EVENT: Botanica Sudalpina Conference 2017

18 November 2017, Lugano, Switzerland


EVENT: IsoCycles 2017

15-20 Oct 2017, Monte Verita, Ticino, Switzerland


Current Research Topics in the SPSW

Discovering how chloroplasts are made

Chloroplasts and Photosynthesis

The chloroplast is the site of photosynthesis in plants. Most of the chloroplast proteins must be imported from the cyto...



Ethnobotanical studies involve the investigation of biocultural diversity and thus the interactions between plants and p...

Greenhouse gas fluxes in forests and agroecosystems

Biosphere–Atmosphere Exchange Processes

My main interest is the quantification of greenhouse gas fluxes of CO2, CH4 and N2O and the surface energy fluxes of div...

Plant ecological genomics

Plant Genome Evolution and Diversification

Despite evidence pointing to gene duplication, transposition and epigenetic changes going along with plant diversificati...

Tree ecology

Tropical Rain Forest Ecology

The focus of our group is on fundamental research into tropical rain forests, their structure, dynamics and functioning,...

Understanding spatial accommodating responses during plant development

Plant Cell Biology

Osmotically-driven turgor pressure of plant cells can be higher than that of a car tire. It puts tremendous forces onto ...

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