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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.
Plants recycle too
7 February 2014
A research team from VIB and Ghent University (Belgium), and Staffan Persson from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam (Germany) has now identified a new protein complex which is crucial for endocytosis in plants.
Plant scientists unravel a molecular switch to stimulate leaf growth
24 January 2014
An intl research team led by VIB/UGent scientists identified a protein complex that controls the transition from cell division to cell specialization. These insights can be used to guide plant breeding initiatives towards higher plant productivity.
Field trial with lignin modified poplars shows potential for bio-based economy, but also that work still needs to be done
30 December 2013
The results of a field trial with genetically modified poplar trees in Zwijnaarde, Belgium, shows that the wood of lignin modified poplar trees can be converted into sugars in a more efficient way.
Phenovision, a new infrastructure to determine plant traits in a non-destructive manner
27 December 2013
The state-of-the-art platform, called PHENOVISION, has a capacity of 392 plants and is currently devoted to maize phenotyping.
Why plants usually live longer than animals
24 October 2013
Plant researchers at VIB and Ghent University discovered a new step in the complex regulation of stem cells. Today, their results are published online in this week’s issue of Science Express.
The World Food Prize 2013 recognizes the contribution of agrobiotechnology to world food security
16 October 2013
GM crops are not the miracle solution but being part of a holistic approach, GM crops can help to overcome future agricultural hurdles and could increase European farmers’ productivity.
A conversation with Marc Van Montagu
24 September 2013
The 1983 Miami Winter Symposium… It's been 30 years since the Gent lab of Jeff Schell and Marc Van Montagu, reported that they were the first to have genetically modified a plant.
New possibilities for efficient biofuel production
15 August 2013
An international collaboration of plant scientists identified a new gene in the biosynthetic pathway of lignin, a major component of plant secondary cell walls that limits the conversion of biomass to energy.
ERC awards €2.22 million to Yves Van de Peer for his innovative Advanced Grant proposal DOUBLE-UP
27 June 2013
”This exceptional grant will allow me to think out of the box (ERC projects have to be high risk-high gain) and explore less obvious ways of addressing major questions in evolutionary biology.
Looking for data in the Arabidopsis mine, no canary needed
27 June 2013
Sofie Van Landeghem from the group of Yves Van de Peer at the VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology, UGent together with the group of Dirk Inzé, director of PSB, digged into the wealth of information hidden in the biomolecular literature mine.
World Food Prize goes to a Belgian for the first time: the scientist Marc Van Montagu
19 June 2013
The Flemish plant scientist Marc Van Montagu (born 1933) is being awarded the “World Food Prize 2013”, jointly with the American scientists Mary-Dell Chilton and Robert T. Fraley.
Marnix Peferoen at the helm of new VIB startup AgroSavfe
15 March 2013
AgroSavfe hopes to provide tools for a safer, more sustainable agriculture while saving farmers and growers money. Below, a conversation with new CEO Marnix Peferoen.
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