Welcome to the Huber lab

We are an international research group that explores the frontiers in plant evolutionary ecology. We combine high-throughput sequencing approaches with experimental evolution, metabolic profiling, and genetic engineering to discover how plants adapt to environmental stresses. Our mission is to explore how plants defend themselves against environmental stresses and to exploit the plants biosynthetic machinery by using plants as green biofactories. Thereby, we aim to discover fundamental principles in plant evolutionary ecology and ultimately use the acquired methods to make industrial practices more sustainable.



Lab News



Feb 2024


Our new international masters program in evolutionary biology at Uni Mainz will start in winter semester 2024/25. The application portal will open in April. Join this new, cross-disciplinary program!




Jan 2024


Review by Meret Huber on the role of plant latex in pathogen defense has been accepted in Trends in Microbiology.

Latex – a potential plant defense against microbes (cell.com)



Dec 2023


Paper by Laura Böttner accepted 

Laura Böttner's manuscript on the role of phenotypic plasticity in plant adaptation to herbivory was accepted in Communications Biology. Congratulations, Laura!


November 2023


Graduate school in Mainz

The Graduate School Gene Regulation in Evolution was extended by the German research foundation.
Our group will host a PhD student to elucidate the role of small RNAs in transgenerational plasticity in duckweeds.


Dr. Amanda de Santana Lopes joined our group

Amanda Lopes joined our group as a postdoc to establish genetic transformation of the nuclear and plastic genome in duckweeds.
Welcome, Amanda!




October 2023


Enrico Diniz Rodrigues Batista joined our team

Enrico Rodrigues started as a PhD student in the lab to study the epigenetic basis of transgenerational plasticity in duckweeds.
Welcome, Enrico!





July 2023


Martina Galloway joined our team

Martina Galloway supports our team as an administrative manager.
Welcome, Martina!




Meret Huber becomes director of the botanical garden

Meret Huber will serve as the new director of the botanical garden of the University of Mainz. Looking forward to contributing to the botanical garden and the planning of the new greenhouses!


June 2023


Manuela Rathgeber joined our team

Manuela Rathgeber joined our team as a technical assistant.
Welcome, Manuela!






January 2023


First PhD paper by Laura Böttner

Laura Böttner’s first PhD paper on the ecological function of natural rubber was accepted in New Phytologist. Congratulations, Laura!



December 2022

©Stefan F. Sämmer, JGU Mainz


Funding through Emmy Noether Programme

Meret Huber receives funding from the Emmy Noether Programme to study the role of DNA methylation in transgenerational stress resistance.