Thursday, June 22, 2017


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".

Young Formas researchers in the spotlight

PlantLink turns the spotlight to five, young talented researchers who all received a Formas grant for plant-related research this year’s open call. In the attachment read more about Paul Becher, Michelle Cleary, Laura Grenville-Briggs, Jacob Johansson and Ramune Kuktaite. Read more about them here!






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.

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