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28 Jan 2020 ·  Actualia (engl.) · People and Careers · Promoting young researchers

DBG honours best plant science master theses

Prof. Dr. Christian Wirth (supervisor of the master thesis), awardee Hellen Bellasus, Ronny Richter (co-supervisor of the master thesis), Prof. Dr. Alexandra Weigelt (jury member), Prof. Dr. Severin Sasso (DBG's contact partner at Leipzig University) (f.l.t.r.). Photo: Anja Kahl

Temperature regulation in tree canopies, heavy metals and herbivory, speciation, development of fluorescent sensors for hypoxia investigations, a phytopararetrovirus of sugar beet, (bio-)synthesis and chemistry of suberin and leucine, as well as the development of orchards in the city were topics of the ten awarded master theses, which were given DBG's awards for best plant science master theses in 2019. The work was carried out at the universities of Bayreuth, Bielefeld, Bonn, Dresden, Cologne, Leipzig, Münster, Oldenburg, Rostock, Salzburg, and the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie. DBG thanks all involved jury members at the universities.

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27 Jan 2020 ·  Actualia (engl.) · Promoting young researchers

Call for nominees "Best Paper Prize"

The board of DBG's Wilhelm-Pfeffer-Foundation invites nominations and applications for the Prize for the Best Plant Science Publication ("Best Paper Prize"), which will be awarded for an outstanding paper that resulted from a Master, Diploma or PhD thesis.

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Prize for the Best Plant Science Publication

The Wilhelm Pfeffer Foundation awards every other year the best publication with a sum of 1000 Euros. The prize will only be awarded for publications deriving from Diploma, Master or PhD thesis.

Awardees and their paper will be introduced during the upcoming Botanikertagung 2021 and the awarded paper will be listed on DBG's website.

Only members of the German Society for Plant Sciences (DBG) are eligible to submit nominations; self-nomonations are also accepted for this prize.

The Prize, casually speaking Best Paper Prize, can be devided. There is no right to receive the prize.

Application

The following documents should be sent for application:

  • Paper (pdf file)
  • Peer review comments of the journal
  • Letter of reference from the academic advisor of the paper. This should also mention in which context (master, diploma or PhD thesis) this work was carried out.

    Deadlines

    Proposals can be submitted each year (31 March); dates are communicated via the website. Please send your application to the president of the Wilhelm Pfeffer Foundation.

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    Helen Ballasus (Leipzig University)

    Graphical Abstract. Graph: Helen Ballasus

    Helen Ballasus's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Leipzig University in the year 2019.

    Title: Species effects on temperature regulation mechanisms in the tree canopies at the Leipzig canopy crane

    This study demonstrated that processes controlling and affecting canopy microclimate are related to the species with its specific structural and physiological functional traits and meteorological predictors depending on vertical canopy architecture.

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    Erik Pischke (Rostock University)

    Erik Pischke's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Rostock University in the year 2019.

    Title:

    The role of the leucine biosynthesis for Pb tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana

    He found out that the heavy metal lead can differentially affect the growth of ecotypes and mutants of A. thaliana and that an enzyme involved in leucine biosynthesis is essential for Pb tolerance.

    Natural variance of lead tolerance was tested for different ecotypes of A. thaliana to identify molecular mechanism involved in Pb tolerance. Liquid seedling assays were performed, and root lengths were measured upon exposure to Pb. Genome wide association analysis had pointed at enzymes of leucine biosynthesis. Therefore, respective mutants were studied. They showed strong Pb hypersensitivity in comparison to the reference wildtype. A partial rescue of the lead-affected phenotype was observed when leucine was supplied to the medium. Upcoming experiments will aim at understanding the genetic and metabolic reasons for the impacts that Pb has on the leucine biosynthesis in A. thaliana.

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    Erik Pischke conducted this work as external Master thesis at the University of Rostock at the Department of Plant Genetics of Prof. Dr. Renate Horn cooperation with the University of Bayreuth at the Department of Plant Physiology of Prof. Dr. Stephan Clemens.

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    Nicola Schmidt (Technical University Dresden)

    Beets were ste objects Nicola Schmidt studied in the greenhouse of the biological institute at Technical University Dresden.

    Nicola Schmidt s Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Technical University Dresden in the year 2019.

    Title:

    Characterisation of the endogenous phytopararetrovirus beetEPRV3 in the sugar beet genome (Beta vulgaris), a new member of the florendoviruses within the Caulimoviridae family

    For the first time, the three endopararetrovirus families within the sugar beet genome were described and analysed focusing on the family beetEPRV3. The element structure turned out to be characteristic for the respective beetEPRV family, pointing to specific evolutionary scenarios. Further, the viral sequences were found to be located within highly AT-rich heterochromatin, which provides an explanation for lacking virulence of beetEPRVs.

    Endopararetroviruses (EPRVs) are a widespread component of animal and plant genomes as a result of the integration of the viral DNA. A reactivation can cause devastating diseases, as it is known for tobacco or petunia. Using comprehensive bioinformatic methods, in this work the EPRVs within the sugar beet genome were identified and assigned to the florendoviruses, which is an abundant genus within the Caulimoviridae. The element structure was reconstructed for all three beetEPRV families. Two families (beetEPRV1 and beetEPRV3) show intact copies, whereas the third family (beetEPRV2) is arranged in a more fragmented manner. The family beetEPRV3 was furthermore analysed using molecular biological and cytogenetic methods like Southern hybridisation and fluorescent in situ hybridisation. It turned out that EPRVs belonging to this family accumulate in tight, repetitive and therefore mostly inaccessible DNA regions, allowing them to escape the host’s elimination mechanisms. These findings may help to understand how EPRVs keep their virulence in some hosts over long periods.

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    Nicola Schmidt conducted this work at the chair of Plant Cell and Molecular Biology in the group of Prof. Dr. Thomas Schmidt.

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    Paul David Grünhofer (Bonn University)

    Paul David Grünhofer's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn in the year 2019.

    Title:

    Formation and chemical composition of suberin in poplar roots

    Grünhofer analysed spatiotemporal suberin deposition in poplar roots and its chemical composition. Most parts of the results comprise control as well as osmotic stress conditions.

