Plant Science

and Ecology

Research topics include the study of plant structure, growth and differentiation, reproduction, biochemistry and primary metabolism, development, diseases and evolutionary relationships, plant taxonomy, as well as the study of interactions among organisms and their environment.

Revealing metabolic processes within plants is possible by quantifying the imposed isotopic signature. Under controlled conditions in a laboratory plant chamber, environmental parameters such as temperature, air humidity, soil moisture and light intensity can be varied, and the isotopic signature quantified. Studying these processes allows to partition CO2 fluxes in and out of ecosystems and ultimately leads to a better understanding of plant life.

The Thermo Scientific™ Delta V™ Plus and 253 Plus™ Gas IRMS combined with our unique peripherals, such as GC IsoLink II, EA IsoLink and LC Isolink, are the instruments of choice for this application.