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Functional aspects of plant surfaces

The working group focuses on structure and functionality of plant surfaces.

Surfaces play a crucial role for the interactions of plants and their environment. In millions of years an almost endless number of multifunctional plant surfaces with complex structures and functions evolved. Understanding these functions (e.g. the natural protection against pathogens by superhydrophobic (water repellent) surfaces or the reflection and absorption of sunlight) is important in horticulture. To investigate these structure-function relationship and possible modifications e.g. by abiotic influences like pesticides or mechanical treatment, the surfaces are analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and other methods.

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