    Plants employ suberization of root tissue as mechanism of protection against various biotic and abiotic environmental stresses. The tissue-specific formation of suberin under control and stress conditions has been investigated by use of in-vitro tissue culture, hydroponics, fluorescence microscopy and gas chromatography. The main focus of this thesis was to establish a scientifically standardized and reproducible method to grow and treat poplar roots with a variety of different stresses, in order to lay a solid foundation for future research. In addition to that it could already be shown by use of fluorescence microscopy that a treatment of the roots with a mild osmotic stress ( 0.4 MPa) resulted in a shift of the onset of suberization towards the root tip, if compared to control conditions. An analytical preparation and examination of the harvested roots by gas chromatography showed a remarkable overlap of the suberin composition to that of the commonly used model organism Arabidopsis thaliana. A quantitative evaluation to answer the question if the mild osmotic stress in fact does induce an increased suberization of the root tissue could not be answered within this work due to limited time. However, answering this question as well as the examination of more severe osmotic stresses (-0.6 MPa and -0.8 MPa) and the treatment of roots with salt stress will follow in the seamlessly started dissertation. These topics are especially interesting due to rising temperatures in the future, which will make water (represented by osmotic stress) and thereby caused salt stress an even more prominent problem in our soils

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    Paul David Grünhofer conducted this thesis at the Institute for Cellular and Molecular Botany (IZMB) in the group of Prof. Dr. Lukas Schreiber.

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    Philipp Zamzow (Bielefeld University)

    Orchard in a good maintenance status. The trees show regular pruning of the branches and are surrounded by protective fences. The undergrowth is not mowed too often and the proximity to a forest is given. Picture from 23.05.2018, Photo: Philipp Zamzow

    Philipp Zamzow's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Bielefeld University in the year 2019.

    Title of the thesis: Development and evaluation of selected orchards in the city of Bergkamen between 1990 and 2018

    Two aspects were examined in this thesis: On the one hand, the development and the current state of Bergkamen's orchard meadows was recorded and examined, which in the history of the town had only taken place once in 1990. On the other hand, this work served to review the minimum criteria set by the Landesamt für Natur, Umwelt und Verbraucherschutz (LANUV) for the protection of orchard meadows and pastures.

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    Nathalie Hering (KIT Karlsruhe)

    Nathalie Hering's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at KIT Karlsruhe in the year 2019.

    Title:

    In-situ hybridization in Salvia flowers and closely related Lamiaceae for the detection of developmental genes

    She detected an unexpected occurrence of B-class identity genes in the ovary of adult Salvia flowers and closely related Lamiaceae

    The flower is an evolutionary key innovation that makes a major contribution to the conservation of the species, as a specialized flower-pollinator interaction is the key to preserve the genetic lineage for many species. Within the flower development, there exists so-called "Genes of Speciation", which are significantly involved in producing reproductive barriers. From this, the debate about the species concept could be resolved, as an analysis of these genes could allow a systematically correct classification of the species. In order to understand the flower development in Salvia and closely related Lamiaceae, the temporal and spatial expression pattern of participating homeotic genes must be considered comparatively. Within this work, the expression of the B-class developmental genes GLOBOSA (GLO) and DEFICIENS (DEF) was investigated qualitatively and quantitatively as well as with the help of in-situ hybridization (ISH) in adult Salvia flowers as well as closely related Lamiaceae. ISH is a molecular biology method for the specific detection of nucleic acids in the cell of histological sections in vivo. By applying this method, the developmental genes GLO and DEF could be successfully localized via ISH in the ovary and stamen of flowers of the Lamiaceae.

    The occurrence of the B-class identity gene GLO in the stamens corresponds to the ABC model according to Coen and Meyerowitz. The unexpected localization of the two developmental genes GLO and DEF in the ovary might indicate an evolutionary young, unknown protein or point to a repression of the developmental genes by an unknown microRNA in the fourth whorl. The occurrence of the developmental genes in flowers is confirmed by a qualitative and quantitative gene expression analysis. Accurate temporal expression patterns of the developmental genes could not be detected, only that these genes occur more frequently in late developmental stages of flowering. However, the presence of DEF in the leaf implies an early involvement in the combinatorial network of flower development, in addition to its proper function as a B-class identity gene.

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    Nathalie Hering completed the work at the Botanical Institute I, Department of Biodiversitiy of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in the working group of Prof. Dr. Peter Nick.

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    Mary Beyer (Salzburg University)

    Mary Beyer's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Salzburg University in the year 2019.

    Title

    Is heavy metal hyperaccumulation in Noccaea caerulescens acting as a defence mechanism against herbivores?

    Mary Beyer found out that accumulated heavy metals can have a deterring effect on herbivores, supporting the “elemental defence hypothesis”. However, the degree of this effect depends largely on the type of heavy metal and the species of herbivore as the feeding experiments showed.

    The aim of this thesis was to provide new insights to the “elemental defence hypothesis”. According to this hypothesis, heavy metals act as a defence mechanism, by deterring or killing herbivores and pathogens, which led to a higher accumulation in certain plants (hyperaccumulators). Four types of herbivores (Arion vulgaris, Vanessa cardui, Plutella xylostella and Pieris rapae) were offered plants of the hyperaccumulator Noccaea caerulescens, treated with different concentrations of nickel and zinc, in a free choice feeding trial. The feeding damage on each plant was determined and thus it was assessed if nickel and/or zinc had any effect on the herbivores feeding behaviour.

    The results support a significant correlation of feeding preferences and foliar zinc concentrations, reducing herbivory by up to 20%. However, this was not the case for foliar nickel concentrations, though a tendency of some herbivores preferring low levels of nickel could be observed. This shows that the effect of accumulated heavy metals on herbivory depends largely on the type of metal and species of herbivore.

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    Mary Beyer conducted this work at the institute for ecology and evolution at Salzburg University in the working group of Prof. Hans-Peter Comes.

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    Jannes Höpke (Oldenburg University)

    Left: Jannes Hökpe pressing plants in the South Ukraine. Photo: Simon Pfanzelt Right: Veronica barrelieri subsp. crassifolia in its type locality (SW Romania). Photo: Jannes Höpke

    Jannes Höpke's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Carl von Ossietzky-Universität Oldenburg in the year 2019.

    Title:

    The intricate species boundary between Veronica spicata and V. orchidea (Plantaginaceae)

    For the fist time a systematical comparison regarding missing data in combination with missing allele-dosis-information for population genetical methods like PCA/PCoA and STRUCTURE was conducted. Moreover, genetical material from the type localities of V. barrelieri subsp. crassifolia und V. tzesnae was analysed for the first time in this study.

