Plant Ecology – University of Copenhagen

Contact research group leader

Jacob Weiner
Ph: +45 35 33 28 22

The Research Group in Plant Ecology pursues research within basic and applied plant ecology. We emphasise the application of ecological knowledge to plant production systems.

Recent research focussed on weed suppression by cereals, principles for the development of optimal crop mixtures, optimization of biomass production in experimental plant communities, belowground interactions among crop plants, the development of "subsidiary crops", the application of evolutionary theory to agriculture, and the development of low maintenance herbaceous vegetation types for urban and suburban green spaces.

Research themes

  • Plant-plant interactions

  • Plant competition

  • Plant growth and resource allocation

  • Individual variation within plant populations

  • Root interactions

  • Kin recognition

  • Functional trait diversity

  • Trait plasticity

  • Sustainable agricultural practices

  • Crop-weed competition

  • Application of ecological and evolutionary knowledge to plant production systems

  • Variety mixtures

  • Intercrops

  • dDsigned plant communities

  • Urban greening

Current research projects

Group members

For students

Are you interested in doing a project, you can read more about your options in the project database

  • Project database for students

  • Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences have various bachelor and master programs.

  • Read more about the options here