EVENT: Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing – Rights and duties in scientific research

9 Sep 2016, Naturhistorisches Museum der Bürgergemeinde Bern, Bern


EVENT: Plants for Health – PSC Symposium 2016

1 Dec 2016, Auditorium Maximum, ETH Zurich


Current Research Topics in the SPSW

Grass endophytes

Plant Ecological Genetics

Symbiotic associations between organisms are common in ecosystems, but mutual benefits may be conditional depending on t...

Phyllosphere microbiome


Plants do not exist as sterile organisms but are populated by microorganisms both below (rhizosphere) and above the grou...

Plant cell differentiation - Which role for phosphoinositides?

Plant Vascular Development

A central question in plant development is how cells acquire their final fate. An extreme example of cell differentiatio...

Plant genetic networks – from databases to computational modeling

Functional Genomics

Using a systems biology approach, we are modeling biochemical pathways and regulatory processes that affect plant functi...

Plant-animal interactions and ecosystem function

Ecology of Plant Reproduction

The ecology of plant reproductive processes underlies the composition and dynamics of ecosystems and is essential for th...

Tree ecology

Tropical Rain Forest Ecology

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

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