Research Portfolios

Comparative Evolutionary Biology and Systematics

Adaptation and diversification of succulent plants

PD Dr. Reto Nyffeler, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany

The succulent life form is a tried and true strategy for flowering plants to thrive in arid environments. The adaptation...

Plant Evolution and Systematics

An integrative phylogenetic approach to elucidate the evolution of plant diversity

Prof. Dr. Elena Conti, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany

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

Archaeobotany

Archaeobotany

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Jacomet, Associated Groups (Non SPSW Members), University of Basel (Non PSC Groups), Integrative Prehistory and Archaeological Science

Archaeobotany is part of environmental archaeology. It concerns the study of plant macro- and microremains (mainly seeds...

Biocommunication & Ecology

Biocommunication & ecology

Prof. Dr. Consuelo De Moraes, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

Chemistry plays a key role in mediating diverse ecological interactions among species, with important implications...

Ecosystem Functioning and Global Change

Biogeochemistry and biodiversity of agro- and forest ecosystems

Prof. Dr. Nina Buchmann, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

Research in the Grassland Sciences group focuses on the process- and system-oriented understanding of functional plant...

Molecular Plant-Pathogen Interactions

Broad-spectrum resistance against fungal diseases in cereals

Dr. Simon Krattinger, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Cereal crops in the field are constantly attacked by fungal pathogens, such as the rust diseases, Fusarium or mildews....

Crop Improvement

Cassava biotechnology research

Dr. Hervé Vanderschuren, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

Cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) is an important starchy food crop in the tropics and subtropics. Our cassava projects...

Plant Biotechnology

Cereal biotechnology research for crop improvement

Dr. Navreet K. Bhullar, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

Cereals, such as rice and wheat, are important source of food worldwide but they contain very low levels of bioavailable...

Systematic Botany

Chemical and evolutionary ecology of plant - insect interactions

Prof. Dr. Florian P. Schiestl, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany

Plants interact with a vast array of insects in antagonistic and mutualistic associations. Among the various channels...

Chemical Ecology

Chemical signals involved in plant-insect interactions

Prof. Dr. Ted Turlings, BeNeFri, University of Neuchâtel, Institute of Biology

Plants under attack by herbivores initiate the production and release of volatiles that are attractive to the natural...

Chloroplast Metabolism

Chlorophyll breakdown

Prof. Dr. Stefan Hörtensteiner, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Chlorophyll breakdown is the most obvious sign of leaf senescence, but occurs also during fruit ripening and as response...

Genetics of Photosynthesis

Chloroplast biogenesis and light acclimation

Prof. Dr. Michel Goldschmidt-Clermont, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Geneva, Department of Botany and Plant Biology

Chloroplasts are organelles of the plant cell that specialize in photosynthesis. In this process, light energy from the...

Acclimation to Changing Environmental Conditions

Chloroplast signaling

Prof. Dr. Jean-David Rochaix, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Geneva, Department of Botany and Plant Biology

Plants and algae are constantly subjected to changes in light quality and quantity and need to adapt rapidly to maintain...

Molecular Genetics of Plant Development

Chromatin and transcriptome dynamics during sexual plant reproduction

Dr. Célia Baroux, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Sexual reproduction in flowering plants involves several cell fate transitions: (i) vegetative-to-reproductive...

Global Change and Soil Ecology

Consequences of environmental change on plant communities and plant-soil interactions

PD Dr. Pascal Niklaus, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Dept. of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

The research conducted in my group focuses on the consequences of environmental change for plant communities and the...

Chemical Ecology of Plant-herbivore Interactions

Costs and benefits of phytochemical diversity in coevolved systems

Dr. Tobias Züst, BeNeFri, University of Bern, Institute of Plant Sciences

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

Plant Genetics and Development

Crop breeding and genomics

PD Dr. Zerihun Tadele, BeNeFri, University of Bern, Institute of Plant Sciences

Research in my group focuses on increasing the productivity of crops in order to contribute towards alleviating the...

Plant Developmental Genetics

Cytokinin's role in embryonic root stem-cell formation

Dr. Bruno Müller, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Despite the essential role of plants to support animal life on earth, our understanding of plant developmental processes...

Developmental Cell Biology of Plants

Developmental cell biology of plants

Prof. Dr. Niko Geldner, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Lausanne, Department of Plant Molecular Biology

One of our main topics of interest is the study of endodermis as an invariant feature of vascular plants. It fulfils a...

