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Plant Sciences


Our investigations were focused on energy metabolism, on the significance of antioxidative systems under anoxia followed by postanoxia, and on the lipid composition, stability and functioning of membranes and organelles under the same conditions. In order to test our hypothesis, we made use of manipulated dryland plants and of the comparison between wetland and dryland species.


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Prof. Dr. Roland Brändle


We are very sad to announce that our valued former colleague, Roland Brändle, passed away on 18. December 2022, after a long illness. He joined the IPS in 1967 as assistant and was soon promoted, from 1990 until his retirement in 2004 he was professor in our institute. Roland made important contributions to plant physiology: in the early 70s he studied the effect of sulphur, especially H2S, on photosynthesis, while in later years he was particularly known for his research on plant stress caused by flooding and a shortage of oxygen. He was also a dedicated teacher and educated many students in Bern. Roland was an excellent colleague and was a very social person with a great sense of humour. We will always remember Roland Brändle and is great contribution to our institute, our deepest sympathies go to his family, especially his wife Monique.
  • Properties of mitochondrial permeability transition (MPT) in plants
  • Membrane lipids and significance of N-acylphosphatidylethanolamine (NAPE) under stress (e.g. anoxia/postanoxia)
  • Rawyler A. and Brändle R.
    N-acylphosphatidylethanolamine accumulation in potato cells upon energy shortage caused by anoxia or respiratory inhibitors
    Plant Physiol 127 (1) 240-251. Reprint

  • Arpagaus S. and Brändle R.
    The significance of alfa-amylase under anoxia in tolerant rhizomes (Acorus calamus L. ) and non-tolerant tubers (Solanum tuberosum L., var. Désirée).
    J Exp Bot 51 (349) 1475-1477. Reprint

  • Pavelic D. Arpagaus S. Rawyler A. and Brändle R.
    Impact of post-anoxia stress on membrane lipids of anoxia-pretreated potato cells: a re-appraisal
    Plant Physiol 124 (3) 1285-1292. Reprint

  • Oberson, J., Pavelic, D., Braendle, R., Rawyler, A.
    Nitrate increases membrane stability of potato cells under anoxia
    J Plant Physiol 155 (6) 792-794.

  • Rawyler, A., Pavelic, D., Gianinazzi, Ch., Oberson, J. and Brändle, R.
    Membrane Lipid Integrity Relies on a Threshold of ATP Production Rate in Potato Cell Cultures Submitted to Anoxia
    Plant Physiol 120 (1) 293-300. Reprint

  • Tadege, M., Brändle, R., and Kuhlemeier, C.
    Anoxia tolerance in tobacco roots: effect of overexpression of pyruvate decarboxylase
    Plant J. 14 327-335. Reprint

List of publications
further publication
  • Brunold, Ch., Rüegsegger, A. und Brändle, R., Hrsg. 1996
    Stress bei Pflanzen, UTB, P. Haupt-Verlag, Bern-Stuttgart-Wien, 407 pp.