An understanding of the functional biology of plants and the mechanisms that shape and modify plant diversity is of fundamental importance for all biological disciplines. This is the subject for you – if you are interested in plant physiology, ecology, systematics, evolution and biodiversity. You will learn about the functional biology of plants in relation to changing environments, the mechanisms that are involved in the evolution of new plant species and the factors that control plant diversity. You will come to understand how the plant and its organs, cells and genomes function together and the way in which mating systems and population structure influence gene flow and genetic diversity in plants. You will find out about how plants adapt to environmental change and interact with other organisms. At the same time, you have the possibility to gain practical experience of bioinformatics and molecular genetics as well as ecological and systematic methodology.
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