The Biological Interactions in Soil programme represents a concentration of internationally recognised scientists researching the plant/microbe/soil system primarily aimed at characterising and maximising sustainability and biodiversity. We operate at every biological scale from molecular to global, spanning molecular genetics to community ecology. We use state of the art techniques in analytical chemistry, genomics, biosensors, molecular diversity, bioinformatics and modelling.

IBES benefits from collaboration and interaction within a larger community of plant researchers in North Eastern Scotland with the University of Aberdeen, the James Hutton Institute and the University of Dundee coming together to form the Scottish Food Security Alliance-Crops bringing a combined expertise in crop science, soil science, environmental modelling and human nutrition to address crop research within the global food security challenge.

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