Setareh Jamali Jaghdani

Setareh Jamali Jaghdani started her Ph.D. studies at the IAPN in January, 2018.


During her Ph.D. research project entitled “Capacity and efficiency of photosynthesis and photoprotective mechanisms under magnesium deficiency in crop plants – linking plant physiology with plant genomic and proteomic reactions“, the impact of magnesium deficiency on the photosystem functionality and photosynthetic efficiency will be investigated. Furthermore, it includes studies on the concurrent role of photoprotective strategies such as formation of non-photochemical quenching (NPQ), detoxification of reactive oxygen species and chloroplast movement and ultrastructure. Plant physiological studies will be combined with molecular techniques and microscopic imaging to reveal structural and biochemical alterations in leaves after plants have been exposed to magnesium deficiency. The methodology used will include among others, gas exchange measurements, chlorophyll fluorescence analysis, enzymatic studies in vitro, studies on photosynthesis related proteins by 2D-gel electrophoresis, and analysis of gene expression by qPCR.

The Ph.D. project with a scheduled duration of three years is funded by K+S Minerals and Agriculture GmbH. Supervision will be done by Jun.-Prof. Dr. Merle Tränkner.

Setareh has successfully completed her master’s studies at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences in the Division of Plant Pathology and Plant Protection at the university of Göttingen in 2017. In 2013 she did her Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering-Horticulture at the University of Tehran.



Publications in refereed journals and refereed conference proceedings.

Jamali Jaghdani, S.; Jahns, P. & Tränkner, M. (2020): Mg deficiency induces photo-oxidative stress primarily by limiting CO2 assimilation and not by limiting photosynthetic light utilization. Plant Science,

Tränkner, M. & Jamali Jaghdani, S. (2019) Minimum magnesium concentrations for photosynthetic efficiency in wheat and sunflower seedlings. Journal of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry 144, 234-243. doi: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2019.09.040.

Jamali Jaghdani, S. & Tränkner, M. (2019): Influence of Magnesium on photosynthesis and photoprotection in Hordeum vulgare L. Annual Meeting of the German Society of Plant Nutrition (DGP), September 25th – 27th, Berlin, Germany.

Jamali Jaghdani, S. & Tränkner, M. (2018): Minimum magnesium supply and its effect on photosynthetic activities in Triticum aestivum and Helianthus annuus. International Conference of the German Society of Plant Nutrition (DGP), September 13th – 14th, Osnabrück, Germany.

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