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Explore how plants interact with their environment for knowledge and agriculture.

LIPME is a multidisciplinary research laboratory studying how plants adapt to their biotic and abiotic environments using cutting edge methods and technologies.

LIPME is a nurturing environment for students and early-career researchers. By exploring fundamental research questions we provide means for sustainable agriculture.

Our research objects range from model organisms to crops, from lab to field/natural settings and from individuals to communities.


From the outset, the LIPME has focused its research on the interactions between plants and either symbiotic or pathogenic microbes, under changing environments. These studies allow us to address key biological questions concerning the determinants which control pathogenic/symbiotic associations, the mechanisms of host infection, inter- and intra-organism signaling, developmental programs, regulation of gene expression and finally the mechanisms of metabolic adaptation.