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Unlocking Plant Mysteries: UZH Global Funding Scheme Facilitates Breakthrough Plant Research

In an ongoing project funded by the UZH Global Strategy and Partnership Funding Scheme, an international team of researchers from UZH, in partnership with Kyoto University and the University of Tokyo, has pioneered a method to show how plants respond to changes in their environments.

In times of climate change, it is crucial to know how plants can survive and thrive in a changing environment. Using big data, machine learning, and field observations, the international group of researchers developed “PlantServation”, a groundbreaking method that allows for precise and non-invasive monitoring of plants in their national habitats. Previously, measurements were made by taking samples, which required a part of the plant to be removed and thus damaged.

With “PlantServation”, scientists can now collect data that helps understand how plants adapt to seasonal and annual fluctuations in temperature, light intensity, and precipitation. Furthermore, this innovative method facilitates the replication of natural speciation, a process that has given rise to countless wild and cultivated plants, including staples like wheat and coffee.

PlantServation hardware in the experimental garden at the University of Zurich (Bild: UZH).

The project is one of many successful collaborations between researchers at UZH and its strategic partner, Kyoto University. The strategic partnership and the Global Strategy and Partnership Funding Scheme ensures that high-potential research collaborations receive the necessary support to thrive.

Applications for the Global Funding Scheme are currently open until 15 October for proposals by UZH researchers seeking collaboration with Kyoto University as well as over 30 other universities around the world. Apply for funding by following the link below.

Leslie Reinhard

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