Chloroplasts and Photosynthesis

Discovering how chloroplasts are made

Prof. Dr. Felix Kessler, BeNeFri, University of Neuchâtel, Institute of Biology

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

Plant Systematics and Evolution

Dynamics of neotropical plant diversification

Dr. Colin Hughes, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany

Geotemporal patterns of plant species diversification and the causes of differences in species richness among clades and...

Ecological and Developmental Genetics

Ecological and developmental genetics

Dr. Samuel Wüst, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Dept. of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

The study of genetic variation in ecologically relevant plant traits can lead to an understanding of evolutionary...

Plant Population Ecology

Ecology and evolution in invasive plants

Prof. Dr. Heinz Müller-Schärer, BeNeFri, University of Fribourg, Department of Biology

Invasion ecology, the study of the distribution and spread of organisms in habitats to which they are not native, has...

Ecology and Evolution of Plant Sexual Systems

Ecology and evolution of plant sexual systems

Prof. Dr. John Pannell, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Lausanne, Department of Ecology and Evolution

Paleoecology and Vegetation Dynamics

Ecosystem and vegetation responses to climatic change, disturbance and land use

Prof. Dr. Willy Tinner, BeNeFri, University of Bern, Institute of Plant Sciences

We use a long-term perspective to address questions about the ecological and societal consequences of climatic change....

Plant Ecology

Ecosystem function and biodiversity under global change

Prof. em. Dr. Christian Körner, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Basel, Dept. of Environmental Sciences – Botany

Plant ecology studies the interaction between plants and their environment. Ecosystem science considers life processes...

Sustainable Agroecosystems

Elucidating and promoting sustainable agriculture across the world

Prof. Dr. Johan Six, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

In order to understand sustainable agriculture and implement it, we need to elucidate the feedbacks between ecosystem...

Reconciliation of Conservation and Development

Environmental science and policy

Prof. Dr. Lian Pin Koh, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystems

Global human population will continue to grow over the next four decades. The ensuing demands for water, food and energy...

Environmental Sciences

Environmental sciences

Dr. Claudia Cosio, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Geneva, Institut F.-A. Forel

My research is at the interface between plant biology and ecotoxicogenomics. I explore plant’s response from genes...

Ethnobotany

Ethnobotany

Dr. Caroline Weckerle, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany

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

Plant Pathology

Evolutionary biology of plant pathogens

Dr. Patrick Brunner, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Integrative Biology

Research in the Plant Pathology group centers around population genetics and phylogeography of the fungal pathogens...

Mechanistic Community Ecology, Soil Ecology

Evolutionary ecology of above-belowground plant-animal interaction

Prof. Dr. Sergio Rasmann, BeNeFri, University of Neuchâtel, Institute of Biology

Which biotic and abiotic factors drive variation in species interactions remains a central question in ecology. In our...

Plant Evolutionary Genetics

Evolutionary genetics and reproductive isolation in wild tomatoes

Dr. Thomas Städler, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Integrative Biology

My long-term research encompasses large-scale sequencing studies to address questions in molecular evolution,...

Evolutionary Genomics

Evolutionary genomics and ecology of macro- and microevolutionary transitions

Dr. Peter Szövényi, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany

Our group is fascinated by the diversity and evolution of living organisms, populations and ecological systems. Our...

Plant Evolutionary Genomics

Evolutionary genomics of plant adaptation and speciation

Prof. Dr. Christian Lexer, BeNeFri, University of Fribourg, Department of Biology

Understanding the genetics of adaptation, reproductive isolation and speciation has always been of great interest to...

Evolutionary Genetics

Evolutionary genomics of plant-pathogen interactions

Prof. Dr. Daniel Croll, BeNeFri, University of Neuchâtel, Institute of Biology

Most plants face attacks by fungal pathogens. In agriculture, outbreaks of diseases are frequent and pose a significant...

Molecular Ecology of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi

Experimental fungal community assembly

Dr. Hannes A. Gamper, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

We aim at understanding the ecological and evolutionary determinants of biodiversity in natural arbuscular mycorrhizal...

Plant Ecology

Experimental plant ecology

Prof. Dr. Jake Alexander, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Lausanne, Department of Ecology and Evolution

Two of the most pressing challenges facing ecologists are forecasting the spread of non-native species and predicting...