    The aim was to analyse the potentially hybridising species Veronica spicata and V. orchidea (Plantaginaceae) regarding their species boundary. Therefore, both species and morphologically similar species were analysed using Genotyping-by-Sequencing (GBS). The same question was already analysed by Bardy et al. (2011) using AFLP data but we were not able to completely confirm their results. To get a better understanding of how mixed ploidy-levels, the influence of missing data, and missing allele-dosis-information influence population genetical analyses, simulations and analyses of GBS data were conducted to reveal the reasons for the observed differences. Hereby a bug in the programme ipyrad was found out, the importance of paralogs was analysed and the difference between the coding of AFLP and diploidised SNP-Data was worked out

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    Jannes Höpke conducted this work in the Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences in the working group Biodiversity and Evolution of Plants of Prof. Dr. Dirk Albach

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    Felix Rehms (Münster University)

    Felix Rehms's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster in the year 2019.

    Title:

    Development and application of genetically encoded fluorescent sensors for hypoxia investigation in plants

    Rehms documents the visualization of Ca2+-accumulation in energy-deprived cells and the subsequent calcium signal propagation in Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings during prolonged oxygen restriction. He also started the development of genetically coded fluorescent oxygen sensors for use in-planta.

    With regards to the growing frequency of extreme precipitation and flooding events caused by global climate changes, tolerance to oxygen deprivation (hypoxia; assumedly the most severe plant stress caused by prolonged submergence) is rapidly gaining relevance as a trait in crop breeding, even though, as of yet, the underlying mechanisms are mostly unknown.

    To shed light on the role of second messengers in a plant’s perception and signal transduction of hypoxic conditions or the resulting energy crisis (caused by inhibition of aerobic respiration), genetically encoded fluorescent sensors of cytosolic Ca2+ and ATP concentration were employed for microscopic investigation of submerged Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings in a spatio-temporal resolution.

    This way, he was able to record multiple waves of Ca2+-elevations, which were assumedly triggered by the collapse of energy upkeep and subsequent breakdown of active transport mechanisms that ensured the upkeep of steep ion gradients across membranes. Starting from the first energy depleted tissues or cells this wave spreads outwards and across the full seedling. The dynamics of these waves and comparisons to ATP monitoring in hypoxic seedlings suggests active signal propagation, rather than a universal increase caused exclusively by energy deprivation and passive ion leakage.

    Additionally, this work documented the beginning development of genetically coded fluorescent oxygen indicators. Such oxygen sensors can be ubiquitously expressed in all tissues and can be applied in-vivo to monitor ongoing developments. In contrast to chemical and physical oxygen measurements, this does not cause any additional plant stress. This makes the fluorescent sensors ideal for the investigation of the oxygen dependency of signals in hypoxic plants. On top of that, the sensors’ independence of plant adaption or developmental mechanisms may lead to the identification of hypoxic niches that were not implicated by expression of hypoxia marker genes.

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    Felix Rehms conducted this work at the institute of Plant Biology and Biotechnology (IBBP) in the group of Prof. Dr. Jörg Kudla.

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    2019

    In the year 2019 DBG's representatives at the following universities evaluated master theses in plant sciences. The following persons received the award (in alphabetical order):

    Helen Ballasus (Leipzig University)
    Species effects on temperature regulation mechanisms in the tree canopies at the Leipzig canopy crane
    more in the summary with image

    Mary Beyer (Paris-Lodron-Universität Salzburg)
    Is heavy metal hyperaccumulation in Noccaea caerulescens acting as a defence mechanism against herbivores?
    more in the summary

    Paul David Grünhofer (Universität Bonn)
    Formation and chemical composition of suberin in poplar roots
    more in the summary

    Natalie Hering (Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, KIT)
    In-situ hybridization in Salvia flowers and closely related Lamiaceae for the detection of developmental genes
    more in the summary

    Jannes Höpke (Carl von Ossietzky-Universität Oldenburg)
    The intricate species boundary between Veronica spicata and V. orchidea (Plantaginaceae)
    more in the summary with image

    Melanie Kastl (Universität zu Köln)
    Functional characterization of the Ustilago maydis organ-specific effectors: UMAG05306 and UMAG11060
    more in the summary with image

    Erik Pischke (Rostock University in cooperation with Bayreuth University)
    The role of the leucine biosynthesis for Pb tolerance in Arabidopsis thaliana
    more in the summary

    Felix Rehms (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster)
    Development and application of genetically encoded fluorescent sensors for hypoxia investigation in plants
    more in the summary

    Nicola Schmidt (Technische Universität Dresden)
    Characterisation of the endogenous phytopararetrovirus beetEPRV3 in the sugar beet genome (Beta vulgaris), a new member of the florendoviruses within the Caulimoviridae family
    more in the summary with image

    Philipp Zamzow (Universität Bielefeld)
    Development and evaluation of selected orchards in the city of Bergkamen between 1990 and 2018
    more in the summary with images 

    26 Sep 2019 ·  Actualia (engl.) · DBG · Internat. Botanikertagung · Promoting young researchers

    Awards for best science posters

    Awardees of the poster prizes and of Nicon's Poster Prize 2019. Photo: Thomas Rahr

    From the more than 190 posters presented at Botanikertagung 2019 in Rostock, Germany, participants chose several as best papers. The awarded presenters received a document as well as 137 Euros each since the German Society for Plant Sciences (DBG) today was 137 years old.

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    09 Sep 2019 ·  DBG · Promoting young researchers · Media · Press release

    Awards for four Exceptional Plant Scientists

    The awarded scientists (counter clockwise starting top left): Dr. Constantin Mario Zohner, Dr. Eva-Sophie Wallner, Dr. Moisés Expósito Alonso and Dr. Jessica Lee Erickson. Photos: Jaimie Crowther, Jörg Abendroth, Tobias Jung, and Carolin Alfs

    How climate change influences growing seasons length in woody plants and survival of flowers, the substances that influence shape changes of plastids, and the proteins that spur phloem differentiation are in the research focus of the four plant scientists who will receive the science prices of the German Society for Plant Sciences (DBG) this year. Dr. Constantin Mario Zohner, Dr. Jessica Lee Erickson, Dr. Moisés Expósito Alonso and Dr. Eva-Sophie Wallner will get their awards during the Botanikertagung, the International Plant Science Conference in Rostock, Germany. From 16th to 18th September, the four will present their research results to the more than 420 conference participants.

