The Swiss Plant Science Web consists of approximately 130 members. They are professors and/or research group leaders at a Swiss university. With their teams they carry out excellent plant science research.

The list below is in alphabetical order by group leader last name. Or see a list in alphabetical order arranged by portfolio name.

Professors and Group Leaders (sorted by name)

Portfolio Name
Research Topic
Dr. Simon Aeschbacher Plant adaptation and speciation in the face of gene flow Population Genomics
Prof. Dr. Jake Alexander Experimental plant ecology Plant Ecology
Dr. Aurélien Bailly Volatile organic compounds-mediated plant-microbe communication Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions
Prof. Dr. Marie Barberon Nutrition and development of plants Developmental Physiology
PD Dr. Célia Baroux Chromatin and transcriptome dynamics during sexual plant reproduction Molecular Genetics of Plant Development
Prof. Dr. Jordi Bascompte Networks of species interactions and biodiversity Community Ecology
Prof. Dr. Bruno Baur Plants and animals in a rapidly changing environment Conservation Biology
PD Dr. Reinhard Berndt Systematic mycology Systematic Mycology
Dr. Navreet K. Bhullar Cereal biotechnology research for crop improvement Plant Biotechnology
Prof. Dr. Sylvain Bischof Epigenetic control of gene expression and genome stability Epigenetics and Chromatin Biology
Prof. Dr. em. Thomas Boller Molecular aspects of symbiosis and pathogenesis in plants Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions
Dr. Patrick Brunner Evolutionary biology of plant pathogens Plant Pathology
Prof. Dr. Nina Buchmann Biogeochemistry and biodiversity of agro- and forest ecosystems Ecosystem Functioning and Global Change
Prof. Dr. Elena Conti An integrative phylogenetic approach to elucidate the evolution of plant diversity Plant Evolution and Systematics
Prof. Dr. Daniel Croll Evolutionary genomics of plant-pathogen interactions Evolutionary Genetics
Prof. Dr. Alexander Damm Remote sensing of plant-water relations Remote Sensing
Prof. Dr. Consuelo De Moraes Biocommunication & ecology Biocommunication & Ecology
Dr. Jurriaan de Vos Plant reproductive diversity across lineages and environments Plant Evolution and Systematics
Prof. Dr. Leo Eberl Interactions of bacteria with plants Microbiology
Prof. Dr. Matthias Erb Secondary metabolites in plant-herbivore interactions Molecular and Chemical Plant-Herbivore Interactions
Prof Dr. Werner Eugster Greenhouse gas fluxes in forests and agroecosystems Biosphere–Atmosphere Exchange Processes
Prof. Dr. Christian Fankhauser Molecular mechanisms of light-regulated growth and development in plants Plant Photoreceptor-Mediated Signal Transduction
Prof. Dr. Edward Farmer Plant molecular biology Plant Molecular Biology
Prof. Dr. Markus Fischer Plant ecology Plant Ecology
Prof. Dr. Teresa Fitzpatrick Vitamin metabolism and its relations to environmental stress Plant Biochemistry and Physiology
Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Frossard Improve nutrient-use efficiency in agro-ecosystems Plant Nutrition
Dr. Hannes A. Gamper Experimental fungal community assembly Molecular Ecology of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi
Dr. Claude Garcia Human-forest interface in subtropical and tropical regions – Forest management and development group Biodiversity Conservation – Natural Resources Management
PD Dr. Markus Geisler Functional interactomics of auxin transport Molecular Plant Physiology - Hormone Transport
Prof. Dr. Niko Geldner Developmental cell biology of plants Developmental Cell Biology of Plants
Prof. Dr. Jaboury Ghazoul Plant-animal interactions and ecosystem function Ecology of Plant Reproduction
Prof. Dr. Michel Goldschmidt-Clermont Chloroplast biogenesis and light acclimation Genetics of Photosynthesis
Prof. Dr. Pierre Goloubinoff Perception of stress and the mechanisms of molecular chaperones Heat-Shock Biology and the Mechanisms of Chaperone Actions
Prof. Dr. Jason Grant Plant systematics and taxonomy Plant Systematics and Taxonomy
Dr. Stefan Grob 3D-omicsEpigenetics
Prof. Dr. Ueli Grossniklaus Genetic and epigenetic control of plant reproduction Plant Developmental Genetics
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Gruissem Plant genetic networks – from databases to computational modeling Functional Genomics
Dr. Felix Gugerli Landscape Genomics of Forest Trees and Alpine Plants Ecological Genetics