Forage Crop Genetics

Forage crop genetics

Prof. Dr. Bruno Studer, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

The implemented Forage Crop Genetics group mainly aims at developing genetic and genomic tools that can assist plant...

Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions

Functional diversity of mycorrhizal symbiosis

PD Dr. Pierre-Emanuel Courty, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Basel, Dept. of Environmental Sciences – Botany

In mycorrhizal symbiosis, plant roots interact with friendly fungi and form a mixed organ called mycorrhiza where...

Molecular Plant Physiology - Hormone Transport

Functional interactomics of auxin transport

PD Dr. Markus Geisler, BeNeFri, University of Fribourg, Department of Biology

Work in our group is concentrating on the individual roles of auxin catalysts – members of ABCB/PGP- and PIN families -...

Plant Developmental Genetics

Genetic and epigenetic control of plant reproduction

Prof. Dr. Ueli Grossniklaus, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Our research centers on the genetic and epigenetic control of plant reproduction. We are interested in both sexual...

Molecular Ecology

Genetic basis of local adaptation

Dr. Anne Roulin, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Local adaptation represents the first step to speciation and therefore to biological diversification. Elucidating the...

Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Microbiology

Genetics and diversity of rhizobia-legume symbioses

Dr. Xavier Perret, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Geneva, Department of Botany and Plant Biology

Inside specialized cells of leguminous plants, soil bacteria known collectively as rhizobia convert chemically inert...

Molecular Genetics and Evolution

Genetics and evolution of the mycorrhizal symbiosis

Prof. Dr. Ian R. Sanders, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Lausanne, Department of Ecology and Evolution

Our work focuses on the mycorrhizal symbiosis between plants and arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi. The symbiosis occurs...

Plant Ecological Genomics

Genome dynamics and reproductive isolation

PD Dr. Christian Parisod, BeNeFri, University of Neuchâtel, Institute of Biology

Our research focuses on the impact of Transposable Elements – or jumping genes – on polyploid evolution (i.e....

Global Change Ecology

Global change ecology

Prof. Dr. Christoph Küffer, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Integrative Biology

With global change (e.g. climate change, land use changes) plant communities and ecosystems may dramatically change in...

Plant Ecological Genetics

Grass endophytes

Prof. Dr. Adrian Leuchtmann, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Integrative Biology

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

Biosphere–Atmosphere Exchange Processes

Greenhouse gas fluxes in forests and agroecosystems

Prof Dr. Werner Eugster, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

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

Evolutionary Functional Genomics / Systems Biology

How genomic changes promote adaptation and speciation in Arabidopsis relatives and in tropical trees

Prof. Dr. Kentaro Shimizu, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Dept. of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

Darwin proposed the first conclusive theory to explain biodiversity with two principles: adaptation by natural...

Biodiversity Conservation – Natural Resources Management

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

Dr. Claude Garcia, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystems

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

Plant Ecology, Evolution, and Genetics

Identifying the genes important in plant ecology and evolution

Dr. Matthew Horton, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Our work focuses on the ecology and evolution of plants. We are especially interested in finding the genes that are...

Plant Nutrition

Improve nutrient-use efficiency in agro-ecosystems

Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Frossard, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

One of the challenges of this century is to sustainably meet the needs of the growing world population. Increased food...

Plant Pathology

Induced resistance and priming against biotic and abiotic stress

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Mauch-Mani, BeNeFri, University of Neuchâtel, Institute of Biology

Plants have evolved inducible defence mechanisms to protect themselves against biotic and abiotic stresses. Upon...

Microbiology

Interactions of bacteria with plants

Prof. Dr. Leo Eberl, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Many bacteria produce small diffusible signal molecules to co-ordinate expression of particular phenotypic traits, a...

Evolutionary Biology

Limits to the adaptive evolution process

Prof. Dr. Yvonne Willi, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Basel, Dept. of Environmental Sciences – Botany

The process of adaptive evolution – in the simplest models – occurs as long as selection acts on the population and...

Molecular and Cellular Plant-Virus Interactions

Macromolecular trafficking and intercellular communication in plants

Dr. Manfred Heinlein, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Basel, Dept. of Environmental Sciences – Botany

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

Plant Nutrition

Microbial functions in soil nutrient dynamics

PD Dr. Else Bünemann, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

A good understanding of biological cycling of phosphorus in terrestrial ecosystems is important in view of both...

