International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology
Stefano Mancuso is a founder of the study of plant neurobiology, which explores signaling and communication at all levels of biological organization, from genetics to molecules, cells and ecological communities. From his laboratory near Florence, Mancuso and his team explore how plants communicate, or "signal," with each other, using a complex internal analysis system to find nutrients, spread their species and even defend themselves against predators. Their research continues to transform our view of plants from simple organisms to complex ecological structures and communities that can gather, process and -- most incredibly -- share important information.
The International Laboratory for Plant Neurobiology was founded in 2005 thanks to the generous funding of Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze. LINV is part of the University of Florence and located in the scientific campus of Sesto Fiorentino, Firenze. Thanks to the immediate proximity of LINV to other institutes of biology, chemistry and physics, there is excellent potential for scientific collaboration and the establishment of networks. Under the leadership of Stefano Mancuso, young students, post graduate and post-docs study several aspects of behaviour covering electrophysiology, physiology and cell/molecular biology.
LINV attracts researchers from all over the world, and it is associated with many institutes to exchange students, ideas and projects. One of the main tasks of LINV is training young researchers in modern techniques of plant physiology, plant behaviour, molecular biology, stress physiology and many other research topics.