Hans-Henning Kunz is the first HFSP Fellow to receive the Strasburger Prize

The award has been given to Hans-Henning Kunz for his breakthrough discovery of a completely unknown role for fatty acid beta-oxidation in plants. This new biochemical pathway is a crucial survival strategy for overcoming shortage of photosynthetically produced energy and allows plants to survive under elongated dark periods. This pathway allows plants to recycle chemically bound energy stored in fatty acids as an alternative if photosynthetic derived starch is in short supply. The biennial Strasburger Prize awarded by the German Botanical Society honors an outstanding PhD in the field of plant biology. After finishing his PhD work in Cologne, Hans-Henning Kunz received an HFSP fellowship to work on complex signal transduction in guard cells with Julian Schroeder at the University of California, San Diego.

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