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Research clusters & priorities

IBED participates in several Faculty Research Clusters, University Priority Programs and Dutch Research Initiatives.

Research Cluster Global Ecology

IBED leads the Research Cluster Global Ecology of the Faculty of Science, focussing on the questions:

  • What is the role of biodiversity for the functioning of ecosystems?
  • How do natural or human-induced disturbances of a given ecosystem affect the complex network of interactions between species, soils and the cycling of water, carbon and nutrients?
  • What are the consequences of such changes for ecosystem resilience, biodiversity, ecosystem services and carbon and nutrient cycles at a global scale?

Go to the faculty's web page of Global Ecology

Research Cluster Green Life Sciences

Also together with SILS, IBED forms the Research Cluster Green Life Sciences of the Faculty of Science, focussing on the questions:

  • How do plants and pests and pathogens perceive, integrate and process stress signals?
  • How do physiological and genetic alterations translate into changes of the interaction between these organisms in green ecosystems?
  • How do plant and pest and pathogens genomes (co-)evolve as a result of environmental changes?

Go to the faculty's web page of Green Life Sciences

University Priority Program Systems Biology

In cooperation with its sister research institute SILS, IBED participates in the University Priority Program of Systems Biology, focussing on the key question how cells and organisms operate upon interaction with their external environment.

Go to the faculty's web page of Systems Biology

Origins Center - Predicting evolution

The Origins Center is a platform for scientists from seven main disciplines involved in the Dutch National Science Agenda‚Äôs key questions on the origin, evolution and future of life on earth and in the universe.ts aim is to spark and facilitate transdisciplinary research between scientists associated with Dutch universities and research institutes that addresses the following fivegamechangers. IBED is amongst others involved in the game changer: predicting evolution.

Go to the website of the Origins Center