Plants give us the oxygen we breathe, the food we eat, wood and fibres for our houses and clothes, medicines and renewable energy. Since plants constitute the major biomass, they form the environment for many other organisms.
At the same time as the plants are vital for humanity, they are also very exposed. When they combine water and nutrients from the soil with light and gases from the air, they are open to adverse environmental factors.
As plant researchers at the Department of Biology, we study both evolutionary processes and conservation biology as well as molecular plant biology. Among other things, we look at the mechanisms that determine the distribution of populations in time and space, biodiversity and environmental management.
We also study the plants’ systems for control of growth, development, transport and metabolism, and their responses against environmental stresses, both abiotic and biotic.
We are located both in the Biology building at Sölvegatan 35 and on the third floor in the Ecology building at Sölvegatan 37 in Lund.