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    09 Sep 2019 ·  DBG · Promoting young researchers · Media · Press release

    Awards for four Exceptional Plant Scientists

    The awarded scientists (counter clockwise starting top left): Dr. Constantin Mario Zohner, Dr. Eva-Sophie Wallner, Dr. Moisés Expósito Alonso and Dr. Jessica Lee Erickson. Photos: Jaimie Crowther, Jörg Abendroth, Tobias Jung, and Carolin Alfs

    How climate change influences growing seasons length in woody plants and survival of flowers, the substances that influence shape changes of plastids, and the proteins that spur phloem differentiation are in the research focus of the four plant scientists who will receive the science prices of the German Society for Plant Sciences (DBG) this year. Dr. Constantin Mario Zohner, Dr. Jessica Lee Erickson, Dr. Moisés Expósito Alonso and Dr. Eva-Sophie Wallner will get their awards during the Botanikertagung, the International Plant Science Conference in Rostock, Germany. From 16th to 18th September, the four will present their research results to the more than 420 conference participants.

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    04 Jul 2019 ·  Actualia (engl.) · DBG · Promoting young researchers

    50 Travel Grants for a Lab Visit

    Graph: delalidela, iStockphoto

    Members, especially early career plant scientists, can receive funding for visiting another lab or institute. For example to leant new methods and  scientific techniques or to initiate a new pilot study. Funding is restricted to those who will not receive funding elsewhere. DBG offers up to 50 travel grants each year for early career plant scientists of up to 400 Euros each. Our Executive Board reviews the applications and gives you feedback about its decision (normally within one week).

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    02 Jul 2019 ·  DBG · Promoting young researchers

    50 Travel Grants for a Lab Visit

    DBG offers travel grants for early career scientists, who want to visit another lab / institute for example to leanr new methods and scientific techniques or to initiate pilot studies with up to 400 Euros each. 

    > application process

    > payment of grants

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    02 Jul 2019 ·  DBG · Promoting young researchers

    50 Travel Grants for a Lab Visit

    DBG offers travel grants for early career scientists, who want to visit another lab / institute for example to leanr new methods and scientific techniques or to initiate pilot studies with up to 400 Euros each. 

    > application process

    > payment of grants

    > online application form

    17 May 2019 ·  DBG · Promoting young researchers

    Travel Grants: Botanikertagung 2019

    DBG provides up to 100 travel grants with up to 350 Euros for young scientists who actively participate in the Botanikertagung (Rostock, Germany, 15 - 19 September 2019) and who are members of the DBG.

    > Applications: Travel grants (member LogIn necessary)

    Deadline: 24 May 2019

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    5th Eduard Strasburger Workshop

    Diversity of chemical and molecular signaling networks in plant-microbe interactions

    3rd - 5th February 2020

    Aim

    The aim of the workshop is to connect diverse topics in the field of plant–microbe interaction. This will support the exchange of information, further the understanding of interactions, and enable collaboration between researchers with different approaches, such as genetics, chemistry, diversity and evolution, to explore the complexities that underpin plant microbe interaction. At the workshop we will further discuss how outreach can be improved and visibility can be increased in the public. The workshop covers the three following topics:

    • Microbial diversity in the context of plant-microbe interaction
    • Chemical and molecular biology of plant-microbe interaction
    • Evolution of plant-microbe interaction.
    • Number of participants: 26

    Location

    Bildungs- und Tagungshaus am Rhein, Arbeitnehmer-Zentrum Königswinter (AZK), Johannes-Albers-Allee 3, D-53639 Königswinter

    Coordinators

    • Sophie de Vries - Institute of Population Genetics, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf
    • Janina von Dahlen - Institute of Population Genetics, Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf
    • Lena Steins - Institute of Evolution and Biodiversity of Plants, Geobotany, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum
    • Sebastian Klenner - Institute of Evolution and Biodiversity of Plants, Geobotany, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum
    • Tom Maus - Institute of Evolution and Biodiversity of Plants, Geobotany, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum

    Patron

    Prof. Dr. Dominik Begerow - Institute of Evolution and Biodiversity of Plants, Geobotany, Ruhr-University Bochum, 44780 Bochum

    Website

    https://chemolpmi.wordpress.com

    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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    18 Jan 2019 ·  DBG · Promoting young researchers

    Travel Grants: Botanikertagung 2019

    DBG provides up to 100 travel grants with up to 350 Euros for young scientists who actively participate in the Botanikertagung (Rostock, Germany, 15 - 19 September 2019) and who are members of the DBG.

    > Applications: Travel grants (member LogIn necessary)

    Deadline: 15 May 2019

    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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    Mareike Busche (Bielefeld University)

    A) A banana plant. B) Accumulation of red pigments in the plant's leaves. Anthocyanins are very likely to contribute a major part of the red pigments.

    Mareike Busche's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Bielefeld University in the year 2018.

    Title of awarded thesis

    "Functional characterisation of two flavonol synthases and an anthocyanidin synthase from Musa acuminata"

    This work contributes to understanding of flavonol and anthocyanidin synthesis in Musa acuminata (banana) and provides a basis for further research towards increased flavonoid production through the analysis of two involved enzymes.

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    Application Process: Travel Grants

    The DBG supports young scientists and provides a maximum of 100 travel grants up to 350 Euros for participants of the Botanikertagung (15-19 September 2019 in Rostock, Germany).

    Requirements

    • You must be a member of the DBG (membership applications are possible any time; become a member)
    • You are a young scientist doing a PhD or writing your Master thesis without holding a full position
    • You are working on a topic of plant science
    • You are presenting a poster or giving a (short) oral presentation
    • You provide evidence of your expenses with receipts after the conference
    • Multiple financial support is excluded

    Application

    Please complete the > application form, which will be transmitted to the treasurer of the DBG. You will receive a notice until 26th May whether or not you will receive one of the travel grants.

    Deadline

    Please submit your application until 24th May 2019 the latest.

    Decision

    You will receive an e-mail regarding the approval of your travel grant application.

    Reimbursements

    Traveling Costs

    DBG reimburses either a second-class train or bus ticket or it covers the travel allowance for car usage.

    Accommodation Costs

    The DBG reimburses accommodation costs not exceeding the maximum of the legally established levels of the tax office.

    Registration fee

    The DBG reimburses registration fee.