Plant Biotechnology

Model organism proteomics and protein regulation

PD Dr. Katja Bärenfaller, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

Protein level and protein activity are not solely determined by their respective mRNA levels, but regulation occurs also...

Molecular Plant-Pathogen Interactions

Molecular aspects of pathogenesis in plants

Prof. em. Dr. Jean-Pierre Métraux, BeNeFri, University of Fribourg, Department of Biology

<div>We are interested in the molecular determinants of fungal pathogenesis and their possible interactions with...

Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions

Molecular aspects of symbiosis and pathogenesis in plants

Prof. Dr. Thomas Boller, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Basel, Dept. of Environmental Sciences – Botany

Plants interact with microbes (bacteria and fungi), in both friendly and hostile ways – this is the essence of plant...

Plant Developmental Genetics, Hormone Signaling

Molecular genetic control of seed germination in Arabidopsis thaliana

Prof. Dr. Luis Lopez-Molina, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Geneva, Department of Botany and Plant Biology

Land plant’s success to colonize different continental environments lies in part in their ability to produce seeds:...

Plant Photoreceptor-Mediated Signal Transduction

Molecular mechanisms of light-regulated growth and development in plants

Prof. Dr. Christian Fankhauser, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Lausanne, Center for Integrative Genomics

Both genetic and environmental factors influence growth and development of any living organism. Plant development is...

Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions

Molecular plant-microbe interactions

Prof. Dr. Felix Mauch, BeNeFri, University of Fribourg, Department of Biology

Our research centers on molecular aspects of the interaction between plants and the oomycete pathogen Phytophthora....

Community Ecology

Networks of species interactions and biodiversity

Prof. Dr. Jordi Bascompte, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Dept. of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

We combine mathematical models, simulations, and data set analyses to address fundamental and applied questions in...

Experimental Plant Ecology

Organization of plant populations and communities

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schmid, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Dept. of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

Biodiversity – the variety of individuals, populations, species, and ecosystems and the natural processes occurring in...

Plant Nutrition

Oxygen isotope in phosphate, a new approach to study the soil/plant system

Dr. Federica Tamburini, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

Phosphorus (P) is a major nutrient and an important constituent in cell membranes, DNA and RNA, and energy transporters....

Heat-Shock Biology and the Mechanisms of Chaperone Actions

Perception of stress and the mechanisms of molecular chaperones

Prof. Dr. Pierre Goloubinoff, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Lausanne, Department of Plant Molecular Biology

Our research is focused on molecular chaperones, proteins that assist the (un)folding of other proteins in the cell....

Plant Development

Phloem development and function

Dr. Elisabeth Truernit, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

The plant phloem is part of the vascular tissue and consists of several highly specialized cell types. Within phloem...

Plant Nutrition

Phosphorus and nitrogen (re-)cycling in agro-ecosystems

Dr. Astrid Oberson, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

Globally food demand is increasing while natural resources are shrinking. Human alterations of nutrient cycles are a...

Microbiology

Phyllosphere microbiome

Prof. Dr. Julia Vorholt, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Microbiology

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

Plant Population Biology

Plant adaptation and genetic connectivity in the face of climate change

Dr. Andrea R. Pluess, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystems

Plants are expected to react to climate change with adaptation, phenotypic plasticity, migration or extinction. Given...

Plant Cell and Molecular Biology

Plant cell and molecular biology

Prof. Dr. Jean-Marc Neuhaus, BeNeFri, University of Neuchâtel, Institute of Biology

Plant Vascular Development

Plant cell differentiation - Which role for phosphoinositides?

Prof. Dr. Antia Rodríguez, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

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

Plant Cell Biology

Plant cell wall dynamics in plant growth and stress response

Prof. Dr. Clara Sánchez Rodríguez, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

The plant cell wall is a complex network of carbohydrate-based polymers that controls overall plant morphogenesis and...

Conservation Genetics and Applied Molecular Ecology

Plant conservation genetics and applied molecular ecology

Dr. Chris J. Kettle, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystems

Humans continue to modify landscapes at an alarming rate. Major consequences of this are the fragmentation of habitats...

