Institute of Environmental Biology

Plants, microbes and animals are essential components of our natural environment and their interactions play a key role in the sustainability of life on Earth. Our interdisciplinary research programme is focused on the biological mechanisms that determine how plants, microbes and animals interact with each other and how they are able to adapt to their constantly changing and often harmful environment. Inspired by nature, the Institute of Environmental Biology aims to contribute to the development of sustainable solutions for urgent societal problems such as future food security, ecological consequences of climate change, and protection of our natural resources.  


Phone: +31 30 253 4230


17 October 2019
Researchers scientifically confirmed the presence in Colombia of the fungus that causes Panama disease in Cavendish bananas.
19 September 2019
Crops still have the genes required to survive flooding, but they seem to have lost the ability to activate these genes, like rice does.
30 August 2019
Prof. Corné Pieterse (Biology) is part of the consortium MiCRop, which receives the Gravitation grant.
Corné Pieterse
30 August 2019
Gravitation grant for Corné Pieterse (Plant-Microbe Interactions)
21 August 2019
A recent publication by Utrecht University researchers suggests that coffee certification programmes may be an avenue for large scale climate adaptation.




7 November 2019 14:00 - 17:00
During this seminar we will learn more about how Utrecht University’s campus could be used as a living lab for sustainability food research.
11 - 15
11 November 2019 09:00 - 15 November 2019 17:00
Participate in the one-week Lorentz workshop Life Sciences with Industry 2019 in Leiden.
13 November 2019 09:00 - 17:00
The masterclass will focus on the role of the food environment for eating behaviours and health.