The mission of the Plant Sciences cluster is to contribute the sustainable production of high quality crops, flowers and high-value bio-based products. This is realised by generating fundamental knowledge of basic biological processes related to development of plants and their interaction with the environment.
Research in the Plant Sciences cluster is organized in three themes. (1) In the Plant Genome Modification theme we are generating knowledge to develop tools for the modification of the plant genome. (2) In the Plant Development and Evolution theme we aim to understand plant developmental processes controlled by the plant hormone auxin with a focus on developmental switches. (3) The Plant Ecology and Phytochemistry theme addresses the interactions between plants and their environment with an emphasis on the role of secondary metabolites.
Coordinator: Prof.dr. R. Offringa