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    2018

    In the year 2018 DBG's representatives at several universities evaluated master theses in the plant sciences. The following persons received the award (in alphabetical order):

    Benjamin Al (TU München)
    Elucidation of the biological significance of post-translational modifications of Arabidopsis TRAPPII tethering complex proteins
    more in the summary

    Mareike Busche (Universität Bielefeld)
    Functional characterisation of two flavonol synthases and an anthocyanidin synthase from Musa acuminata
    more in the summary with image

    Michael Gasper (Universität Münster)
    Impact of lysine deacetylation on Arabidopsis thaliana seed germination physiology
    more in the summary with image

    Marc Halder (Universität Konstanz)
    Investigating the competitive advantage of functional NPQ in Phaeodactylum tricornutum
    more in the summary

    Stefan Lucius (Universität Rostock):
    Charakterisierung des Phänotyps von Arabidopsis-antisense-PGPase-Pflanzen nach Expression cyanobakterieller PGPasen
    more in the summary

    Fabian-Philipp Sylvester (FU Berlin)
    Targeted „genome editing“ via CRISPR/Cas9 and characterization of CDPKs in stress response
    more in the summary

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    Benjamin Al (TU München)

    Benjamin Al's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at TU München in the year 2018.

    Title of awarded thesis

    "Elucidation of the biological significance of post-translational modifications of Arabidopsis TRAPPII tethering complex proteins"

    Al charakterisierte das Modul TRAPPII, das eine entscheidende Komponente für die Stressphysiologie und Anpassungsfähigkeit von Pflanzen ist.

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    Michael Gasper (Universität Münster)

    Arabidopsis thaliana Col-0 seeds before germination (A) and after germination (B) (white bar = 500 µM). Germination sensu stricto is completed when the radicle of the embryo protrudes through the micropylar endosperm.

    Michael Gasper's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Münster University in the year 2018.

    Title of awarded thesis

    "Impact of lysine deacetylation on Arabidopsis thaliana seed germination physiology"

    This work shows that chemical inhibition of lysine deacetylase activity during seed germination decreased germination speed. Genetic experiments indicated that lysine deacetylases can regulate hormonal signalling during seed germination.

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    Marc Adam Halder (University of Constance)

    Marc Halder's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at University of Constance in the year 2018.

    Title of awarded thesis

    "Investigating the competitive advantage of functional NPQ in Phaeodactylum tricornutum"

    By means of competition experiments the effect of NPQ on the growth performance of a diatom under natural simulated light conditions were analyzed.

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    Stefan Lucius (Rostock University)

    Stefan Lucius's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Rostock University in the year 2018.

    Title of awarded thesis

    "Phenotypical characterization of Arabidopsis antisense PGPase plants expressing putative cyanobacterial PGPases"

    In this study we analyzed to what extent the expression of four putative 2-phosphoglycolate phosphatases (PGPases) from the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 can complement the photorespiratory phenotype of Arabidopsis thaliana antisense PGPase plants.

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    Fabian-Philipp Sylvester (FU Berlin)

    Fabian-Philipp Sylvester's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at FU Berlin in the year 2018.

    Title of awarded thesis

    "Targeted „genome editing“ via CRISPR/Cas9 and characterization of CDPKs in stress response"

    This work shows the great potential of CRISPR/Cas9 regarding the analysis of coupled inherited isoforms of a gen family, here a CDPK gene cluster. Sylvester for the first time generated a triple mutant including cpk21, cpk23 using CRISPR/Cas9.

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    07 Sep 2018 ·  Actualia (engl.) · DBG · People and Careers · Promoting young researchers

    Best Paper Prize: Recipients 2018

    Dr. Katja Meyer and Dr. Max Lauterbach are awarded with DBG's Best Paper Prize. Photos: Janina Lüders (r) und private

    The DBG awarded the two scientists Dr. Katja Meyer (Bielefeld University, WG Prof. D. Staiger) and Dr. Max Lauterbach (Mainz University, WG Prof. G. Kadereit, now Australia) with the Best Paper Prize in Plant Sciences 2018. Meyer adapted the iCLIP technique for plants and identified numerous rhythmic transcripts to be directly regulated by the clock-controlled RNA-binding protein AtGRP7. She published the results in the Journal Genome Biology (DOI: 10.1186/s13059-017-1332-x). Lauterbach identified genes putatively encoding novel C4 proteins through a comparison of five chenopod species with different photosynthetic types. He published the results in the journal Frontiers in Plant Science (DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2017.01939). The awardees will receive their certificates next year during the Conference Botanikertagung in Rostock, Germany. The financial endowments were already given to them.

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    Linda Titkemeier (Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg)

    Linda Titkemeier's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg in the year 2017

    Title of awarded thesis

    "Development of suitable supports for plant specification courses.
    A research on German High School and college students to determine their knowledge of native plants, their diversity and growth."

    This research is the first to compare the knowledge of Biology college students before and after taking part in a plant specification course and the first to take a focus on how to further improve study supports.

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    21 Mar 2018 ·  Actualia (engl.) · Promoting young researchers · Event

    Programme: Eduard Strasburger Workshop Mitochondria

    The final programme for the Eduard-Strasburger Workshop of the DBG is ready and lists speakers and titles of the talks. The paper also informs about the venue and public transportation. The conference will take place in Bonn, Germany, from 17th to 19th April 2018. Orgnizers Dr. Stefanie Müller-Schüssele und Dr. Mareike Schallenberg-Rüdinger are looking forward to an interesting meeting.

    > Programme (pdf)

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    20 Feb 2018 ·  Actualia (engl.) · Promoting young researchers · Event

    Invitation: Eduard Strasburger Workshop Mitochondria

    From 17th to 19th April early career plant scientists will meet to discuss research on mitochondria at Bonn University under the title Power Plants in Plants – Mitochondrial Functions in the Green Lineage. Interested people are invited to register until 10th March 2018. The Eduard-Strasburger Workshop funded by the DBG is organised by Dr. Stefanie Müller-Schüssele und Dr. Mareike Schallenberg-Rüdinger who look forward to an interesting meeting, which will allow early careers scientists to meet, network and discuss their recent results.

