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


24 June 2019
Two grants to researchers from the Utrecht University Academy of Ecosystem Services to explore restoration of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest.
Logo NWO van Veni, Vidi, Vici
24 May 2019
Vidi grants for Laura Filion (Physics), Martijn Kool (Mathematics), and Robin Ohm (Biology)
Europese wolf in Polen
20 May 2019
As wolves re-establish themselves in the Netherlands, researchers put forward recommendations for protecting wolves and preventing them from attacking livestock
De plant verandert op basis van de 'omgevingsfactoren'
2 May 2019
Rashmi Sasidharan is one of the researchers involved on behalf of Utrecht University with Expeditie NEXT on 2 May.
2 May 2019
Plants that stand close together, like in agriculture, tend to quickly grow to great heights, causing weak stems. A little bit of salt attenuates that response.




28 June 2019 13:00 - 19:00
The 1st Utrecht Degrowth Symposium aims to consolidate the emerging degrowth platform in the Netherlands with international experts from various disciplines.
12 July 2019 10:30 - 11:30
PhD defence of Suzanne van der Horst
11 October 2019 09:00 - 18:00
During this symposium FFU will critically assess the report and investigate its relevance for research and policy-making on food systems in the Netherlands
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.