Botanical Garden

Welcome to the Faculty of Biological Sciences

Botanical Garden
Image: Anne Günther/FSU

The Faculty of Biological Sciences represents a broad variety of biological disciplines as well as the nutritional sciences and pharmacy. Famous scholars such as the botanist Matthias Jacob Schleiden (1804-1881) and the zoologist Ernst Haeckel (1834-1919) worked here with their sunny and dark sides.

The Faculty of Biological Sciences cooperates with other faculties of the Friedrich Schiller University and non-university research institutes of the Max Planck Society and the Leibniz Association in several coordinated research projects. These projects are part the Cluster of Excellence "Balance of the Microverse" funded by the German Research Foundation.  

Exzellence cluster Balance of the Microverse
Research Cluster Balance of the Microverse
The Research Cluster investigates the complex interactions of microorganisms with other organisms and with their environment, which are of great significance for the functioning of ecosystems, our climate and the well-being of plants, animals and humans.

Latest News

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Two University of Jena Collaborative Research Centres awarded further funding by DFG
Petri dish with an algae culture into which bacterial extracts were introduced.
Image: Jan-Peter Kasper (University of Jena)
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Research team studies molecular components of the endogenous clock in the green lineage
Cultures of the green alga C. reinhardtii: wild type (l.), mutant lacking a specific cryptochrome.
Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)
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Biodiversity experts propose transnational monitoring of Europe's biodiversity and ecosystems
A lemon butterfly.
Image: BIOCON/iDiv
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Researchers discover a new metabolic pathway in mushrooms that is a result of convergent evolution.
Anthraquinones from Cortinarius mushrooms change colour in acidic (top) and alkaline environments.
Image: Jens Meyer (University of Jena)
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Large-scale study finds only weak trend correlations between different insect groups sharing the same habitat
Insects, here a flower chafer, are monitored because they inform about the health of ecosystems.
Image: Oliver Thier
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Biologists discover in fossils earliest proof of cooperative behaviour in ants
Fossils of female ants and a pupa enclosed in Cretaceous amber.
Image: Shûhei Yamamoto