    > Poster: speakers and schedule (pdf file)

    > Registration Form (Word .dotx file)

    > Venue: Bonn University, Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology (IZMB), Kirschallee 1, 53115 Bonn, Germany

    26 Jan 2018 ·  Actualia (engl.) · People and Careers · Promoting young researchers

    DBG Honoured best Master Theses

    Bielefeld University awarded certificates for the best Master theses of the year 2017. Among them the prize for the best plant science master thesis of Jan Hendrik Hoerner (third from right). Photo and Copyright: Ch. Weische, Bielefeld University on 6th Dec 2017

    Why an invasive pest slug devoured some lettuces while others remain untouched was one of the topics of the honoured master theses (little hint: it were not the salads themselves). The other young plant scientists elucidated specific functions of N-glycosylated proteins in plants, analysed the effects of inhibited chloroplast's development on genetic expression, tested, which substances of an invasive plant contributed to substantial crop failure. One thesis clarified three algal taxa of Trachelomonas, that were validly described already 100 years ago. For the fourth time the German Society for Plant Sciences (DBG) has awarded outstanding MSc theses. This year they were given to three female and two male biologists from the universities of Bielefeld, Münster, Salzburg, Kiel as well as LMU in Munich. The summaries and images of the outstanding works are now on the website.  

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    Jan Hendrik Hoerner (Bielefeld University)

    A) The plant Erodium cicutarium (L.) L’Hér. ex Aiton. B) The lobed cotyledons are an important feature to distinguish E. cicutarium from seedlings from other species of its genus. C) The sharply pointed and hairy base of E. cicutarium seed facilitates zoochory. D) Upcoiling awn of the ripe and dry E. cicutarium seed. Once on soil, humidity causes the helical shape to unwind and drill the seed with the sharply pointed base ahead into the ground. Graphs: Jan Hendrik Hoerner

    Jan Hendrik Hoerner's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Bielefeld University in the year 2017.

    Title of awarded thesis

    "Allelopathic effects of the invasive plant Erodium cicutarium on agricultural crop plants"

    The invasive common stork´s-bill Erodium cicutarium causes yield reduction of various crops in North America. Jan Hendrik Hoerner examined responsible allelochemicals, natural substances produced by the stork´s-bill, which are able to suppress the growth of other plants. He fractionated phenolic compounds with high inhibitory effects, even in minor concentrations.

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    Anike Schaller (Kiel University)

    To prevent the development of chloroplasts, Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings were grown on medium containing Spectinomycin, an inhibitor of translation: A, B control plants without inhibitor; C, D seedlings with inhibitor. Images and copyright: Anike Schaller, Kiel University

    Anike Schaller erhielt den Preis für die beste pflanzenwissenschaftliche Master-Arbeit, die an der xxUniversitätxx im Jahr 20xx erstellt wurde, von der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft.

    Anike Schaller's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at  Kiel University in the year 2017

    Title of awarded thesis

    "Investigations into the role of WHIRLY proteins in communication between nucleus and organelles"

    Schaller has shown, that the inhibition of the chloroplast's development coincides with increased expression of nuclear genes encoding anti-stress proteins such as WHIRLY2 in mitochondria.

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    Birte Peters (Salzburg University)

    The Spanish slug, Arion vulgaris, is feeding on sterile lettuce leaves inoculated with several bacterial strains. Photo: Birte Peters

    Birte Peters's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Salzburg University in the year 2017.

    Title of awarded thesis

    "Epiphytic bacteria on lettuce affect the feeding behavior of an invasive pest slug"

    This study showed for the first time that lettuce leave surface associated bacteria can directly affect the feeding behavior of a generalist herbivore.

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    Hannah Elisa Krawczyk ( Münster University)

    Hannah Elisa Krawczyk's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at xxUniversity in the year 2017

    Title of awarded thesis

    "Influence of complex-type N-glycosylation on brassinosteroid signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana"

    Hannah Elisa Krawczyk attempts to elucidate specific functions of N-glycosylated proteins in plants. She now found a correlation between the inability to form complex-type or hybrid-type N-glycans in the Golgi apparatus and an altered sensitivity towards the two phytohormones brassinolide (BL) and abscisic acid (ABA).

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    Anže Žerdoner Čalasan (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

    Fig. C: Electron microscope image of Trachelomonas cells at different ontogenetic stages. Fig. F: Light microscope image of a Trachelomonas cell during hatching. Images: Anže Žerdoner Čalasan, LMU

    Anže Žerdoner Čalasan's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU) in the year 2017

    Title of awarded thesis

    "Morphological, phylogenetic and taxonomic analysis of selected Trachelomonas (Euglenida) strains"

    Anže Žerdoner Čalasan clarified three taxa of Trachelomonas taxa that were validly described already 100 years ago. In doing this he was able to apply also genetic information for reliable species determination.

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    2017

    In the year 2017 DBG's representatives at several universities evaluated master theses in plant sciences. The following persons received the award (in alphabetical order):

    Anže Žerdoner Čalasan (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
    Morphological, phylogenetic and taxonomic analysis of selected Trachelomonas (Euglenida) strains
    more in the summary with image

    Jan Hendrik Hoerner (Universität Bielefeld)
    Allelopathic effects of the invasive plant Erodium cicutarium on agricultural crop plants
    more in the summary with two images

    Hannah Elisa Krawczyk (Universität Münster)
    Influence of complex-type N-glycosylation on brassinosteroid signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana
    more in the summary with image

    Birte Peters (Universität Salzburg)
    Epiphytic bacteria on lettuce affect the feeding behavior of an invasive pest slug
    more in the summary with two images

    Anike Schaller (Universität Kiel)
    Untersuchungen zur Rolle von WHIRLY-Proteinen in der Kommunikation zwischen Zellkern und Organellen
    more in the summary with image

    Linda Titkemeier (Carl von Ossietzky-University Oldenburg)
    Entwicklung geeigneter Lernhilfen für die Pflanzenbestimmungsübungen
    more in the summary

    03 Nov 2017 ·  Actualia (engl.) · Promoting young researchers

    Strasburger Workshop: Cooperation and Conflict between Genomes

    The workshop participants came from more than five countries. Photo: Niklas Buhk

    Sorry, in German only

    Der 3. Eduard Strasburger Workshop mit dem Titel Two Genomes in one Cell - Communication and Conflict lockte mehr als 40 Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler der Polyploidie- und Hybridisierungsforschung nach Bremen. Dort thematisierten sie, welche Schwierigkeiten Zellen meistern, die ihre Chromosomensätze mischen oder gar vervielfältigen. Der Workshop fand vom 30. August und 1. September 2017 statt unter der Regie der Nachwuchswissenschaftler Dawit Girma Tekleyohans, Niklas Buhk und Thomas Nakel der Universitäten Oldenburg und Bremen. Die vorwiegend jungen Nachwuchskräfte reisten aus mehreren Nationen an, darunter Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz, Schweden und Pakistan, was die internationale Relevanz des Themas unterstreicht. Die Organisatoren berichten in ihrer Tagungsnachlese unter anderem über neue Modellpflanzen, einen Genomschock, eine Methode zum Nachweis von drei Eltern und in welcher Weise junge Forschende bevorzugt wurden.

