Visions and Developmental Goals
During 2008, the Department formulated the developmental goals for 2009-2010. The Department's suggestions for developmental goals have been negotiated and contracted with KU-LIFE's Leadership in November 2008.
You can read the Department's developmental goals in its full length here (only for employees)
Visions for the Department
The vision for the Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology is to maintain and develop our position as a leading centre for plant biology based on top level basic and applied research as well as research-based teaching. We have a vision to perform original research that both increases knowledge and is of benefit to society. On the basis of our research, we wish to attract the best students from both Denmark and abroad and to provide them with a modern education that prepares them for work at research institutions, in diverse industries and in public organizations. Though our education must be based on research, the students must be prepared for work both within the area of research as well as other areas.
The Department for Plant Biology and Biotechnology forms a strong part of the consortium Plant Biotech Denmark, which includes all major research environments within plant biotechnology in Denmark and in the future, we want to form part of all of the six research pillars that support this consortium. These include plant productivity, plant products, plant diseases, plant nutrition, system biology and plant improvement.
The plant biology research at the Department should lay the groundwork for future research. The goals are to explain the molecular basis for plants’ growth, development and health and to visualize the biological processes. It is a vital task for the researchers to employ the gained knowledge to produce results which are significant in the agricultural development in Europe as well as in the developing countries.
The development of healthier and better food for humans and animal fodder is one of the areas where the future research at the Department must make a difference. Better food, fodder and health can be achieved by developing crops which are more resistant to biological factors such as plant diseases and to physical factors such as cold, drought and nitrate. It can also be achieved by developing plant production and decreasing environmental exposure. Furthermore, we aim to exploit our knowledge to develop additional utilizations of plants and plant products.
Major advances in biological research are closely associated with the development of new technologies. To achieve its goals, the Department will aim to strengthen a series of technology platforms, which are thought to have significant influence on the development of plant biology in the future. The Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology will also stake much on the development of a series of technologies which are characterized by the fact that they will be of significance for most of the research groups at the Department. Furthermore, the development of technology which takes place will establish a new technological know-how of significance to biological research at the rest of KU-LIFE and in Denmark as a whole.