Wolfgang Busch

Associate Professor
Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory
Integrative Biology Laboratory

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The Salk Institute to receive $12.5 million gift from Hess Corporation to accelerate development of plant-based carbon capture and storage

LA JOLLA—Salk’s Harnessing Plants Initiative (HPI) will receive a $12.5 million gift from Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES) to advance two projects to enhance plants’ natural ability to store carbon and …

Getting to the root of how plants tolerate too much iron

LA JOLLA—Iron is essential for plant growth, but with heavy rainfall and poor aeration, many acidic soils become toxic with excess iron. In countries with dramatic flood seasons, such as …

Gene identified that will help develop plants to fight climate change

LA JOLLA—Hidden underground networks of plant roots snake through the earth foraging for nutrients and water, similar to a worm searching for food. Yet, the genetic and molecular mechanisms that …

Salk Institute initiative to receive more than $35 million to fight climate change

LA JOLLA—The Salk Institute’s Harnessing Plants Initiative to combat climate change using plants, led by Professor Joanne Chory, executive director of the Harnessing Plants Initiative, will receive funding of more …

A better dye job for roots—in plants

LA JOLLA—(June 1, 2017) Once we start coloring our hair, we may be surprised to learn that we begin to have a problem in common with plant biologists: finding the …

Helping plants pump iron

Seedlings (bottom) and roots (top) of Arabidopsis thaliana plants reveal that one variant of the FRO2 gene (right) is better for growth in low-iron conditions than the other FRO2 variant (left).

Salk Institute hires star scientists in plant biology and cancer research

LA JOLLA—The Salk Institute is pleased to welcome Wolfgang Busch as an associate professor and Edward Stites as an assistant professor, leaders of plant science and cancer research, respectively.

“Salk’s mission …


Diploma, Biology, University of Tübingen, Germany 2004
PhD, Biology, University of Tübingen, Germany 2009

Awards & Honors

  • 2015 Society for Experimental Biology President's Medal 2015
  • 2014 Annals of Botany Lecture; ICAR 2014; Vancouver; Canada
  • 2013 Genome Web Young Investigator, GenomeWeb Intelligence Network, USA
  • 2009 Doctoral thesis award, Reinhold-und-Maria-T eufel Foundation, Germany
  • 2008 PhD summa cum laude, University of Tübingen, Germany
  • 2004 PhD - Fellowship of the Cusanuswerk, Germany