Luca Arrigo

Luca Arrigo

PhD student

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Ph.D. student at the Institute for Systematic and Evolutionary Botanic of University of Zürich


M.Sc. in Ecology and Evolution, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich

2012-2015 Biology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich


Chemistry studies, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich

Research interest

I started my studies in 2008 at ETH in the Chemistry Department, but then I found the Biology studies more interesting and therefore I switched to the Biology Department in 2012. Despite the change of study area, I still do not forget my chemistry background, and I always try to understand ecological interactions also from a chemical perspective. The topics that most fascinates me in ecology and evolution are the plant-insects interactions, how they evolve and how they influence each other.

At the Botanical Institute, I focus my research on the local adaptation of Brassica incana populations growing on different soil types. The local adaptation not only involves the soil type but also other factors, like pollinators species that changes from habitat to habitat. B incana is a perennial wild plant closely relative to B. oleracea, from which originated several crop plants like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage…Understanding how B. incana adapts to their environment could be crucial to improving many crops productions in the future.