Research Directions

Much of our members' research focuses on understanding the biological and environmental issues now facing society. As scientists, we are asked to find strategies for coping with environmental and social changes and challenges. This includes the development of monitoring systems as well as novel plants systems that are able to adapt to changing conditions.

We wish to promote knowledge that contributes to sustainable solutions in agriculture and resource use. The list below provides a brief (and non-comprehensive) overview of research topics being explored by members of the PSC. 

  • Molecular genetic analysis of plant development
  • Biochemistry and regulation of plant metabolism
  • Biotechnological improvement of cultivated plants
  • Roots, soil and nutrient uptake
  • Ecophysiology of crop plants
  • Sustainable crop production
  • Physiology, population genetics and control of plant pathogens
  • Plant-insect interactions and biological pest control
  • Agroecology and conservation biology
  • Evolutionary ecology of parasite/host systems
  • Evolution of plant/pollinator interactions (Pollination Biology)
  • Classical and molecular systematics of higher plants and fungi
  • Molecular basis of agronomical traits
  • Molecular analysis of plant-pathogen interactions
  • Molecular reproduction biology of plants
  • Physiology of secondary metabolism
  • Chemical interactions in aquatic ecosystems
  • Systematics and evolution of plants
  • Molecular evolution and phylogeny reconstruction
  • Biodiversity and biogeography of plants
  • Flower morphology and evolution
  • Evolution of plant - pollinator interactions
  • Biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Population dynamics and genetics of endangered plant species
  • Ecology and evolution of clonal plants
  • Plant-microbe interactions, with a focus on symbiosis
  • Biochemistry and molecular biology of sugar metabolism
  • Effects of global change on plants
  • Conservation biology
  • Biodiversity and habitat fragmentation
  • Pollination biology