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Strategic alliance between VIB and North Carolina State University offers growth potential to Agrotech clusters in Flanders and North Carolina
5 April 2016
VIB and North Carolina State University are proud to announce their strategic collaboration agreement. They want to combine the best of both worlds by exchanging researchers, starting collaborations and setting up new companies together.
BASF’s plan to reorient its research into plant biotechnology will lead to job losses at CropDesign
26 February 2016
The biotechnology sector in Flanders accounts for 15,000 direct jobs, 1,000 of which are in agro-biotechnology.
EU decision process hinders use of genetically modified trees
24 February 2016
This is the conclusion reached by researchers in a joint text drawn up as part of a European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) project about genetically modified trees.
Seagrass genome study to boost ecological insight in marine ecosystems
18 February 2016
This study reveals unique insights into the genomic losses and gains involved in achieving the structural and physiological adaptations required for its marine lifestyle, arguably the most severe habitat shift ever accomplished by flowering plants.
VIB researchers uncover new mechanism controlling plant root development
19 January 2016
“Discovering a new interaction partner of ACR4 is exciting because we now have more insight in the action mechanism of this important plant growth regulator.”
Complementary partners VIB and ILVO join forces
15 January 2016
On 15 January 2016, VIB and the Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries Research (ILVO) signed a strategic collaboration agreement.
Modifying the structure of wood alters plant microbiome
13 January 2016
Wout Boerjan: The results are especially important in allowing the interaction between trees and bacteria to be utilised to obtain higher and more sustainable production of, in this case, poplar wood for bioenergy.
What a 'CERN' for agricultural science could look like
6 January 2016
Providing sufficient food to 9.2 billion people by 2050 in a changing climate will be a major challenge.
VIB/UGent researchers enable safer production of biotech medicines using plant seeds
1 December 2015
The VIB and Ghent University professors Ann Depicker and Nico Callewaert have achieved a significant biotechnology breakthrough that targets the production of medicines.
Scientists learn how to predict plant size
11 September 2015
VIB and UGent scientists have developed a new method which allows them to predict the final size of a plant while it is still a seedling.
Scientific results of the potato field trials in Flanders and the Netherlands demonstrate that gene stacking is necessary for a strong and lasting resistance to Phytophthora blight.
17 August 2015
Flemish researchers from Ghent University, VIB, ILVO and Wageningen University & Research Centre have now published the results of their field research in the journal Crop Protection.
The genome sequence of the orchid Phalaenopsis equestris
20 April 2015
The lab of Yves Van de Peer (VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology) can add an extra genome paper to its long list.
Plant Organ Growth Symposium
23 September 2014
You are invited to the ‘Plant Organ Growth Symposium’ that will take place in Ghent (Belgium) from 10-12 March, 2015 . The aim of the meeting is to discuss state of the art knowledge on the mechanisms that govern plant organ growth and size control
Plants recycle too
23 June 2014
The groups of Daniël van Damme and Geert De Jaeger (VIB/UGent) together with the team of Staffan Persson (Max Planck Institute) identified a new protein complex that is crucial for endocytosis in plants.
How the virus resistant papaya rescued the local papaya industry in Hawaii
11 March 2014
Researchers from Cornell University (USA) and the University of Hawaii developed a genetically modified papaya that is resistant to papaya ringspot virus. The GM papaya has been cultivated since 1998 in Hawaï and saved the local papaya cultivation.
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