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Benkova Group

Plant Developmental Biology

True to their name’s Greek roots, plant hormones “set in motion” a myriad of physiological processes. Influencing and modulating each other, an intricate network of interactions arises. The Benková group seeks to untangle this network and understand its molecular basis.

Plants as sessile organisms constantly integrate varying environmental signals to flexibly adapt their growth and development. Local heterogeneities in water and nutrients availability, sudden changes in temperature, light or other stresses trigger dramatic changes in plant growth and development. Multiple hormonal signaling cascades interconnected into complex networks act as essential endogenous translators of these exogenous signals in plant adaptive responses. How the hormonal networks are established, maintained and modulated to control specific developmental outputs is the focus of the Benková group. Recently, the group has located several convergence points that integrate different hormonal inputs. Importantly, some of these identified components exceed their function in the hormonal crosstalk and provide functional links with pathways mediating perception of environmental stimuli.

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David Babic

PhD Student

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Marina Borges Osorio


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Mónika Hrtyan

Research Technician

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Syamala Inumella

PhD Student

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Valentin Leitner

PhD Student

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Stefan Riegler

PhD Student

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Julia Senkiv

Research Technician

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Tereza Tomickova

PhD Student

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Ljupka Trajkova

Research Technician

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Yiqun Wang

PhD Student

Current Projects

Convergence of hormonal pathways on transport-dependent auxin distribution | Identification of hormonal cross-talk components by genetic approaches | Hormonal crosstalk driven nutrient-dependent root development


Abualia R, Ötvös K, Novák O, Bouguyon E, Domanegg K, Krapp A, Nacry P, Gojon A, Lacombe B, Benková E. 2022. Molecular framework integrating nitrate sensing in root and auxin-guided shoot adaptive responses. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 119(31), e2122460119. View

Johnson AJ, Dahhan DA, Gnyliukh N, Kaufmann W, Zheden V, Costanzo T, Mahou P, Hrtyan M, Wang J, Aguilera Servin JL, van Damme D, Beaurepaire E, Loose M, Bednarek SY, Friml J. 2021. The TPLATE complex mediates membrane bending during plant clathrin-mediated endocytosis. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 118(51), e2113046118. View

Abualia R. 2021. Role of hormones in nitrate regulated growth. IST Austria. View

Marconi M, Gallemi M, Benková E, Wabnik K. 2021. A coupled mechano-biochemical model for cell polarity guided anisotropic root growth. eLife. 10, 72132. View

Semerádová H. 2021. Molecular mechanisms of the cytokinin-regulated endomembrane trafficking to coordinate plant organogenesis. IST Austria. View

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since 2016 Professor, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)
2013 – 2016 Assistant Professor, Institute of Science and Technology Austria (ISTA)
2011 – 2013 Group Leader, Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC), Brno, Czech Republic
2007 – 2013 Group Leader, Flanders Institute for Biotechnology, Ghent, Belgium
2003 – 2007 Habilitation position, University of Tübingen, Germany
2001 – 2003 Postdoc, Centre for Plant Molecular Biology, Tübingen, Germany
1998 – 2001 Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding, Cologne, Germany

Selected Distinctions

2017 Member, EMBO
2014 Highly Cited Scientist
2014 FWF-ANR Bilateral Grant
2011 FWO Grants
2008 ERC Starting Grant
2003 – 2007 Margarete von Wrangell Habilitation Program

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Nitrate project funded by Austrian Science Fund grant

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