Andreas Holzinger

“I study plant cell biology, focusing on abiotic stress tolerance. One of the key questions in my research is how plants conquered land from their initial aquatic habitats, a process called terrestrialization. My main research interests are in desiccation, light- and UV tolerance. Main research objects are green algae of the streptophytic lineage (sister to land plants), but also terrestrial- and symbiotic algae, as well as higher plants from alpine and polar regions are used as models.

I regularly supervise Bachelor, Master and PhD students. I am active in supporting young researchers with my activities in the Section of Phycology of the German Botanical Society.”


Selected Publications

  • Permann C, Pichrtová M, Šoljakova T, Herburger K, Jouneau P-H, Uwizeye C, Falconet D, Marechal E, Holzinger A (2023) 3D‐reconstructions of zygospores in Zygnema vaginatum (Charophyta) reveal details of cell wall formation, suggesting adaptations to extreme habitats. Physiologia Plantarum. 175: e13988.
  • Permann C, Herburger K, Felhofer M, Gierlinger N, Holzinger A 2021. Induction of conjugation and zygospore cell wall characteristics in the alpine Spirogyra mirabilis (Zygnematophyceae, Charophyta): Advantage under climate change scenarios? Plants 10, 1740. doi:10.3390/plants10081740
  • Arc E, Pichrtová M, Kranner I, Holzinger A 2020. Pre-akinete formation in Zygnema sp. from polar habitats is associated with metabolite re-arrangement. J Exp. Bot. 71: 3314–3322. doi:10.1093/jxb/eraa123
  • Rippin M, Pichrtová M, Arc E, Kranner I, Becker B, Holzinger A 2019. Metatranscriptomic and metabolite profiling reveals vertical heterogeneity within a Zygnema green algal mat from Svalbard (High Arctic). Environ Microbiol 21: 4283-4299. doi:10.1111/1462-2920.14788
  • Herburger K, Ryan L, Popper ZA, Holzinger A 2018. Localisation and substrate specificities of transglycanases in charophyte algae relate to development and morphology J. Cell Sci. 131: jcs203208. doi: 10.1242/jcs.203208

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Additional research achievements

  • Editorial Board member of Protoplasma and Phycologia
  • Editor of Special issues of Journal of Experimental Botany, Protoplasma
  • Organizer of Section Meeting Phycology, German Botanical Society
  • Listed as Highly Cited Author (Baas J, KW Boyack, JPA Ioannidis (2021) August 2021 data-update for “Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators”, Mendeley Data, V3; DOI: 10.17632/btchxktzyw.3; Ioannidis JPA, KW Boyack, J Baas (2020) Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators. PLoS Biol 18(10): e3000918.; KW Boyack, J Baas (2020) Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators. PLoS Biol 18(10): e3000918.
  • Guest scientist at the UCSD La Jolla, CA, USA


  • Mare Balticum Research Fellowship, Rostock, Germany 2022
  • Fulbright Research Scholar, UConn, CT, USA 2018
  • Canada Research Price, 2006

All Research achievements


  • Plant Cell Biology
  • Plant Anatomy
  • Ultrastructure of Plant Cells


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