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 6700


Mallard / wilde eend
22 February 2017
The daily movement behaviour of wintering mallards contributes to maintaining the connections between wetland plant populations across fragmented landscapes.
14 February 2017
Especially in stressful environments, clustering together causes mussels to cooperate
Mechanisme ontdekt dat natuurlijke afweer van planten versterkt
7 February 2017
Een overzicht van 100 jaar Fytopathologie in Utrecht en haar bijdrage aan belangrijke maatschappelijke problemen zoals voedselzekerheid.
Sjon Hartman FD talentenspecial
24 January 2017
Sjon Hartman is a PhD candidate in the Plant Ecophysiology group (Biology)




13 - 2
Mar Apr
13 March 2017 09:00 - 2 April 2017 09:00
This course will address methodological aspects involved in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of nutritional epidemiological research.
5 April 2017 12:45 - 13:45
PhD Defence of Bart Grutters
11 May 2017 09:00 - 17:00
Are you (almost) finished with your PhD and interested in job opportunities?
3 - 14
3 July 2017 09:00 - 14 July 2017 17:00
The course focuses on the relevance of EU politics and policies for the production and consumption of food in the countries of the European Union.