Research

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
  • 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.

You can find the detailed information about the Plant Biology research groups and group leaders (Principal Investigators) and the research topics in the People -section and in the ViPS research -pages.

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.