The main research activities of the Section of Plant Biology focus on the areas of:

  1. taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity and biogeography;
  2. mapping, monitoring, evaluation and management of species, habitats, ecosystems and ecosystem services;
  3. ecology, aquatic quality assessment and natural environment management;
  4. plant physiology and ecophysiology.

The research teams of the Section of Plant Biology collaborate with each other, as well as with colleagues from the Department of Biology and other Research Institutions in Greece and abroad. There are two government-recognized Laboratories in the Plant Biology Department: the Botany Laboratory and the Plant Physiology Laboratory, as well as a Plant Ecology Laboratory since the mid 80s. The Section is also responsible for the supervision of the Botanical Museum of the University of Patras. Its members teach in 5 compulsory (4 courses offered by the Section and 1 intersectional) and 7 elective courses (5 courses offered by the Section and 2 intersectional) of the Undergraduate Program in Biology; 5 courses of the Postgraduate Program of the Department of Biology; as well as 4 courses in Postgraduate Programs offered jointly with other Departments/ Schools of the University of Patras.

Undergraduate courses

  • Ecology II/ Ecology of Communities and Ecosystems
  • Plant Biology I/ Plant Morphology and Anatomy
  • Plant Biology II/ Plant Systematics
  • Plant Physiology
  • The Science of Biology

  • Advanced Topics in Botany
  • Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
  • Biogeography
  • Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services
  • Photosynthesis
  • Plant Ecophysiology
  • Vegetation Ecology

  • General Ecology (Chemical Engineering Department)
  • Introduction to Flora and Fauna (Geology Department)

Laboratories and Research

  • Taxonomic, Phylogenetic and Functional Diversity
  • Phylogeny of genera of the Greek flora
  • Biodiversity and climate change
  • Flora and Phytogeography
  • Biodiversity monitoring, assessment, and management
  • Conservation Biology, Mapping of vegetation, habitats, and ecosystems
  • Management of ecosystems, habitats, and species
  • Mapping and Assessment of ecosystems and ecosystem services
  • Phytosociological studies of vegetation and Vegetation Ecology

• Physiology and Ecophysiology of Photosynthesis of Mediterranean species
• Mechanisms of photosynthesis in native and cultivated plants (seasonal and developmental changes, photoprotection, fruit and stem photosynthesis, photosynthesis in anthocyanic tissues)
• Impacts of environmental stresses (i.e., drought, high/low temperatures, UV-radiation) on the physiological function of plants
• Applications of chlorophyll fluorescence techniques (stress, symbiosis, responses to pathogens, toxicity)
• Responses of algal photosynthetic apparatus in decontamination applications
• Analysis of plant antioxidant compounds

  • Ecology of species, communities, and ecosystems
  • Structure, dynamics, and management of Ecosystems
  • Biodiversity Conservation
  • Protection of Nature and the Environment
  • Management of Ecosystems and Habitat types with emphasis on Protected Areas and National Parks (Management Plans). Monitoring and evaluation of conservation status of species and habitat types.
  • Landscape ecology and Biodiversity Patterns at spatial and temporal scales.
  • Ecology and Management of Freshwaters. Ecological Water Quality Assessment, Biological monitoring, Invasive plant species, Functional diversity, Bio-indicator species (WFD 2000/60/EU quality element; macrophytes)
  • Impacts of Climate change and Land use changes on aquatic ecosystems. Dynamics of aquatic and riparian vegetation

Botanical Museum

The Botanical Museum of the University of Patras was founded in 1973, based on the P.D. 360 (Government Gazette 264 / 3-10-1973), resulted from the initiative of Professor Dimitrios Phitos, who was the first Director of the Chair of Botany, at the Department of Biology. The main goal of the Museum is the investigation and scientific documentation of the natural capital of Greece with emphasis on its flora.

It functions as a basic research structure and infrastructure of the Department of Biology that a) is the basis for systematic, biogeographical, and phylogenetic research of plants and b) supports the education of students of the Department of Biology.

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Research and Training Laboratories

Head of Section


Laboratory teaching staff (EDIP)