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.  


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Blue stained arabidopsis seedlings
24 October 2019
Utrecht researchers discovered that beneficial microbes on plant roots suppress host immunity to fully colonize and benefit their host plant.
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)