About Us
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We are at the Institute of Biochemical Plant Pathology (BIOP) and operate sophisticated environmental simulation 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-atmosphere 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. Due to their complex nature, the phytotron experiments are mostly conducted in cooperation with interdisciplinary partners coming from national and international universities and research institutes.

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

We are located at the campus of the Helmholtz Zentrum München in the northern boundary of Munich, Ingolstädter Landstrasse 1, 85764 Neuherberg, Germany, in building 22.
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