EVENT: biology17

2–3 Feb 2017, University of Bern


EVENT: 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress

26–30 Jun 2017, Geneva


Current Research Topics in the SPSW

An integrative phylogenetic approach to elucidate the evolution of plant diversity

Plant Evolution and Systematics

The fundamental goal of my research is to understand the evolution of plant diversity. To achieve this goal, I integrate...

Costs and benefits of phytochemical diversity in coevolved systems

Chemical Ecology of Plant-herbivore Interactions

Plants produce a puzzling diversity of defensive chemicals in their struggle to deter herbivorous enemies. Complex chemi...

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...

Human-forest interface in subtropical and tropical regions – Forest management and development group (ForDev)

Biodiversity Conservation – Natural Resources Management

Forest fragmentation and degradation, pollution, the unsustainable use of natural resources and the spread of invasive s...

Macromolecular trafficking and intercellular communication in plants

Molecular and Cellular Plant-Virus Interactions

Intercellular communication in plants plays pivotal roles in the orchestration of development and defence responses and ...

Population genetics and evolutionary biology of plant pathogenic fungi

Plant Pathology

Plant pathogens evolve rapidly to overcome the disease control strategies that are deployed against them. Resistance gen...

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SPSW members among the Highly Cited Researchers Clarivate Analytics published the 2016 Web of Science based list of highly cited researchers. These SPSW group leaders are among...


Understanding Biodiversity Biodiversity is the topic of a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) by the Institute for Evolutionary Biology and Environmental...

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