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About GLS

About Green Life Sciences

The Green Life Sciences research cluster combines the expertise of two major UvA research institutes to acquire in-depth understanding of the origins and regulation of plant diversity. By combining forces with partners from academia and industry, this knowledge will lead to sustainable strategies for crop and biodiversity management.

Plants are fundamental to life on our planet. Global changes in temperature, rainfall, soil fertility and air quality have profound influences on both agriculture and the provision of natural resources.

The Green Life Sciences research aims to understand the impact of these changes, and to establish in molecular detail how plants - and their major pests and pathogens - react to environmental changes. These insights will pave the way for sustainable solutions to conserve earth’s biodiversity and for innovations enabling sustainable food production.

Joint expertise 

The cluster is established by two major research institutes of the UvA Science faculty:

  • the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS)
  • the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)  

Their joint expertise in Green Life Sciences is combined with the know-how of partners both from academia and the plant breeding industry. In an integrated and multidisciplinary approach issues will be tackled such as

  • pest and pathogen resistance;
  • plant adaptation;
  • natural selection;
  • ecological genomics;
  • stress physiology; and
  • plant development.

The research relies heavily on modern technologies such as whole genome sequencing and high throughput analysis of gene expression, protein and metabolite profiling and other means of phenotyping. 

Adding to all this the cluster provides the education of the next generation of scientists, capable of studying life from the scale of communities down to the scale of molecules, using the most modern technologies available.