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