All teaching is based on the latest scientific knowledge. Research in Plant Biology is advancing on many fronts. It operates from the molecular and cellular levels to the ecosystem level, and covers both wild and cultivated plants. The main focus areas are regulation of plant development and differentiation of tissues and organs; crop yield and breeding of cultivated plants; stress responses; population ecology of fungal plant diseases; and evolution, ecology, genetics, genomics and biotechnology of plants and fungi. Studying Plant Biology will involve you in fascinating research projects looking for solutions to many current problems.
Viikki Plant Science Centre (ViPS) is a virtual, internationally recognised community of plant researchers based on the Viikki campus. It includes plant researchers working in different units and faculties within the campus. Its purpose is to advance and expedite cooperation in high-standard teaching and research. As a student you will be part of the ViPS community through the courses, seminars, apprenticeships and degree work offered by the Master’s Programme in Plant Biology.
Helsinki Institute of Life Science (HiLIFE) is a new life science institute enhancing high quality research, and integrating life science strengths across the campuses. One of the seven themes in HILIFE is Growth from Plants. The researhers of the Master's Programme in Plant Biology are actively participating in HILIFE actions to enhance top research.
- CoE in Molecular Biology of Primary Produces (MBPP), 2014-2019
- Metapopulation Research Centre (MRC), 2000-2005, 2006-2011 and 2012-2017
There are several infrastructures and core facilities associated with the research in Plant Biology:
The research group leaders (Principal Investigators) of the programme and their research topics are presented in the Teachers-section.