Molecular Studies of Plant-Insect Interactions

Plant defenses against insects

Prof. Dr. Philippe Reymond, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Lausanne, Department of Plant Molecular Biology

Plants attacked by insects develop an array of inducible defenses aimed at slowing the growth or development of the...

Plant Developmental Biology

Plant developmental biology

Prof. Dr. Cris Kuhlemeier, BeNeFri, University of Bern, Institute of Plant Sciences

<b>Leaf development.</b> The vegetative shoot apical meristem consists of a small group of dividing cells, which give...

Plant Ecology

Plant ecology

Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer, BeNeFri, University of Bern, Institute of Plant Sciences

Most of our research is concerned with drivers and functional consequences of biodiversity change, with the ecology and...

Plant Biochemistry

Plant energy metabolism and redox homeostasis

Dr. Oliver Kötting, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

A key aspect of our research is plant energy metabolism, particularly in dark and non-green plastids. In chloroplasts...

Functional Genomics

Plant genetic networks – from databases to computational modeling

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Gruissem, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

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

Crop Science

Plant growth and phenotyping

Prof. Dr. Achim Walter, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

More versatile and efficient crop production systems require an in-depth understanding of dynamic plant growth...

Plant Population and Evolutionary Biology

Plant life in alpine habitats

Prof. Dr. Jürg Stöcklin, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Basel, Dept. of Environmental Sciences – Botany

Adaptation and phenotypic plasticity are both crucial for the long-term survival of plants in changing world. Our actual...

Plant Molecular Biology-Metabolic Pathways

Plant metabolic pathways and phosphate homeostasis

Prof. Dr. Yves Poirier, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Lausanne, Department of Plant Molecular Biology

There are presently three main axes of research within our laboratory.&nbsp; <h3>1. Metabolic pathways in the...

Plant Molecular Biology

Plant molecular biology

Prof. Dr. Edward Farmer, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Lausanne, Department of Plant Molecular Biology

We work on the jasmonate pathway which controls plant immunity to herbivores. Jasmonates are lipid-derived molecules...

Whole Plant Physiology

Plant nutrient dynamics and ecophysiology

Prof. em. Dr. Urs Feller, BeNeFri, University of Bern, Institute of Plant Sciences

Nutrients and pollutants are taken up from the soil into the roots and distributed via the transpiration stream in the...

Plant Pathology

Plant pathology

Prof. Dr. Cesare Gessler, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Integrative Biology

Cesare Gessler has been active in plant pathology at ETH for 35 years. During 2003-2008 he also led a research centre in...

Plant Pathology

Plant pathology

Dr. Monika Maurhofer, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Integrative Biology

Monika Maurhofer is the leader of a research group with interest in elucidating the multitrophic interactions going on...

Plant Ecology

Plant population dynamics

PD Dr. Peter Stoll, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Basel, Dept. of Environmental Sciences – Conservation Biology

Understanding plant population dynamics is important in ecology and conservation biology including basic (coexistence...

Plant Biochemistry

Plant primary metabolism - From basic research to crop productivity

Prof. Dr. Samuel C. Zeeman, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

The domestication of crops was a landmark in the development of human civilisation. Today, most of our food and many of...

Cell Wall Signaling and Remodeling

Plant signaling mechanisms

Prof. Dr. Julia Santiago Cuellar, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Lausanne, Department of Plant Molecular Biology

Different from animals, plants present a dynamic cell wall system that plays a key role in coordinating growth and...

Plant Systematic and Biodiversity

Plant systematic and biodiversity laboratory

Prof. Dr. Daniel Jeanmonod, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Geneva, Department of Botany and Plant Biology

From ecosystems to genes, the lab concentrates on the study of plants and fungi, as well as the biodiversity that they...

Plant Systematics and Taxonomy

Plant systematics and taxonomy

PD Dr. Jason Grant, BeNeFri, University of Neuchâtel, Institute of Biology

My research focuses on the taxonomy, systematics, speciation, biogeography and natural history of North and South...

Ecology of Plant Reproduction

Plant-animal interactions and ecosystem function

Prof. Dr. Jaboury Ghazoul, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystems

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

Plant reproductive Biology

Plant-insect interactions: pollination and reproductive biology

Prof. Dr. Andreas Erhardt, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Basel, Dept. of Environmental Sciences – Conservation Biology

Plant Community Ecology

Plant-plant interactions

Dr. Christian Schöb, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Dept. of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

Our research focuses on the mechanisms of plant interactions and on their consequences for biodiversity, with emphasis...

