Tuesday, February 21, 2017


PlantLink Mentorship Program 2017

PlantLink is planning a third round of the PlantLink Industrial Mentorship program starting in May-June 2016. We welcome PhD students and Post Docs at Lund University and SLU Alnarp. The student-mentor pairs will then meet every 2-3 months during 2017 ending in November/December and the student will get to visit the mentor’s working place. Please contact Erik Alexandersson if you as a PhD student or post doc are interested to participate in the Industrial Mentorship program as well as the course. More information and application


PhD course: Field-omics and remote sensing, 18-22 June 2017 at SLU Alnarp

The recent flurry of technological advancements by, e.g., Next-Generation sequencing (NGS) and mass spectrometry (MS), have enabled genome-scale capturing of biological processes at the molecular level. Rather than being limited to a handful of measured compounds, it is now possible to capture thousands of molecular variables. These techniques are being increasingly used also in the field conditions which is a central part of crop science

"Field-omics and remote sensing - analysis of ‘-omics’ and phenotypic data in field trials and controlled environments" (3 ECTS), 18-22 June 2017 focuses on theoretical and practical aspects when designing experiments to generate ’-omics’ data, proximal and remote sensing. It will cover topics from experimental design, sampling to interpreting the results and finding biologically relevant conclusions. Strategies both in field trials and in controlled environments will be covered.

Schedule        Course syllabus

Teachers: Dan Jacobson (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Kim Esbensen (Aalborg University), Fredrik Levander (Lund University), Kristina Gruden (NIB Slovenia) and Aakash Chawade (SLU Alnarp). Course leader: Erik Alexandersson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Registration contact Erik Alexandersson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


PlantLink News February 2017

  1. Sign up for ESS/Max joint study visit with CPSC, 8 February!
  2. PhD courses coming up 2017: ‘Insect neurobiology’ 1-19 May, ‘Field-omics and remote sensing - analysis of ‘-omics’ and phenotypic data in field trials and controlled environments’ 18-22 June, ‘Successful Partnerships between Academia and Industry in Plant Protection’ 13-17 November
  3. Nova PhD courses: ‘Biological Control: Microbial interactions for improved plant health’ 29 May-3 June, Adaptation and ‘Resilience in Plant Breeding’ 11-16 June 2017
  4. PhDs and Post docs: a new round of the PlantLink Industrial mentorship program
  5. PlantLink and Forskningsnätet Skåne are looking for 2-week summer projects for high school students
  6. New mentorship program Växa starts in March at the LTV faculty
  7. VR rewards several plant-related developmental research in the region
  8. We’re gearing up for Fascination of Plants Day 2017
  9. Open position: PhD student in Chemical Ecology “Odour signals for host identification in Medetera long-legged flies”
  10. Upcoming meetings and events


The biotron is inaugurated! Here are the presentations from 8th of November

The new Biotron at SLU Alnarp was inaugurated on the 7-8 November. On 8th of November PlantLink hosted a seminar day with many researchers and over 80 participants.

Some of the presentations are now available online (follow the links!). During this day Morten Lillemo (NMBU) presented a new "Phenomics infrastructure Norway". Roland Pieruschka (Forschungszentrum Jülich) held a workshop on the exciting development around “EMPHASIS - Integrating the European plant phenotyping community” which is now on the ESFRI roadmap. We then had a section on the influence by light by Eva Rosenqvist (University of Copenhagen; “LED for plant production and research – what happens in Denmark?”), Karl-Johan Bergstrand (SLU; “Light in Horticulture-from no control to full control”) and Johan Lindqvist (Heliospectra; “Lighting control strategies for plant research and horticulture applications”). Thereafter we got to listen to Rikke Bagger Jørgensen (DTU) research on the effect on plant quality in a changing climate (”Quality and yield of crop plants in the future climate – results from a Danish phytotron”).

After the lunch break a number of plant phenotyping facilities were presented by Roland Pieruschka (Forschungszentrum Jülich; “Quantitative information about plants in a heterogeneous environment – phenotyping from lab to field”), Kristiina Himanen (University of Helsinki; "Genomic and phenomic screens for a selected Arabidopsis mutant collection") and Dominik Grosskinsky (University of Copenhagen; “PhenoLab – An automated high-throughput indoor phenotyping facility at Copenhagen University”).

A number of studies from the field was presented after that by Anders Lindroth (LU) and Maria Ernfors (SLU) about “SITES- a research infrastructure for ecosystem science”, Kristin Piiki (SLU; ”A pilot study of potato blight detection by remote sensing from drones”) and Kibrom Abreha (SLU; “Leaf apoplast proteome analysis of potato grown in field and greenhouse conditions”) as well as forestry by Johanna Witzell (SLU; "There and back again - how to use Biotron for forest pathology research"). Finally, Håkan Wallander (LU) presented his research in "Microbial processes and carbon dynamics in a natural gradient in soil temperature in Iceland".

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