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About the Department of Plant Physiology

The Department of Plant Physiology is part of Umeå Plant Science Centre. We are about 100 persons in total at the department. We typically are around 20-25 PhD students, 30 post doctoral fellows, 15 technical administrational staff and more than 20 group leaders.

Our main activities are academic research in experimental plant biology where the major aim is to understand all aspects of plants in relation to the environment in which they live. We also teach plant physiology/molecular plant biology both at the Bachelor and Masters levels.

In 1999, the Department of Plant Physiology formed a centre of experimental plant biology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC), together with the Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

For more information about research and education, please have a look at the UPSC homepage:

Latest news

Aphids don’t spit in the glass, but preferably in plant sap
Published: 18 Jun, 2021

The gene SLI1 protects arabidopsis and makes aphids spit 20 times before absorbing sugar juice from the plant.

Rooting regulators are evolutionary conserved
Published: 31 May, 2021

With genomes of trees mapped, one can study initiation of adventitious roots from an evolutionary perspective.

Two UPSC postdocs are awarded with an Indian fellowship
Published: 12 Apr, 2021

Vikash Kumar and Jay Prakash Maurya receive the Ramalingaswami Fellowship from the Indian Government.

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Our research is peer-reviewed and published in international scientific journals.