Conservation Biology

Plants and animals in a rapidly changing environment

Prof. Dr. Bruno Baur, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Basel, Dept. of Environmental Sciences – Conservation Biology

Quantifying and conserving biodiversity is now recognized as more important than ever. We are investigating origins of...

Environmental History

Plants and society

PD Dr. Marcus Hall, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Dept. of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

My research centers on the history of how humans perceive, alter or manage the natural world, and how the natural world...

Evolutionary Genomics

Polyploidization and stress response in plants

Dr. Rie Shimizu-Inatsugi, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Dept. of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

Polyploidization is a frequently observed phenomenon in plant species. It has played an important role as a driving...

Plant Pathology

Population genetics and evolutionary biology of plant pathogenic fungi

Prof. Dr. Bruce McDonald, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Integrative Biology

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

Biochemistry

Primary carbohydrate metabolism and protein complexes

Dr. Sebastian Streb, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

Plants rely on an efficient and balanced use of their photoassimilates and sucrose is crucial for energy homeostasis....

Systematic Botany

Radiation of the Cape flora

Prof. Dr. Peter Linder, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany

The species diversity in Angiosperms is not evenly distributed around the globe, nor among different phylogenetic...

Molecular Plant-Microbe interactions, Plant Nutrition

Regulation of growth, nutrition, and symbiosis in plants

PD Dr. Didier Reinhardt, BeNeFri, University of Fribourg, Department of Biology

In symbiotic interactions with arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi, the plant attracts the microbial partner with chemical...

Molecular Genetics of Plant Development

Regulatory factors controlling cell wall formation

Prof. Dr. Christoph Ringli, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

The shape of plant cells and ultimately the entire plant is defined by the cell wall surrounding each cell. Cell walls...

Vegetation-light Interactions, Biodiversity Measurement from Space

Remote sensing of the plant pigment system

Prof. Dr. Michael Schaepman, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Geography

The varying radiation regime has an impact on plant growth. We use physically based models of soil-vegetation-atmosphere...

Physiological Plant Ecology

Responses of plants and ecosystems to global environmental change

Prof. Dr. Ansgar Kahmen, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Basel, Dept. of Environmental Sciences – Botany

Plants are fundamental components of the earth system. Their ability to assimilate atmospheric CO<sub>2</sub> and to...

RNA Biology

RNA Biology

Prof. Dr. Olivier Voinnet, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Agricultural Sciences

Molecular and Chemical Plant-Herbivore Interactions

Secondary metabolites in plant-herbivore interactions

Prof. Dr. Matthias Erb, BeNeFri, University of Bern, Institute of Plant Sciences

How well plants interact with the biotic and abiotic environment determines their survival in nature and yield in...

Molecular Plant Virology

Silencing and innate immunity in plant defense against viruses

PD Dr. Mikhail M. Pooggin, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Basel, Dept. of Environmental Sciences – Botany

The frontline of plant defense against non-viral pathogens such as bacteria, fungi and oomycetes is provided by...

Spatial Ecology and Remote Sensing

Spatial ecology and remote sensing

Dr. Gabriela Schaepman-Strub, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Dept. of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

Solar radiation and its partitioning in vegetation canopies is an important factor influencing ecosystem processes such...

Spatial Ecology

Spatial modelling of plants species distribution

Prof. Dr. Antoine Guisan, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Lausanne, Department of Ecology and Evolution

Structural Biology & Cell Biology & Genetics

Structural plant biology

Prof. Dr. Michael Hothorn, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Geneva, Department of Botany and Plant Biology

Plants are nature’s other successful experiment with multicellular life. We are interested in signaling and metabolic...

Biochemistry

Structure – function analysis of cutin and the cuticle in Arabidopsis

Dr. Christiane Nawrath, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Lausanne, Department of Plant Molecular Biology

One of the important steps in the evolution of land plants is the formation of a primary barrier at the surface of...

Plant Soil Interactions

Symbiosis and soil biodiversity as a driver of plant growth and ecosystem functioning

Prof. Dr. Marcel Van der Heijden, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Dept. of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

Soils are highly diverse. A hand full of soil contains billions of bacteria and tens of thousands taxa of bacteria,...

