Research Unit Environmental Simulations

Research Unit Environmental Simulation

We are at the Institute of Biochemical Plant Pathology (BIOP) and operate sophisticated environmental simulation and plant phenotyping platforms, allowing to perform experiments under realistic and reproducible environmental conditions. In exposure chambers, solar simulators and a UV-transparent research greenhouse, long-term multifactorial experiments are performed simulating environmental scenarios (gas composition, climate, air pollutants etc.) relevant for understanding plant adaptation, plant-microbe and plant-soil interactions under future climate conditions. Globally unique, the sun simulators and exposure chambers allow simulation of irradiation conditions very close to nature, in particular of ultraviolet (UV) irradiation typically for the mid latitudes.The phytotron and phenotyping experiments are mostly conducted in cooperation with interdisciplinary partners coming from national and international universities and research institutes.

The research of EUS focuses on the impact of environmental factors on biosphere-atmosphere exchange of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Particularly we are interested in understanding the biosynthesis and molecular regulation of the emission of volatile terpenes (i.e. isoprene and monoterpenes) from plants and fungi/microbes and explore their biological and ecosystemic functions.


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