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Green Life Sciences

Understanding how plants adapt


Research Green Life Sciences
Research in Green Life Sciences aims at establishing the impact of environmental changes to plant diversity and understanding in molecular detail how plants react to the changing environment.
Key research 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?
Research team
Green Life Sciences has 18 affiliated senior members from the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences and the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics.
The Green Life Sciences research cluster closely collaborates with both academia and the Dutch Horticulture & Starting Materials sector.


UvA biologists discover important regulator of tomato hairs
Tomato plants protect themselves against herbivorous insects with the help of tiny hairs. A team of biologists from the University of Amsterdam, supervised by dr. Rob Schuurink, in collaboration with Rijk Zwaan, has discovered that a protein called MYC1 is essential for the formation of a certain type of these hairs
Green Life Sciences Seminar


The Green Life Sciences research cluster actively pursues an initiating and participating role in society.