HOW CAN PLANTS HELP US COPE WITH GLOBAL CHALLENGES?
Life on Earth depends on solar energy captured by plants - they are the base of most food webs and underpin the functioning of all major ecosystems. Plants release the oxygen we breathe. They convert solar energy into chemical energy, providing us with food, fibres, renewable energy sources, and raw materials for many industries. However, plants do not carry out these processes in isolation. They interact with other organisms and the physical and chemical environment, as well as communicate and actively adjust to their circumstances. How does this happen and how can we profit from understanding the process? When graduating from the Master’s Programme in Plant Biology at the University of Helsinki, you have the answers to these questions and more.