Departement Umweltwissenschaften, Botanik

Universität Basel

Mailing address:

Departement Umweltwissenschaften, Botanik
Universität Basel
Schönbeinstrasse 6
CH-4056 Basel
Phone: +41 (0) 61 267 35 10
Fax: +41 (0) 61 267 35 04
Phone: +41 (0) 61 267 35 10
Fax: +41 (0) 61 267 35 04

Research Focus of the Institute:

The Botany Institute consist of the research groups

Plant Ecology
headed by Prof. Christian Körner

Plant Ecophysiology and Systems Ecology (Prof. Ch. Körner)
•  Effects of elevated CO2-concentration on plants and ecosystems
•  Swiss Canopy Crane project
•  Alpine plant ecology
•  High elevation treeline research
•  Wood quality and storm damage risk

Population Ecology and Reproduktive Biology (PD Dr. J. Stöcklin)
•  Long-term Vegetation Change in Calcareous Grasslands
•  Reproduction in Alpine Plants: Persistence, Dispersal and the Landscape Level
•  Ecology and function of clonal growth in plant communities
•  Global Change and the Genetic Structure of Grassland Species
•  How cultural traditions and land use affect grassland biodiversity in the Swiss Alps

Tropical Ecology (PD Dr. G. Zotz)
•  Vascular epiphytes: long-term changes in community composition
•  Tank bromeliads: form and function
•  Vascular epiphytes and canopy arthropods
•  Ecophysiology of tropical bryophytes

Forest Biodiversity (S. Hättenschwiler)
•  Atmospheric CO2 enrichment and forest biodiversity
•  Tree species diversity, litter quality and macro decomposer activity
•  Plant-derived polyphenols and nutrient cycling
•  Treeline trees in a CO2-enriched world
Systematics (H. Schneider)
•  Botanical Image Database

Plant Physiology
headed by
* Prof. Thomas Boller
* Prof. Andres Wiemken

The Research topics are
* Ecology of Arbuscular Mycorrhiza
* Ectomycorrhiza
* Elicitor perception
* Ethylene
* Fructans
* Molecular Biology of Symbiosis
* Plants and Trehalose

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