Wednesday, December 02, 2015


PlantLink News November 2015

PlantLink News November 2015

  1. PlantLink self-evaluation
  2. 6-month position as PlantLink bioinformatician open
  3. Lund University celebrates 350 years - the coming next two years
  4. One day PhD workshop “How we can benefit from evolutionary biology in research related to management of natural resources”, 15 January
  5. Formas and VR grants announced!
  6. Have coffee with a bioinformatician!
  7. PhD students, apply now for EPSO Young Plant Scientist Award
  8. Senior University Lecturer in Molecular Cell Biology with a focus on plant biology or microbiology, Lund University, more info here
  9. Cecilia Emanuelsson - this month’s PlantLink researcher in the spotlight!
  10. Plant-related news in the region


PlantLink self-evaluation

PlantLink has submitted a self-evaluation to Lund University and SLU Alnarp describing the first four years (2011-2015). Here is a short summary in English: 

PlantLink was established four years ago as a research network for plant biology and biotechnology between Lund University and SLU Alnarp with financial support from Region Skåne. During this period, 18 seed money projects have been supported with a total of close to 8 million (SEK) in grant money. These projects have clearly strengthened the cooperation between the universities and also with industry in the region. Several of the projects have advanced further and are continuin. Three have led to larger grant funding equivalent to approximately 69 million (SEK).


PlantLink PhD industrial mentorship programme visit to Copenhagen

27 May 2015

In 2014/15, PlantLink is running an industrial mentorship programme for PhD students in the plant and agricultural area. The programme hosts five pairs of PhD students and mentors coming from Lantmännen, Syngenta, DuPont and the Nordic Genetic Resource Centre.

On 27 May, PlantLink arranged for a study visit to the Copenhagen Plant Science Centre (CPSC) and the Taastrup field station. The visit to CPSC started with presentations by some of the Young Investigators employed last year. Mathias Pribil described his photosynthesis research on the modulation of the thylakoid membrane folding. The research of Fernando Geu-Flores is focusing on pathways of secondary metabolite biosynthesis in medicinal plants. Stephan Wenkel gave some highlights from the role of microproteins in the transcriptional regulation of leaf development. After the presentations, a tour of the technical facilities, mainly chromatography and mass spectrometry, was offered.

The greenhouse facilities at Højbakkegård in Taastrup, about 30 min west of Copenhagen, consist of 26 greenhouse units and 15 growth chambers of varying size. The PlantLink mentorship programme was offered a tour of the facilities, which included equipment for root studies in the field and the Plant Phenolab, a fully automated, high throughput phenotyping platform.

Fascinerande Växters Dag 2015

25 May 2015

Fascinerande växters dag är ett återkommande internationellt arrangemang som först lanserades 2012 av forskare inom ämnesområdet växtbiologi. I samband med detta arrangerade PlantLink en välbesökt tältutställning i Lunds Botaniska trädgård lördag 23 maj kl 11-15. Bokbord, tipsrunda, gröna tak, blodersättningsmedel, snygga postrar, "gissa fröet" och mycket mer stod på schemat.

Vi gratulerar Christer Landenhed, Lund som vann tipsrundan med nio rätt och belönas med ett presentkort på Plantagen! De rätta svaren hittar ni här. Antalet rapsfrön i tuben till skiljefrågan var 7644.


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