The mission of the new department is to stimulate fundamental research and the synergy between basic and applied research in biology and environmental science. The focus is on plants, microorganisms, animals and the environment as a basis for sustainable production of food and other biological products. Research and teaching cover natural resources, agriculture, biotechnology and synthetic biology from the molecular level to the ecosystem scale.
The vision of the new department is to carry out distinctive and internationally recognized basic and applied research which will contribute to solve the challenges that the global society is facing in relation to the production of food and other biological products and the environment. The integration of basic and applied research covering the whole chain from molecular biology via biological production to environmental impacts will make this possible.