Plants are the world's primary source for food, raw materials for industry, and they provide the oxygen we breathe. Although the health of plants is constantly challenged in both natural and agronomic ecosystems, plants can master most challenges. Knowledge of the genetics and biochemistry of processes in plants can be translated into improvement of agricultural crops and plant protection schemes.
The green life sciences research groups operate within the national graduate school Experimental Plant Science (EPS). They have a tradition in collaborating with industrial partners, mainly plant breeding companies.
The MSc study track Biological Sciences: Green Life Sciences gives you the opportunity to combine training in the theoretical and practical aspects of chemical ecology, ecogenomics, biotechnology, plant breeding, phytopathology, cell biology, biochemistry and population biology. This enables students to develop an integrated view of the functioning of plants.
The research groups in the SILS research theme Green Life Sciences collaborate closely with the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) in the Faculty Research Priority Area "Green Life Sciences".
Research Groups of the research theme Green Life Sciences
Epigenetic Regulation in Plants
Dr Maike Stam
Molecular Plant Pathology
Chaired by Prof. Martijn Rep
Dr Frank Takken
Plant Cell Biology
Dr Teun Munnik
Plant Development and (Epi)Genetics
Chaired by Prof. Ronald Koes
Dr Francesca Quattrocchio
Chaired by Prof. Michel Haring
Prof. Rob Schuurink
Dr Petra Bleeker
Dr Silke Allmann
Plant Hormone Biology
Chaired by Prof. Harro Bouwmeester
Dr Lemeng Dong