Wormit, Alexandra Dr.

Akademische Rätin

Research Area: Plant Metabolism and Cell Walls

  • Phone: +49 (0)241 80 26766
  • Address: RWTH Aachen University, Institute for Biology I, Worringer Weg 3, 52074 Aachen
  • Room: Building AVZ II, Room 3.117
  • E-Mail: awormit (a.t.) bio1.rwth-aachen.de


Research Interest
  • abiotic stress response of plants
  • coordination of cell wall and carbon metabolism
  • role of class II TPS genes in the stress response of Arabidopsis thaliana
  • secondary metabolism in crop plants like tomato and (bell) pepper
  • substitution of conventional material by bio-based components
  • role of fructan metabolism genes in non-fructan plants
Journal Publications

Life cycle assessment and sustainable engineering in the context of near net shape grown components: striving  towards  a  sustainable  way  of  future  production (2017). Kämpfer  C,  Seiler  TB,  Beger  AL,  Jacobs  G,  Löwer  M,  Moser  F,  Reimer  JJ,
Trautz M, Usadel B, Wormit A, Hollert H. (2017)  Environ  Sci  Eur. 2017;29(1):27. doi: 10.1186/s12302-017-0125-x.

Fungal mycelium as a building material (2017). Moser  F,  Trautz  M,  Beger  AL,  Löwer  M,  Jacobs  G,  Hillringhaus  F,  Wormit  A, Usadel B and Reimer JJ (2017).  IASS – Interfaces: architecture.engineering.science.

De novo Assembly of a  new  Solanum  pennellii  Accession  using  nanopore  sequencing (2017). Schmidt MH, Vogel A, Denton AK, Istace B, Wormit A, van de Geest H, Bolger ME, Alseekh S, Maß J, Pfaff C, Schurr U, Chetelat RT, Maumus F, Aury JM,
Koren S, Fernie AR, Zamir D, Bolger A, Usadel B. (2017) Plant  Cell 29(10):2336-2348. doi: 10.1105/tpc.17.00521.

Bio-based structural  components  grown  into  near  net  shape (2016). Moser  F,  Trautz  M,  Beger  AL,  Löwer  M,  Feldhusen  J,  Prell  J,  Reimer  JJ, Wormit A,  Usadel  B,  Kämpfer  C,  Seiler  TB,  Hollert  H.  (2016)   Structures  and Architecture  -  Proceedings  of  the  3rd  International  Conference  on Structures and Architecture, ICSA2016.

Substituting conventional materials  and  manufacturing  for  sustainable,  near  net  shape  grown components (2015). Löwer  M,  Beger  AL,  Feldhusen  J,  Wormit  A,  Prell  J,  Usadel  B,  Seiler  TB, Kämpfer C, Hollert H, Moser F, Trautz M. (2015) Proceedings  of  the  20th  International  Conference  on Engineering Design, ICED 15 Vol 1: Design for Life, Milan, Italy.

Growing Near Net Shape Components from  Renewable  Materials (2015). Löwer M, Beger AL, Raza I, Feldhusen J, Wormit A, Prell J, Usadel B, Seiler TB, Kämpfer C, Hollert H, Trautz M. (2015) Procedia  CIRP  29,  609  –  614. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.procir.2015.02.206.

Overexpression of a pectin methylesterase inhibitor in Arabidopsis thaliana leads to altered growth morphology of the stem and defective organ separation. (2013) Müller K, Levesque-Tremblay G, Fernandes A, Wormit A, Bartels S, Usadel B, Kermode AR. Plant Signal Behav. 2013;8(12):e26464. doi: 10.4161/psb.26464

Demethylesterification of cell wall pectins in Arabidopsis thaliana plays a role in seed germination. (2012) Müller K, Levesque-Tremblay G, Bartels S, Weitbrecht K, Wormit A, Usadel B, Haughn G, Kermode AR. Plant Physiol. 161(1):305-16

Osmosensitive changes of carbohydrate metabolism in response to cellulose biosynthesis inhibition.(2012) Wormit A, Butt SM, Chairam I, McKenna JF, Nunes-Nesi A, Kjaer L, O'Donnelly K, Fernie AR, Woscholski R, Barter MC, Hamann T. Plant Physiol. 2012 May;159(1):105-17

Cell wall damage-induced lignin biosynthesis is regulated by a reactive oxygen species- and jasmonic acid-dependent process in Arabidopsis.(2011) Denness L, McKenna JF, Segonzac C, Wormit A, Madhou P, Bennett M, Mansfield J, Zipfel C, Hamann T. Plant Physiol. 2011 Jul;156(3):1364-74

Proton-driven sucrose symport and antiport are provided by the vacuolar transporters SUC4 and TMT1/2 (2011). Schulz  A,  Beyhl  D,  Marten  I,  Wormit  A,  Neuhaus  HE,  Poschet  G,  Büttner  M, Schneider S, Sauer N, Hedrich R. (2011) Plant J 68 (1): 129-136. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-313X.2011.04672.x.

Increased activity of the vacuolar monosaccharide transporter TMT1 alters cellular sugar partitioning, sugar signaling, and seed yield in Arabidopsis. (2010) Wingenter K, Schulz A, Wormit A, Wic S, Trentmann O, Hoermiller II, Heyer AG, Marten I, Hedrich R, Neuhaus HE. Plant Physiol. 2010 Oct;154(2):665-77.