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    Awards for best posters at Botanikertagung 2017

    From the 235 posters presented at Botanikertagung 2017 in Kiel an expert jury chose several as best papers. The awarded presenters received a document as well as 135 Euros each since the German Society for Plant Sciences (DBG) today was 135 years old.

    Awarded young scientists and their posters (pdf file):

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    11 Apr 2017 ·  Actualia (engl.) · Promoting young researchers

    Invitation: Strasburger Workshop 2017

    This summer, young plant scientists will focus on Two genomes in one cell - communication and conflict. From August 30 until September 1, 2017, they will come together in Bremen in the 3rd Eduard Strasburger Workshop. The Workshop supported by the DBG brings together young and senior plant scientists and opens a forum for talks and discussions as well as for networking. Registration deadline for the popular workshop that will be organized by young scientists from the Universities of Bremen and Oldenburg (Dr. Dawit Girma Tekleyohans, M.Sc. Thomas Nakel, M.Sc. Niklas Buhk) is on July, 31.

    > Poster (pdf file)

    > Invitation and topic (pdf file)

    > Registration (pdf file)

    > details on website: http://www.uni-bremen.de/en/molgen/strasburger-2017.html

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    13 Feb 2017 ·  Actualia (engl.) · DBG · Promoting young researchers

    Grant: Travel allowances to Botanikertagung

    The society supports young scientists in granting travel allowances for members of the DBG who participate at the Botanikertagung by presenting an oral paper or a poster (author or coauthor). The international Botanikertagung will take place in Freising Weihenstephan from August 30th to September 3rd, 2015. It will be provided either for students / graduates or for young researchers who lack a full salary.

    Travel allowances and application: Details and Application Form (Intranet)

    > become a member of the DBG first

    12 Feb 2017 ·  Actualia (engl.) · Call · Promoting young researchers

    Eduard Strasburger-Workshop

    Sorry - in German only:

    Von Nachwuchswissenschaftlern für Nachwuchswissenschaftler

    Wenn Sie Postdoc oder Doktorand sind, eine Idee für einen Workshop über eine aktuelle pflanzenwissenschaftliche Thematik mit interdisziplinären Ansätzen haben und eine Plattform für einen lebendigen Austausch von Doktoranden untereinander veranstalten möchten, schicken Sie Ihr Konzept bitte an den Vorstand der DBG, der Ihre Veranstaltung im Rahmen eines Eduard Strasburger-Workshops mit bis zu 5.000 € unterstützt. Bitte wenden Sie sich jederzeit an den Präsidenten der DBG. Der zweite Eduard Strasburger-Workshop fand im September 2016in München statt und hatte den Titel "Phylogenomics - The next generation of evolutionary botany". In ihrer Tagungsnachlese thematisieren die Organisatorinnen Susann Wicke und Dörte Harpke nicht nur die Tagungsschwerpunkte sondern auch die Sorgen der Nachwuchskräfte.

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    Herbert Braunschmid (Salzburg University)

    Floral measurements: Length and height of the labellum, width of the labellum mouth (a), and posterior exit height (b; with a bee leaving through the posterior exit). Photo: Herbert Braunschmid

    Herbert Braunschmid's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Salzburg University in the year 2016.

    Title of the awarded thesis

    "Divergent floral traits and pollinators of Cypripedium calceolus L."

    The work analyses whether divergent floral traits of the lady's-slipper orchid (Cypripedium calceolus) along an altitudinal gradient are driven by pollinator mediated selection.

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    Wilena Telman (Universität Bielefeld)

    Wilena Telman's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Bielfeld University in the year 2016.

    Title of awarded thesis

    "Function of the 2-cystein peroxiredoxin and cyclophilin 20-3 within the redox-regulatory network in A. thaliana"

    The obtained results gave evidence that the chloroplastidic 2-CysPrx-Cyp20-3 module links the redox, protein and thiol homeostasis in the context of cellular stress adaptation.

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    2016

    In the year 2016 DBG's representatives at 5 universities evaluated master theses in plant sciences. The following persons received the award (in alphabetical order):

    Herbert Braunschmid (Universität Salzburg)
    Divergent floral traits and pollinators of Cypripedium calceolus L.
    more in the summary with image

    Ina Burghardt (Goethe Universität Frankfurt)
    "The impact of plastid immunophilins on light acclimation of Arabidopsis thaliana.
    more in the summary with image

    Dominika Kundel (Universität Konstanz)
    Bio-Effector Application: Impact on Growth Performance of maize and effect on associated arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.
    more in the summary with image

    Laura Mosebach (Universität Münster)
    Regulation of photosynthetic electron transfer via PGRL1 and PGR5 in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
    more in the summary with images

    Wilena Telman (Universität Bielefeld)
    Zur Funktion des 2-Cystein Peroxiredoxins und des Cyclophilin 20-3 innerhalb des Redox-regulatorischen Netzwerks von A. thaliana.
    more in the summary

    Paulina Anna Zigelski (Universität Hamburg)
    “Molecular biogeography of the Syzygium guineense complex: How environment and genetics push suffrutication in Africas Miombo region“
    more in the summary with images

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    Dominika Kundel (Universität Konstanz)

    Dominika Kundel analyses growth parameters. Photo: Andreas Basler, Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau Schweiz (FiBL)

    Dominika Kundel's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Konstanz University in the year 2016.

    Title of the awarded thesis

    "Bio-Effector Application: Impact on Growth Performance of maize and effect on associated arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi."

    Plant extraction products and tiny soil organisms, so called Bio-Effectors might improve current fertilization strategies. The methods applied in this thesis might be helpful in further investigations on this subject.

