damage. Plant J. 50, 293–304
  • Wormit A, Trentmann O, Feifer I, Lohr C, Tjaden J, Meyer S, Schmidt U, Martinoia E, Neuhaus HE (2006) Molecular identification and physiological characterization of a novel monosaccharide transporter from Arabidopsis involved in vacuolar sugar transport. Plant Cell 18, 3476-90