Molecular identification and physiological characterization of a novel monosaccharide transporter from Arabidopsis involved in vacuolar sugar transport. (2006) Wormit A, Trentmann O, Feifer I, Lohr C, Tjaden J, Schmidt U, Mayer S, Martinoia E & Neuhaus HE Plant Cell 18, 1-15

Characterization of three novel members of the Arabidopsis thaliana equilibrative nucleoside transporter (ENT) family. (2004) Wormit A, Traub M, Flörchinger M, Neuhaus HE & Möhlmann T Biochem. J. 382, 1-8



 Erschließung  pflanzlicher  Abfälle  für  die  chemische  Industrie  am
Beispiel  des  Tomatenanbaus (2017).  RIN  Jahrestagung  “Regionale
Innovationspotenziale durch zirkuläre Wertschöpfung”, Düsseldorf, Germany

InducTomE - Transcriptome analysis of valuable secondary metabolism
in green plant residues from tomato after abiotic induction (2017). SolCuc 2017,
Valencia, Spain

Induction of secondary metabolites in tomato by-products for extraction
and economic evaluation of the model process (2017). Bioeconomy Congress 2017,
Stuttgart, Germany

Cellulose  biosynthesis  inhibition  affects  trehalose-6-phosphate
metabolism (2017).  Tagung  Molekularbiologie  der  Pflanze  2017,  Dabringhausen,

Trehalose-6-phosphate metabolism is affected by cellulose biosynthesis
inhibition (2016). NorPlantBio 2016, Trondheim, Norway

InducTomE - Induction of secondary metabolites in tomato by-products (2016).
BioSc-Symposium 2016, Köln, Deutschland

Changes in primary metabolism caused by cell wall stress are modulated by turgor pressure. (2010) Plastid preview meeting, Imperial College, London, UK, 2010



Wormit  A,  Reimer  JJ,  Biermann  R, Junker L, Wiese-Klinkenberg A, Usadel B. Induction of secondary metabolites in tomato by-products after abiotic stress.  Botanikertagung,  Kiel,  Germany, 2017.

Reimer  JJ,  Wormit  A,  Pagano  N,  Beger  AL,  Schäfer  M, Jacobs G, Usadel B. Calabash  as  a  new  sustainable  material  for  lightweight  design.  SolCuc 2017,  Valencia,  Spain.

Reimer JJ, Wormit A, Usadel B, Beger AL, Löwer M, Moser F, Trautz M, Kämpfer C, Seiler TB, Hollert H. Increasing  biodiversity  in  agriculture  by  near  net  shape  grown  bio-material, Eco-Summit 2016, Montpellier, France.

Moser  F, Trautz M, Beger AL, Löwer M, Feldhusen J, Prell J, Reimer J, Wormit A, Usadel B, Kämpfer C, Seiler TB, Hollert H. Bio-based structural components  grown into near net shape.  ICSA2016, Structures  and  Architecture:  Beyond  their  Limits  2016,  Portugal. 

Wormit  A, Schnell S, Mantai A, Metzen C, Glowa A, Usadel B. The  role  of  a  fructan  exohydrolase,  AtFEH1,  in  the  non-fructan  plant Arabidopsis  thaliana. Botanikertagung,  München,  Germany, 2015. 

Wormit  A,  Dietrich  S,  Teufel  M   ,  Trebus  R,  Heil  R,  Lunn  JE, Usadel B. Cellulose  biosynthesis  inhibition  affects  trehalose-6-phosphate metabolism.  International  Plant  Molecular  Biology  Congress  2015,  Iguazu Falls,  Brasil. 

Wormit A, Teufel M, Trebus R, Heil R, Lunn J, Usadel B (2014) Cellulose biosynthesis inhibition affects trehalose-6-phosphate metabolism. 9th Tri-National Arabidopsis Meeting, Heidelberg, Germany, 2014

Wormit A, Trebus R, Lunn J, Usadel B (2013) Trehalose-6-phosphate – a regulator of cell wall metabolism in response to cellulose biosynthesis inhibition? The XIIIth Cell Wall Meeting, Nantes, France, 2013

Wormit A, Butt SM, Chairam I, McKenna JF, Nunes-Nesi A, Kjaer L, O'Donnelly K, Fernie AR, Woscholski R, Barter MC, Hamann T (2012) The coordination of cellulose biosynthesis with carbohydrate metabolism is osmosensitive. Plant Cell Walls Gordon Research Conference, USA, 2012

Wormit A, Nunes-Nesi A, Fernie A, Hamann T (2010) Changes in primary metabolism caused by cell wall stress are modulated by turgor pressure. 21st International Conference of Arabidopsis Research, Japan, 2010

Wormit A, Nunes-Nesi A, Fernie A, Hamann T (2010) Changes in primary metabolism caused by cell wall stress are modulated by turgor pressure. Keystone Symposium “Receptors and Signaling in Plant Development and Biotic Interactions”, USA, 2010

Wormit A, Nunes-Nesi A, Fernie A, Hamann T (2010) Changes in primary metabolism caused by cell wall stress are modulated by turgor pressure. 23. Tagung Molekularbiologie der Pflanzen, Dabringhausen, 2010

Wormit A, Hamann T (2008) Cellulose biosynthesis inhibition affects sugar metabolism. Cell Wall Biosynthesis Conference, Pacific Grove, USA, 2008

Feifer I, Wormit A, Stamme C, Neuhaus HE (2004) Absence of three so far not characterized monosaccharide transporters from Arabidopsis thaliana alters cellular sugar sensing. Deutsche Botanikertagung, Braunschweig, Germany, 2004

Möhlmann T, Wormit A, Zimmermann M, Neuhaus HE (2003) Nucleoside metabolism and transport in plants. AFGN Symposium, Wittenberg, Germany, 2003