Wolfgang Busch, PhD

Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory
Integrative Biology Laboratory
Hess Chair in Plant Science

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 »


MS, Biology, University of Tübingen, Germany
PhD, Biology, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology and University of Tübingen, Germany

Awards & Honors

  • Society for Experimental Biology President's Medal, 2015
  • Annals of Botany Lecture, ICAR, 2014

  • Genome Web Young Investigator, Genomeweb Intelligence Network, 2013
  • Doctoral Thesis Award, Reinhold-und-Maria-Teufel Foundation, 2009
  • Fellowship of the Cusanuswerk, 2004