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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.
Diatoms shed light on cell cycle mechanisms
15 March 2013
Marie Huysman (VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology, UGent) and the group of Wim Vyverman (Biology Department of UGent) studied how light can regulate the onset of the cell cycle.
VIB applies for second poplar field trial
1 February 2013
VIB has asked the federal government for a license to perform a second field trial with genetically modified poplars.
Field tests confirm the potential of genetically modified potatoes for sustainable potato cultivation
8 January 2013
After a two-year scientific field trial with genetically modified potatoes, researchers have concluded that potatoes with multiple resistance to potato diseases can make our potato growing much more sustainable.
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