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?
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
- 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
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