Systematic Mycology

Systematic mycology

PD Dr. Reinhard Berndt, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Integrative Biology

Plant Molecular Biology

The cereal genomes: hidden treasures for evolutionary genomics and agronomy

Prof. Dr. Beat Keller, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

We are studying the genomes of the grass species wheat, barley and rice to analyze genome evolution in cereals. Plant...

Molecular Genetics & Natural Genetic Variation

The molecular basis of plant growth & development

Prof. Dr. Christian Hardtke, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Lausanne, Department of Plant Molecular Biology

A central feature of plant development is the post-embryonic formation of the majority of plant organs in a reiterative...

Evolutionary Biology

The molecular basis of pollinator-mediated reproductive isolation and speciation

Dr. Philipp Schlüter, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany

Divergent selection by the environment can result in the establishment of reproductive isolation and, thereafter, the...

Molecular Physiology

The role of ABC and vacuole transporters in plants

Prof. Dr. Enrico Martinoia, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Using modern molecular, biochemical and electrophysiological approaches as well as classical physiology our laboratory...

Plant Molecular Physiology and Biochemistry

The role of carbon metabolism in drought stress tolerance

Dr. Diana Santelia, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Our lab is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms of carbon partitioning (between starch and sugars) at...

Molecular Plant Physiology

Transport of organic nitrogen in plants and parasitic protozoa

Prof. Dr. Doris Rentsch, BeNeFri, University of Bern, Institute of Plant Sciences

Nitrogen is one of the most limiting nutritional factors for plant growth and productivity. Therefore diverse and...

Tree ecophysiology

Tree carbon relations

PD Dr. Günter Hoch, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Basel, Dept. of Environmental Sciences – Botany

Almost 90% of the global biomass is stored in trees. Knowing the reactions of trees and forests to the ongoing increase...

Tropical Rain Forest Ecology

Tree ecology

Prof. Dr. David Newbery, BeNeFri, University of Bern, Institute of Plant Sciences

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

Tropical Pant Biodiversity and Biogeography

Tropical plant biodiversity and biogeography

Dr. Michael Kessler, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany

Plant species and assemblages show distinct geographical distribution patterns. In my research I attempt to discern the...

Population and Community Ecology

Understanding plant population, community, and invasion dynamics

Prof. Dr. Jonathan Levine, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Integrative Biology

Research in my group examines leading questions at the interface of plant population and community ecology. Though I am...

Biodiversity and Evolution

Understanding plant speciation and diversification patterns

Dr. Yamama Naciri, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Geneva, Department of Botany and Plant Biology

I am interested in understanding speciation and diversification patterns of plants, questioning the role of adaptation...

Plant Cell Biology

Understanding spatial accommodating responses during plant development

Prof. Dr. Joop Vermeer, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

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

Spatial Ecology

Understanding the dynamic of biological landscapes

Prof. Dr. Loïc Pellissier, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute for Terrestrial Ecosystems

Global change including land use and climate changes are impacting ecosystems. Our studies seek to understand and...

Plant Ecological Genetics

Understanding the genetic basis of ecological and evolutionary processes

Prof. Dr. Alex Widmer, Zurich-Basel PSC, ETH Zurich, Institute of Integrative Biology

Our work aims at understanding the genetic basis of ecological and evolutionary processes. To achieve this goal, we...

Plant Molecular Biology

UV-B perception and signalling in plants

Prof. Dr. Roman Ulm, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Geneva, Department of Botany and Plant Biology

Sunlight is of utmost importance to plants, not only as energy source but also as an environmental signal regulating...

Plant Biochemistry and Physiology

Vitamin metabolism and its relations to environmental stress

Prof. Dr. Teresa Fitzpatrick, Arc Lémanique PS, University of Geneva, Department of Botany and Plant Biology

Our research focuses on plant metabolism, in particular the biochemistry and physiology behind vitamin biosynthesis and...

Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions

Volatile organic compounds-mediated plant-microbe communication

Dr. Aurélien Bailly, Zurich-Basel PSC, University of Zurich, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Unlike animals, plants do not possess olfactory receptors neither associated neural networks. However, plant cells do...

Plant-microbe Interactions, Phytopathology, Microbiology

Volatile-mediated impact of bacteria on plants

Prof. Dr. Laure Weisskopf, BeNeFri, University of Fribourg, Department of Biology

Understanding how organisms communicate to establish mutualistic interactions is our key research interest. We focus on...