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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.
VIB corn field trial Wetteren Genetically modified corn also larger in the field
17 December 2012
The first harvest of genetically modified corn plants in Wetteren confirms the earlier lab results: the genetically modified corn also grows larger in the field.
VIB concludes that Séralini study is not substantiated
8 October 2012
The scientific analysis of VIB shows that the research design of Séralini et al. contained fundamental shortcomings that preclude any sensible conclusions from being drawn.
VIB exceptionally sceptical about the Séralini research
20 September 2012
VIB has reacted very sceptically to the "alarming" results of a health study into the consequences of genetically modified maize.
EMBO Gold Medal 2012 recognizes Jiří Friml
27 June 2012
EMBO announced Jiří Friml of the Department of Plant Systems Biology, VIB and Ghent University, Belgium and Central European Institute of Technology, University Brno, Czech Republic as the winner of the 2012 EMBO Gold Medal.
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