Prof. Dr. Antoine Guisan Spatial modelling of plants species distribution Spatial Ecology
PD Dr. Marcus Hall Plants and society Environmental History
Prof. Dr. Christian Hardtke The molecular basis of plant growth & development Molecular Genetics & Natural Genetic Variation
Dr. Ora Hazak Signaling peptides in plant adaptation to abiotic stresses Molecular Genetics and Plant Cell Biology
PD Dr. Günter Hoch Tree carbon relations Tree Ecophysiology
Prof. Dr. Stefan Hörtensteiner Chlorophyll breakdown Chloroplast Metabolism
Dr. Matthew Horton Identifying the genes important in plant ecology and evolution Plant Ecology, Evolution, and Genetics
Prof. Dr. Michael Hothorn Structural plant biology Structural Biology & Cell Biology & Genetics
Dr. Colin Hughes Dynamics of neotropical plant diversification Plant Systematics and Evolution
Prof. em. Dr. Stefanie Jacomet Archaeobotany Archaeobotany
Prof. Dr. Pauline Jullien Methylome dynamics during Arabidopsis reproduction Development and Epigenetic
Prof. Dr. Ansgar Kahmen Responses of plants and ecosystems to global environmental change Physiological Plant Ecology
Dr. Joohyun Kang Molecular & physiology rules of ABC transporters in plants Molecular Plant Physiology
Prof. Dr. Beat Keller The cereal genomes: hidden treasures for evolutionary genomics and agronomy Plant Molecular Biology
Dr. Michael Kessler Tropical plant biodiversity and biogeography Tropical Plant Biodiversity and Biogeography
Prof. Dr. Felix Kessler Discovering how chloroplasts are made Chloroplasts and Photosynthesis
Dr. Chris J. Kettle Plant conservation genetics and applied molecular ecology Conservation Genetics and Applied Molecular Ecology
Prof. em. Dr. Christian Körner Ecosystem function and biodiversity under global change Plant Ecology
Prof. Dr. Christoph Küffer Global change ecology Global Change Ecology
Prof. Dr. Cris Kuhlemeier Plant developmental biology Plant Developmental Biology
Prof. Dr. Adrian Leuchtmann Grass endophytes Plant Ecological Genetics
Prof. Dr. Jonathan Levine Understanding plant population, community, and invasion dynamics Population and Community Ecology
Prof. Dr. Peter Linder Radiation of the Cape flora Systematic Botany
Dr. Paolo Longoni Dynamics of the light harvesting complex Photosynthetic acclimation
Prof. Dr. Luis Lopez-Molina Molecular genetic control of seed germination in Arabidopsis thaliana Plant Developmental Genetics, Hormone Signaling
Prof. Dr. Felix Mauch Molecular plant-microbe interactions Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions
Prof. Dr. Brigitte Mauch-Mani Induced resistance and priming against biotic and abiotic stress Plant Pathology
Prof. Dr. Monika Maurhofer Plant pathology Plant Pathology
Prof. Dr. Bruce McDonald Population genetics and evolutionary biology of plant pathogenic fungi Plant Pathology
Dr. Timothy McLaren The chemical nature and cycling of nutrients in the environment Plant Nutrition
Prof. Dr. Heinz Müller-Schärer Ecology and evolution in invasive plants Plant Population Ecology
Dr. Yamama Naciri Understanding plant speciation and diversification patterns Biodiversity and Evolution
Dr. Christiane Nawrath Structure – function analysis of cutin and the cuticle in Arabidopsis Biochemistry
Prof. Dr. Jean-Marc Neuhaus Plant cell and molecular biology Plant Cell and Molecular Biology
Prof. Dr. Pascal Niklaus Consequences of environmental change on plant communities and plant-soil interactions Global Change and Soil Ecology
PD Dr. Reto Nyffeler Adaptation and diversification of succulent plants Comparative Evolutionary Biology and Systematics
Dr. Astrid Oberson Phosphorus and nitrogen (re-)cycling in agro-ecosystems Plant Nutrition
Prof. Dr. John Pannell Ecology and evolution of plant sexual systems Ecology and Evolution of Plant Sexual Systems
Prof. Dr. Christian Parisod Plant ecological genomics Plant Genome Evolution and Diversification
Prof. Dr. Loïc Pellissier Understanding the dynamic of biological landscapes Spatial Ecology
Dr. Xavier Perret Genetics and diversity of rhizobia-legume symbioses Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Microbiology
Prof. Dr. Michelle Price Plant systematics and biodiversity Systematics and Evolution of Plants and Fungi
Prof. Dr. Yves Poirier Plant metabolic pathways and phosphate homeostasis Plant Molecular Biology-Metabolic Pathways
Prof. Dr. Sergio Rasmann Evolutionary ecology of above-belowground plant-animal interaction Mechanistic Community Ecology, Soil Ecology
