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Welcome to the Spatial Genetics group, which is affiliated with the Department of Geography and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Zurich. Together with Earth System Science, Remote Sensing, and Remote Sensing of Water Systems, we make up the Remote Sensing Laboratories, which have a long and successful history in Zurich.
We are part of the University Research Priority Program on Global Change and Biodiversity, partners in UPSCALE, collaborators of the Biology Integration Institute ASCEND, and contributors to sMile.
Pictures by A. Steppke, M. de la Harpe, M. Schuman
In Spatial Genetics, we want to know why plants are different, where it matters for ecology and for people. We investigate patterns of plant genetic diversity in managed and wild systems, and how these matter. Plant genetic variation can affect ecosystem function by influencing many specialized chemical mediators produced by plant metabolism, or more broadly conserved plant functional traits. Both kinds of traits are important for how plants interact with and function in their environment. Genetic variation is like a toolkit which can help plants express different traits in future environments. More underResearch