led the Metabolic Networks Department from 2001 to 2021. His department studied a wide set of physiological processes involved in orchestrating photosynthesis, carbon metabolism, nitrogen and phosphate utilisation, storage and growth. The Department used physiogical, biochemical, molecular, genetic and Systems approaches.
The group "System regulation
" uses a systems-oriented approach to investigate how plants coordinate their metabolism and growth with the supply of carbohydrate from photosynthesis. The studies of photosynthetic metabolism provide knowledge that will help us to improve photosynthetic efficiency in crop plants. The studies of carbon and nitrogen metabolism, starch turnover, sugar signalling, development and growth give insights into the strategies that plants employ to survive and thrive in a fluctuating and changing environment.