Saturday, November 29, 2014


Open call for Graduate Research School in Genomic Ecology at Lund University

The Graduate Research School in Genomic Ecology (GENECO) at Lund University now opens for new applicants.
GENECO offers PhD students increased national and international networks, career planning both inside and outside academia and advanced training in the latest molecular genetic techniques. We run Mentor Programs, several different week-long Courses, and literature discussion seminars on topics selected by our PhD students and we co-organize an International Workshop in Genomics.
At this moment, we are opening for applications from PhD students enrolled at universities in Sweden and other Nordic countries of the 2014 cohort.
Application deadline: November 28th.

Workshop: Technical Platforms for Plant Research

PlantLink and Copenhagen Plant Science Centre have a lot in common! One of the things that unites these two plant research centra is the need for advanced high-tech infrastructure to carry out world-class research. At this workshop, several technical platforms of common interest will be presented.

Date: Monday 1 Dec 2014

Time: 12:00 - 17:00

N.B. Change of venue

Venue: Enoch Thulin Knut Wicksell conference room, Scheelevägen 17, Ideon Science Park, Lund

Sign up before 27 Nov.

Schedule and registration

PlantLink News November 2014

PlantLink News November 2014


  1.    Register before 27 Nov: Technical platforms for plant science
  2.    Upcoming symposium: BILS annual symposium 12 Nov
  3.    Research grants from VR and Formas
  4.    Mentorship programme
  5.    New strategic research agenda for plant biotechnology
  6.    PlantLink researchers featured in international media
  7.    Open letter to Europe on GM crops
  8.    PlantLink´s Research Coordinator on parental leave from 1 Dec
  9.    Plant research centre meeting in Umeå cancelled
  10.    We need input to Fascination of Plants Day 2015


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PlantLink researchers featured on BBC News

The research, recently featured on BBC News and led by Professor Leif Bülow at the Department of Pure and Applied Biochemistry, Lund Institute of Technology, suggests that haemoglobins found in sugar beet could be used to manufacture a blood substitute and help tackle the shortage of blood.

Haemoglobin is the protein that carries oxygen in blood and the team say plant and human versions are very similar. They are looking at whether they can repackage the plant protein in a way that can be accepted by human tissue.

The work built upon an earlier study published in the journal Plant & Cell Physiology that found haemoglobin from sugar beet has an important role in plant development. Sugar beet is grown commercially for sugar production and the high yield of this crop would allow production of large quantities of a blood substitute.

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