The Laboratory of Plant Physiology of Wageningen University aims to contribute to the understanding of how plants function. We are particularly interested in how plants respond to changes in their sometimes hostile environment and how they in turn effect this environment to their benefit. Important subjects we study are how plants cope with environmental stresses and how they have adapted to the co-existence with other organisms.
We study, for example, the effect of environmental factors on partitioning of metabolites between different organs (source-sink relationships) and the production of secondary metabolites involved in plant-insect interactions. Other examples are the regulation of quality control in protein processing during seed filling and the resource availability during germination and growth of the seedling. Genetics, natural variation, the analysis of plant hormones and other signaling molecules, and -omics technologies such as transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics are essential expertises used in our research. We collaborate closely with the Laboratories of Genetics in our research on natural variation; Plant Cell Biology in our research on seed physiology; Entomology in our research on plant-insect interaction; Plant Research International in our research on metabolomics, glycoproteomics, seed physiology and metabolic engineering of secondary metabolism.