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Understanding of how plants function, grow and develop, and complete their life cycles, has been of fundamental scientific interest for centuries. Today, basic research covers many scales that integrate physiology and ecology, from molecules to cells through to whole plants and vegetation. Important applications are to be found in areas such as agriculture, conservation and climate change.

The Institute of Plant Sciences carries out research in Molecular Plant Physiology, Chemical Ecology, Plant Ecology, and Palaeoecology. It contributes to the teaching programs in BSc Biology and to several MSc courses

The IPS has strong links to the Institute of Ecology and Evolution,  the Institute of Cell Biology, the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research, and is a member of the Swiss Plant Science Web and the European Plant Science Organisation. The IPS is partner for biodiversity and ecosystems of the Wyss Academy for Nature

News and Events

2022/03/17 Consolidator Grant European Research Council

New assistant Professor for Plant Genetics & Development

Dr. Michael Raissig will start as a new assistant professor (tenure track) at the Institute for Plant Science on Feb 1st 2022.
Michael is a developmental geneticist studying how land plants develop different forms of stomata, which are "breathing pores" on the surface of leaves. His group is using primarily the model grass Brachypodium distachyon to understand how grasses develop a highly innovative stomatal morphology, and how this form contributes to the grass stomata's superior functionality and water-use efficiency. Michael is joining the IPS together with his co-group leader Dr. Heike Lindner, who will start her own line of research studying the regenerative potential of the succulent model plant Kalanchoë laxiflora.

2021/12/03 Assistant Professor
2021/10/28 PNAS