PD Dr. Didier Reinhardt Regulation of growth, nutrition, and symbiosis in plants Molecular Plant-Microbe interactions, Plant Nutrition
Prof. Dr. Doris Rentsch Transport of organic nitrogen in plants and parasitic protozoa Molecular Plant Physiology
Prof. Dr. Philippe Reymond Plant defenses against insects Molecular Studies of Plant-Insect Interactions
Prof. Dr. Christoph Ringli Regulatory factors controlling cell wall formation Molecular Genetics of Plant Development
Prof. Dr. Antia Rodríguez Villalon Plant cell differentiation – Which role for phosphoinositides? Plant Vascular Development
Prof. Dr. Anne Roulin Genetic basis of local adaptation Molecular Ecology
Prof. Dr. Clara Sánchez Rodríguez Plant cell wall dynamics in plant growth and stress response Plant Cell Biology
Prof. Dr. Ian R. Sanders Genetics and evolution of the mycorrhizal symbiosis Molecular Genetics and Evolution
Dr. Diana Santelia The role of carbon metabolism in drought stress tolerance Plant Molecular Physiology and Biochemistry
Prof. Dr. Julia Santiago Cuellar Plant signaling mechanisms Cell Wall Signaling and Remodeling
Prof. Dr. Michael Schaepman Remote sensing of the plant pigment system Vegetation-light Interactions, Biodiversity Measurement from Space
Prof. Dr. Gabriela Schaepman-Strub Spatial ecology and remote sensing Spatial Ecology and Remote Sensing
Prof. Dr. Florian P. Schiestl Chemical and evolutionary ecology of plant - insect interactions Systematic Botany
Dr. Klaus Schlaeppi Root microbiome Plant-Microbe Interactions
Prof. Dr. em. Bernhard Schmid Organization of plant populations and communities Experimental Plant Ecology
Prof. Dr. Christian Schöb Plant-plant interactions Plant Community Ecology
Prof. Dr. Kentaro Shimizu How genomic changes promote adaptation and speciation in Arabidopsis relatives and in tropical trees Evolutionary Functional Genomics / Systems Biology
Dr. Rie Shimizu-Inatsugi Polyploidization and stress response in plants Evolutionary Genomics
Prof. Dr. Johan Six Elucidating and promoting sustainable agriculture across the world Sustainable Agroecosystems
Prof. Dr. Sebastian Soyk Genetic control of plant architecture Plant Developmental Genetics
Dr. Thomas Städler Evolutionary genetics and reproductive isolation in wild tomatoes Plant Evolutionary Genetics
Prof. Dr. Jürg Stöcklin Plant life in alpine habitats Plant Population and Evolutionary Biology
PD Dr. Peter Stoll Plant population dynamics Plant Ecology
Prof. Dr. Bruno Studer Forage crop genetics Forage Crop Genetics
Dr. Peter Szövényi Evolutionary genomics and ecology of macro- and microevolutionary transitions Evolutionary Genomics
PD Dr. Zerihun Tadele Crop breeding and genomics Plant Genetics and Development
Dr. Federica Tamburini Oxygen isotope in phosphate, a new approach to study the soil/plant system Plant Nutrition
Prof. Dr. Willy Tinner Ecosystem and vegetation responses to climatic change, disturbance and land use Paleoecology and Vegetation Dynamics
Dr. Elisabeth Truernit Phloem development and function Plant Development
Prof. Dr. Ted Turlings Chemical signals involved in plant-insect interactions Chemical Ecology
Prof. Dr. Roman Ulm UV-B perception and signalling in plants Plant Molecular Biology
Prof. Dr. Marcel Van der Heijden Symbiosis and soil biodiversity as a driver of plant growth and ecosystem functioning Plant Soil Interactions
Prof. Dr. Joop Vermeer Understanding spatial accommodating responses during plant development Plant Cell Biology
Prof. Dr. Olivier Voinnet RNA Biology RNA Biology
Prof. Dr. Julia Vorholt Phyllosphere microbiome Microbiology
Prof. Dr. Achim Walter Plant growth and phenotyping Crop Science
Dr. Caroline Weckerle Ethnobotany Ethnobotany
Prof. Dr. Laure Weisskopf Volatile-mediated impact of bacteria on plants Plant-microbe Interactions, Phytopathology, Microbiology
PD Dr. Thomas Wicker Genomics and bioinformatics in plants and fungi Genomics
Prof. Dr. Alex Widmer Understanding the genetic basis of ecological and evolutionary processes Plant Ecological Genetics
Prof. Dr. Yvonne Willi Limits to the adaptive evolution process Evolutionary Biology
Dr. Samuel Wüst Ecological and developmental genetics Ecological and Developmental Genetics
Prof. Dr. Cyril Zipfel Receptor kinase-mediated plant sensing Plant Signaling
Prof. Dr. Samuel C. Zeeman Plant primary metabolism - From basic research to crop productivity Plant Biochemistry
Dr. Tobias Züst Costs and benefits of phytochemical diversity in coevolved systems Chemical Ecology of Plant-herbivore Interactions