Saturday, December 20, 2014


PlantLink researchers receive a total of 85 million SEK from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF)

19 Dec 2014

Of the eight research projects that has received financing in the framework call Biological Production Systems of the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF), three are granted to projects coordinated by PlantLink researchers.

Rodomiro Ortíz, Professor at the Dept of Plant Breeding, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, receives 32,0 million SEK for the project Future oil crops.

Leif Bülow, PlantLink Director and Professor at the Dept of Pure and Applied Biochemistry, Lund University, receives 31,4 million SEK for the project Production of a blood substitute.

Henrik Stålbrand, Professor at the Dept of Chemistry, Lund University, receives 21,6 million SEK for the project Biocatalysis for novel hemicellulose-based products.

PlantLink congratulates you and your research collaborators to these important strategic grants and wish you the best for your research!


The three largest plant research centres in Sweden stand up for science in SvD newspaper (in Swedish)

16 Dec 2014

-Det verkar som om regeringen vad gäller frågor som rör vårt forskningsområde vill ha en kurssvängning från beslut baserade på vetenskap. Detta går stick i stäv med regeringsförklaringen och utmanar vår forskning, Sveriges ställning som kunskapsnation liksom vår förmåga att nå ett hållbart naturbruk

Detta skriver företrädare för PlantLink, Umeå Plant Science Centre och Linnécentrum för Växtbiologi i dagens Svenska Dagbladet. Tre signifikanta politiska kursändringar i Sverige och EU föranleder artikeln.


PlantLink News Dec-Jan 2014/15

  1.    PlantLink seed money grants
  2.    Other grants to PlantLink researchers
  3.    Industrial mentorship programme up and running
  4.    Report from PlantLink/CPSC workshop: Technical platforms for plant research
  5.    Special issue on plant breeding at SLU in Journal of the Swedish Seed Association
  6.    Open PhD student position at Plant Protection Biology, SLU Alnarp
  7.    We need input to Fascination of Plants Day 2015

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Special issue of the Journal of the Swedish Seed Association: the Plant Breeding Platform at SLU

10 Dec 2014

On 1 July a Plant Breeding Platform was implemented at SLU, with a mission to promote an internal coordination of SLU’s resources and efforts in plant breeding for agriculture, forestry and horticulture. This platform includes research, basic education, infrastructure and outreach, and will also work to strengthen SLU’s profile in plant breeding in relation to the outside world.

The latest issue of the Journal of the Swedish Seed Association describes in detail the activities within this platform (articles are in Swedish with summaries in English). PlantLink researcher Inger Åhman, member of the journal’s editorial committee, has served as main editor of this issue.

The Plant Breeding Platform is shared between the Faculty of Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Crop Production Science, the Faculty of Forest Sciences and the Faculty of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences. A committee with two members from each faculty will lead the coordination work.

The Swedish Seed Association works actively to increase our understanding of the beneficial impacts of plant breeding on society. The Association’s mission includes, among other things, to share (...) “development of plant breeding and seed production regarding its technologies, goals and structural changes, globally and in Sweden.”


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