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Systems biology

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A fundamental goal of systems biology is to integrate research across all scales of organisation from genes to ecosystems. Systems Biology is a phrase adopted by biologists, and other scientists, working at scales of organisation between molecules and cells. Complementary to research at this scale, a group of strategic biologists and mathematicians at the University of Exeter is looking forward to the next generation of Systems Biology – what they call ‘Systems Ecology’.

Major advances have been made by our researchers in tackling rice blast fungus, the world’s biggest killer of rice crops, and Candida Albicans, a fungus which kills patients with damaged immune systems. Meanwhile, scientists from the University of Exeter and Shimane University in Japan have proved for the first time that vitamin C is essential for plant growth, and researchers from our Ecology and Conservation Biology research group and from our Mathematics Research Institute are collaborating to investigate the signal of genetic variation as we move up from genes to populations to ecosystems. The aim is to help predict the response of biological systems to environmental change.