Wolfgang Busch

Associate Professor
Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory
Integrative Biology Laboratory

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Videos-Busch


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 govern which parts of the soil roots explore remain largely unknown. Now, Salk Institute researchers have discovered a gene that determines whether roots grow deep or shallow in the soil. Read more »


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