Prof. Dr. Jörg Durner


Biochemical Plant Pathology

Professor erimitus since April 1, 2023

Academic Career and Research Areas

Prof. Durner (b. 1957) holds the Chair of Biochemical Plant Pathology (Center of Life and Food Sciences, Weihenstephan) and is the director of the institute of the same name at Helmholtz Zentrum München. The institute explores natural defense mechanisms and the growth and health of plants in response to environmental cues. The focus of the research is on understanding the molecular mechanisms of signal transduction cascades, especially redox signals like nitric oxide (NO).

After studying biology and completing his doctorate at the University of Konstanz, Prof. Durner was a research associate at the Waksman Institute of Rutgers University (NJ, USA) from 1994 to 1998. He qualified as a lecturer in physiology and biochemistry of plants at the University of Konstanz in 1999. Prof. Durner is an environmental researcher at the Helmholtz Association’s research center in Munich.

Lindermayr C, Sell S, Müller B, Leister D, Durner J: “Redox regulation of the
NPR1-TGA1 system of Arabidopsis thaliana by nitric oxide”. Plant Cell. 2010; 22(8): 2894-907.


Lindermayr C, Saalbach G, Durner J: “Proteomic identification of
S-nitrosylated proteins in Arabidopsis”. Plant Physiol. 2005;137(3): 921-30.


Zeidler D, Zähringer U, Gerber I, Dubery I, Hartung T, Bors W, Hutzler P,
Durner J: “Innate immunity in Arabidopsis thaliana: lipopolysaccharides activate
nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and induce defense genes”. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.
2004; 101(44): 15811-6.


Durner J, Wendehenne D, Klessig DF: „Defense gene induction in tobacco by
nitric oxide, cyclic GMP, and cyclic ADP-ribose”. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.
1998; 95(17): 10328-33.


Durner J, Klessig DF: “Inhibition of ascorbate peroxidase by salicylic acid
and 2,6-dichloroisonicotinic acid, two inducers of plant defense responses”. Proc
Natl Acad Sci U S A.
1995; 92(24): 11312-6.