23 Apr 2019 · Actualia (engl.)

Call to nominate or apply for three science prizes extended

The nomination / self application period for the three prestigious awards for early career plant scientists have been extended until 14th May 2019. The awardees will be invited to present their research during Botanikertagung in Rostock in September, the biggest interdisiplinary plant science conference in Germany in 2019.

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02 Apr 2019 · Actualia (engl.) · Conference Gleanings

Central German Plant Physiology Conference

More than 60 scientists from Halle, Dresden, Leipzig and Jena came together to discuss latest research results in a friendly and construtive environment. Photo: Sören Schmechta

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Zum 17. Mal brachte die diesjährige Mitteldeutsche Pflanzenphysiologie-Tagung in Leipzig rund 60 Forschende aus Halle, Dresden, Leipzig und Jena zusammen. Während der zweitägigen Veranstaltung am 8. und 9. März präsentierte vorrangig der wissenschaftliche Nachwuchs neueste Erkenntnisse zur Physiologie und Zellbiologie photosynthetisch aktiver ein- wie mehrzelliger Organismen. Außerdem stellte der Pflanzenphysiologe Christian Wilhelm, ab 1. April Professor emeritus der Universität Leipzig, seine aktiven Pläne für den „Ruhestand“ vor, womit er den Anwesenden neue Denkanstöße für die Ausrichtung der Pflanzenforschung mit auf den Weg gab. Über die Tagung berichtet Doktorandin Vivien Hotter der Universität Jena.

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14 Mar 2019 · Actualia (engl.) · Conference Gleanings

Molekularbiologie der Pflanzen 2019

More than 140 participants joined the Molecular Plant Biology Conference in Dabringhausen. Photo: Section Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology

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Mehr als 140 molekulare Pflanzenwissenschaftler*innen kamen vom 18. bis 21. Februar 2019 zur traditionellen Jahrestagung Molecular Plant Biology der Sektion Pflanzenphysiologie und Molekularbiologie in Dabringhausen im Bergischen Land zusammen. Organisator Prof. Dr. Stefan Rensing von der Uni Marburg berichtet über die Themenschwerpunkte der von der DBG geförderten Tagung und nennt die ausgezeichneten Preisträger*innen der Poster- wie Vortragspreise.

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13 Feb 2019 · Actualia (engl.)

DBG honoures best Master Theses

For the fifth time the German Society for Plant Sciences (DBG) has awarded outstanding MSc theses. The titles of the awarded theses in 2018 are:

  • Elucidation of the biological significance of post-translational modifications of Arabidopsis TRAPPII tethering complex proteins
  • Functional characterisation of two flavonol synthases and an anthocyanidin synthase from Musa acuminata
  • Impact of lysine deacetylation on Arabidopsis thaliana seed germination physiology
  • Investigating the competitive advantage of functional NPQ in Phaeodactylum tricornutum
  • Charakterisierung des Phänotyps von Arabidopsis-antisense-PGPase-Pflanzen nach Expression cyanobakterieller PGPasen
  • Targeted „genome editing“ via CRISPR/Cas9 and characterization of CDPKs in stress response

They were arwarded to six biologists from the Universities of Bielefeld, Münster, Konstanz, Rostock, München and Berlin. The summaries and images of the outstanding works are now on the website.

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22 Jan 2019 · Actualia (engl.) · DBG · Call · Promoting young researchers

Nomination call for three awards

The nominations for the three prestigious awards for aspiring early career plant scientists are open now. DBG members and others, please nominate suitable candidates for the Strasburger Prize, the Wilhelm Pfeffer Prize and the Horst Wiehe Prize.

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22 Jan 2019 · Actualia (engl.) · DBG · Internat. Botanikertagung

Botanikertagung 2019: Registration open

Registration for Botanikertagung (Rostock, Germany, 15 - 19 September 2019) is open now. Please note important dates about the international conference:

  • Travel Grant Application deadline: 15 May 2019
  • Early bird registration until 30 May 2019
  • Abstract submission for oral presentations until 30 May 2019
  • Abstract submission for posters until 15 July 2019
  • Sessions from many plant science disciplines: see invitation

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17 Jan 2019 · Actualia (engl.) · DBG · Promoting young researchers

Recipients of the Best Paper Awards

Dr. Aleksandra Sapala (left) and Dr. Jutta Baldauf receive are awarded with DBG's Best Paper Prize 2018. Photos: private and Barbara Frommann, Bonn University.

The DBG awards the two young plant scientists Dr. Aleksandra Sapala (MPI for Plant Breeding Research Cologne, Dr. Richard Smith at Prof. Miltos Tsiantis) and Dr. Jutta Baldauf (Bonn University, Prof. Frank Hochholdinger) with its Best Paper Prize. Sapala has shown why plants have puzzle cells, how this shape emerges and what advantages they provide for the plant. In the journal eLife (DOI: 10.7554/eLife.32794) she also demonstrates that in plants physics play just an important role as biochemistry or genetics. Baldauf described extensive gene expression complementation in maize hybrids driven by evolutionary younger non-syntenic genes in the journal Current Biology (DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2017.12.027). These SPE genes could be used to identify high-yield plants. Both awardees will receive their certificates next year during the Conference Botanikertagung in Rostock, Germany. The financial endowments were already presented to them.

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