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How well animal and plant species can adapt to their environment depends on their genetic diversity. We research ecological processes in populations of fungi, plants and animals using genetic methods, and complement these with experimental studies.


How do Alpine plants adapt to changing environmental conditions? How do roads affect the dispersal and connectivity of populations? How does inbreeding affect rare species?

Answers to these questions can be found using genetic methods and experiments, for example experiments in the greenhouse, we investigate ecological processes in plant and animal populations and identify species based on their DNA (eDNA).

In our research, we focus on species which play an important role in the ecosystem or which are rare or endangered. Our findings form the basis for the planning and implementation of conservation and species protection measures, as well as for silviculture.



eDNA laboratory

In our eDNA laboratory, we isolate genetic material from environmental samples, for example to find hidden animals or fungi.