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View on the Piz Bernina range. Sabine Rumpf Uni Basel

Sabine Rumpf – New member of the Swiss Society of Plant Biology

The Swiss Society of Plant Biology welcomes its new member Prof. Sabine Rumpf. Visit her personal research portfolio Alpine and arctic plant ecology. Sabine Rumpf is professor of Ecology and chairs a research group in the Department of…
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Drought-exposure history improves recovery of grassland communities from subsequent drought

When a plant community is exposed to drought, the different species undergo evolutionary changes. An international study with UZH participation now shows that this leads to improved resilience to future drought stress over time. Mixtures…
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Biodiversität – schön und dringend gebraucht

Eine hohe biologische Vielfalt ist nicht nur schön, sie ist auch wichtig. ETH-Wissenschaftler erforschen die Grundlagen dazu, wie sich die Vielfalt von Arten und Genen entwickelt und wozu wir Menschen diese Vielfalt dringend brauchen. …
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Consuelo De Moraes receives SNSF Advanced Grant

Last year, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) announced Advanced Grants to which established researchers from Swiss universities could apply for funding for a forward-looking, original, significant or even risky project. Of the…
Ueli Grossniklaus UZH

In the beginning was the popcorn

Genetically modified crops could contribute to making agriculture more sustainable and productive, says Ueli Grossniklaus. This new green genetic engineering has so far met with skepticism – but the challenges of climate change and the…
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When it comes to food, less is often more

For Achim Walter, it’s time we take responsibility for what we eat. As consumers, we have a right to demand a food system that serves the environment, promotes health and protects those in less affluent circumstances. In the middle of the…
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SwissPLANT 2022 meeting held in summer

Group leaders and senior scientists met in person for the annual SwissPLANT conference to present latest findings and to get an overview of current research advances in plant biology in Switzerland. The meeting is an excellent opportunity…
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Sara Simonini – New member of the Swiss Society of Plant Biology

The Swiss Society of Plant Biology welcomes its new member Prof. Sara Simonini. Visit her personal research portfolio Canonical and non-canonical epigenetic regulation of embryogenesis. Sara received a SNF PRIMA grant in plant molecular…
Blick über die Schweizer Alpen, vom Pischahorn in Richtung der Gipfelgruppe der Plattenhörner. (Foto: Sabine Rumpf)

The consequences of climate change in the Alps are visible from space

Global warming has a particularly pronounced impact on the Alpine region. Like the Arctic, this European mountain range is becoming greener. Using satellite data, researchers show that vegetation above the tree line has increased in almost…
Landschaft mit Wollgras

Ein Lebensnetz für Natur und Mensch

Wir Menschen nutzen die Leistungen der biologischen Vielfalt täglich: Beim atmen, essen, wohnen, arbeiten und entspannen. Doch in der Schweiz ist ein Drittel von rund 11'000 untersuchten Arten gefährdet – und damit auch die Leistungen der…