Research mainly concentrates on interactions at all levels of organization, within and between cells, among organisms of the same or different species (cooperation, parasitism, pathogenesis), or with the environment (soil, light, diverse stresses). Thus the research conducted at the institute covers a large spectrum of biology, with a focus on certain disciplines in which it has been traditionally strong or which have been promoted more recently:

  • Parasitology

  • Soil biology

  • Interactions among plants, herbivores and beneficial or pathogenic microorganisms

  • Chemical ecology

  • Animal behaviour

Most of the laboratories are involved in two of the nine centres of competence, key areas of research and innovation defined by the University of Neuchâtel: