The registration for this summer’s MSc school and Job fair are now open! We also have news on the new PlantLInk lunch webinar series, new positions, a virtual lab tour and other activities in this month’s newsletter.
- PlantLink Zoom lunch series starts 24 March
- PlantLink/VIS looking for supervisors for summer projects
- Registration MSc summer school OPEN!
- MSc/PhD/Post Doc Job Fair, 23-24 August
- NordPlant virtual lab tour, 4 March
- Resilient Northern Crops Network meeting, 14-15 April
- NOVA PhD course Secondary metabolites, 11-15 May
- New SLU Grogrund project
- Crop phenotyping#1 – evaluation of crops using drones
- Crop phenotyping#2 – cost-effective advances for winter wheat assessment
- The story behind getting highly cited – Johannes Rousk
- Native Swedish plants that become invasive abroad
- PhD-thesis defense Emina Mulaosmanovic
- Open position: Coordinator field crop testing within SLU GroGrund
- Professorship in ecology/evolution, Helsinki
- Udda Lundqvist Memorial fund
1. PlantLink Zoom lunch series starts 24 March
A number of networks and organisations have now signed up to present themselves during the upcoming Zoom lunch series. The first presentation will be held by NordGen the 24th of March at 12:30, followed by LUCSUS two weeks later the 7/4. PlantLink will then continue to host a presentation every second Wednesday at the same time. Full schedule and more information about the network lunch series and registration can be found at our homepage, https://www.plantlink.se/plantlink-network-lunch-webinars/
2. PlantLink and VIS are looking for supervisors for summer high school projects
PlantLink and VIS are looking for two 2-week summer projects for high school students. Researchers! Do you have a suitable 2-week internship this summer? For a ninth consecutive year, PlantLink and Vetenskap i Skolan (VIS) are looking for short summer internships at SLU Alnarp and Lund University for 2 school students over the age of 18 entering their last year of high-school study and who are especially interested in science and research. VIS has been promoting the contact between high school students and universities by bringing academic researchers to the class rooms during the last 15 years and will grant stipends for the selected students. PlantLink supports the hosting research group with 5000 SEK/student. The students can be guided by researchers at any level, but the project should contain some practical aspects. If you have a suitable project please contact us!
3. Registration MSc summer school 17-21 August OPEN!
This summer PlantLink together with ESCAPAdE (Erasmus curricula in Applied Plant Sciences) and ELLS (Euro League for Life Sciences) co-organizes the MSc summer Course “Host Plant Resistance Breeding as a part of Integrated Pest management”. The registration for “Host Plant Resistance Breeding as a part of Integrated Pest Management”, 3.0 ECTS, 17-21 August at SLU Alnarp, opened last week and closes 15 March. Read more about the course and how to register here.
4. MSc, PhD and Post doc Job Fair, 23-24 August
Students, PhD students and postdocs, are welcome to join the Job Fair organized by ESCAPAdE and PlantLink that is held lunch to lunch 23-24th of August, in Alnarp and online in conjunction with the MSc Summer School. More information about the JobFair will be announced at www.plantlink.se later, but please note the dates and spread the word already now.
Interested in participating or exhibiting at the fair? We are looking for companies and stakeholders who would be interested to participate in the job fair. Please contact Sofia Marmon (email@example.com) for more information.
5. NordPlant virtual lab tour
NordPlant is also going all virtual and on 4 March at 13.00 CET we have the firsthigh-throughput phenotyping facility at University of Copenhagen. Read more about it and hot to join the tour here
6. Resilient Northern Crops Network meeting, 14-15 April
PlantLink is a co-funder of the NKJ funded network Resilient Northern Crops Network (NordCrop). On 14-15 April this network will have its first online meeting. Read more and sign up here
7. NOVA PhD course Secondary metabolites, 11-15 May
This NOVA PhD course of 5 ECTS, is organized by University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. The topic is Secondary Metabolites in Plant Resistance and Pathogen Virulence. The two renowned international teachers are Prof. Wilhelm Schäfer from Germany and Prof. Carole Beaulieu from Canada.
Course dates: 11-15 May, on zoom
Enroll by sending an e-mail to the organizer Minna Pirhonen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
8. New SLU Grogrund project Genome editing
A new project has started in Grogrund, ”Genome editing development in food crops”, to be coordinated by Per Hofvander. This is not the only Grogrund project working with genome editing in food crops but will include the formation of network activities on the subject. This network will arrange meetings and workshops on different subjects related to genome editing and its use in food crops which will be open to researchers, industry and other stakeholders that are active or have an interest in this development. Two additional topics are objectives of the project, development of efficient genome editing in wheat and development of efficient genome editing in sugar beet with industrial partners Lantmännen and MariboHilleshög respectively.
9. Crop phenotyping#1 – evaluation of crops using drones
Can drone photos and image analysis through machine learning replace manual grading in field trials? Researchers at SLU will investigate this together with Hushållningssällskapet and Lantmännen Lantbruk. The project has recently been granted funding from the Agricultural Research Foundation.
10. Crop phenotyping#2 – cost-effective advances for winter wheat assessment
Drought resistance in winter wheat is becoming more important in a changing climate. However, finding drought-resistant material to refine from is time-consuming and expensive. Therefore, researchers at SLU and partners have developed a cost-effective method with automated assessment of plant properties based on cheap cameras. Read the article here
11. The story behind getting highly cited – Johannes Rousk
Professor Johannes Rousk, LU, is one of the world’s most cited and influential researchers, according to the analysis company Clarivate. If you ask him, the road to success has been lined with luck, opportunities and fantastic people. Read the interview by Jan Olsson here
12. Native Swedish plants that become invasive abroad
Invasive Alien Plants that threaten the Swedish flora are known to many, but plants that are naturally occurring in Sweden can become a scourge elsewhere. Read more about this Pufendorf theme with members from SLU Alnarp and LU in the article from Lund University Magazine here
13. PhD-thesis defense Emina Mulaosmanovic
Emina Mulaosmanovic at SLU Alnarp will defend her thesis “Interactions between leaf lesions and the phyllosphere microbiota in leafy vegetables” on March 26 at 14:00 CET.
14. Coordinator for field crop testing within SLU GroGrund
The Trädgårdsodlingens Elitplantstationen (EPS) foundation has been commissioned by SLU via SLU Grogrund to develop and establish variety testing of garden crops. They are now looking for a coordinator. Find more information here
15. Professor in ecology/evolution, Helsinki
The Faculty of Biosciences and Environmental Sciences announces a position as Professor. The area of employment is ecology and / or evolutionary biology and the language of instruction is Swedish.
Apply by 31 March here
16. Udda Lundqvist Memorial fund
The sad news has reached us that Udda Lundqvist passed away at the end of 2020. Udda was an active researcher for 70 years and a memorial fund is being established. In 2018 PlantLink named its second and at that time most power computer server on campus “Udda” to celebrate her and her 90th birthday. Read more and learn how you can contribute here