The financial support provided by the Ente Cassa di Risparmio di Firenze (approximately 1.5 million euro) enabled the creation in Florence of the International Laboratory of Plant Neurobiology (LINV), one of the most important research centres in the world for study of the communication and behaviour of plants.
The LINV is located in the Scientific Campus of the University of Florence in Sesto Fiorentino. From its foundation in 2005 up to the present the internationalisation of the laboratory has greatly increased, and it now comprises members of the IZMB (Institute of Cellular and Molecular Biology) of the University of Bonn, from the University of Paris VII, the Botany Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Peking and the University of Kitakyushu.
In May 2012 the first foreign branch of the LINV (LINV@Kytakiushu) was set up at the Research Park of the University of Kitakyushu in Japan, financed through funds from the city of Kitakyushu and the Japanese government for a total of around 2 million euro. Italian and Japanese researchers work side by side in the LINV@Kytakiushu branch, all funded by the Japanese government as proof of the interest Japan takes in the results of the laboratory’s studies.
From the very start of its activity, in addition to brilliant Italian researchers the LINV has also attracted many talented young scientists from Germany, Spain, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Canada, Poland, Japan, Australia, the USA, Turkey and other countries.