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    Ina Burghardt (Goethe Universität Frankfurt)

    State I state II transition measurement of the fkbp mutant. State I was induced in Arabidopsis plants and afterwards the extent of antenna movement was determined as ratio of transient maximum fluorescence / maximum fluorescence. (Left: Fm‘/Fm pseudocolor image after 10 min.; right: time course Fm‘/Fm of WT – black and fkbp mutant – green.) Graph: Ina Burghardt

    Ina Burghardt 's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Goethe University Frankfrut in the year 2016.

    Title of awarded thesis

    "The impact of plastid immunophilins on light acclimation of Arabidopsis thaliana."

     

    Plastid FKBP-type immunophilins are putative regulators of photosynthetic complexes. Knocking out one of these FKBPs led to loss of antenna movement (state transitions), the required STN7-kinase is active.

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    Laura Mosebach Universität Münster

    The photosynthetic machinery. Linear electron flow (LEF), cyclic electron flow (CEF) and the roles of the transmembrane electrochemical proton gradient. As electron transfer is coupled to proton translocation, LEF and CEF contribute to the formation of the proton gradient. LEF involves water splitting and NADPH production. The proton gradient fuels ATP synthesis, induces non-photochemical quenching (qE) and exerts photosynthetic control. LHC = light harvesting complex; PS = photosystem; Cyt b6f = cytochrome b6f complex; PC = plastocyanin; FDX = ferredoxin; FNR = FDX:NADP+ reductase; ATPase = CF1-F0-ATP-synthase; PGRL1 = PGR5-like photosynthetic phenotype 1; PGR5 = proton gradient regulation 5. Top left: Chlamydomonas reinhardtii Source of algal cell: Pflanzenforschung.de (http://www.pflanzenforschung.de/de/themen/pflanzen-im-fokus/chlamydomonas/) (adapted from Pflanzenforschung.de) Graph: Laura Mosebach

    Laura Mosebach's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at xxUniversity in the year 2016.

    Title of awarded thesis

    "Regulation of photosynthetic electron transfer via PGRL1 and PGR5 in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii"

    The proteins PGRL1 and PGR5 are potentially involved in the recruitment of Ferredoxin:NADP+ Reductase (FNR) to the thylakoid membrane which is involved in the photosynthetic electron transport in the green alga.

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    Paulina Anna Zigelski

    Phenotypic varieties of Syzygium guineense s.l., S. benguellense (middle left) and S. cordatum (upper right). This morphological diversity is a response to adaptation to different habitats of southern Africa like rivers, flood plains, open grasslands, more or less open woodlands and mountainous areas.Photos: Paulina Zigelski

    Paulina Anna Zigelski's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Hamburg University in the year 2016.

    Title of awarded thesis

    "Molecular biogeography of the Syzygium guineense complex: How environment and genetics push suffrutication in Africas Miombo region"

    For the first time the origins of „underground trees“ in southern Africa were investigated in detail using a model species: an interaction of environmental and genetic factors play a crucial role in their evolution.

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    2015

    In the year 2015 DBG's representatives at 6 universities evaluated master theses in plant sciences. The following persons received the award (in alphabetical order):

    Christoph Hahn (Carl-von-Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg):
    The diversity of kale: Glucosinolate content and phylogenetic relationships
    more in the summary with images

    Barbara Jakobs (Universität Konstanz):
    Charakterisierung der physiologischen Funktion der mitochondrialen Protease DEG10 in Arabidopsis thaliana
    more in the summary

    Stefanie Jung (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen):
    Salt tolerance and genetic variability of Prunus serotina Ehrh.
    more in the summary with images

    Johanna Kozak (Technische Universität München):
    Dwarf, subalpine coniferous forests on permafrost lenses below the treeline in the Swiss Alps
    more in the summary with images

    Christoph Tim Krannich (Universität Rostock):
    Role of the ethylene-signaling-pathway with regard to drought tolerance and storage of potatoes
    more in the summary

    Franziska Walther (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt):
    Flora and vegetation of pavement grooves in the city of Frankfurt am Main
    more in the summary with images

    Eva Laura von der Heyde (Universität Bielefeld):
    Study of taxonomically restricted gene families in Volvox carteri
    more in the summary with images

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    2014

    In the year 2014 DBG's representatives at 13 universities evaluated the master theses in plant sciences. The following persons received the award (in alphabetical order):

    Philip Albers (FU Berlin):
    In vivo regulation of Arabidopsis thaliana CPK5 in plant pathogen defense
    more in the German summary

    Christodoulos Filippis (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt): 
    Untersuchungen zur Rolle von PaRCF1 und PaRCF2 bei der Organisation von Atmungskettensuperkomplexen bei Podospora anserina
    more in the German summary

    Simon Fraas (Universität Hamburg):
    Hansa-Trace - Ein System zur automatischen Hochdurchsatz-Erfassung der schnellen Wachstums-effekte bei Arabidopsis thaliana L HEYNH more in the German summary with images

    Klaus Herburger (Universität Innsbruck):
    Zellwandkomponenten und ökophysiologische Charakterisierung der streptophytischen Grünalgen Klebsormidium sp. und Zygnema sp.
    more in the German summary with images

    Marcel Kansy (Universität Leipzig):
    Einfluss von Lipiden auf die Struktur und Funktion von Photosystem II
    more in the German summary

    Friedrich Kirsch (Universität Rostock):
    Integration des cyanobakteriellen Glyceratwegs aus Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 in die Photorespiration von Arabidopsis thaliana
    more in the German summary

    Christian Köttig (TU München):
    Redoxregulation von Proteinposphatasen des Typs C2
    more in the German summary with images

    Verena Lauströer (Universität Bielefeld):
    Influence of mycotrophic degree on growth response for two plant species in single and competition treatments under conditions promoting parasitism by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi
    more in the summary with images

    Maximilian Lauterbach (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz):
    Phylogeny and biogeography of Zygophyllum s.l. (Zygophyllaceae)
    more in the German summary with images

    Frederic Schramm (Philipps-Universität Marburg):
    Analysis of the peroxisomal membrane proteome of the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum and in vivo localization studies of putative peroxisomal proteins

    more in the German summary mit Bildern

    Sophie Steinhagen (Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen):
    Ultrastruktur der Zellen von Cryptochlora perforans (Chlorarachniophyta)
    more in the German summary with images

    Florian Ulm (TU Kaiserslautern):
    Below ground processes of a native and an invasive legume as a driver for nitrogen distribution on community scale
    more in the German summary with images

    Sebastian Wittek (Universität zu Köln):
    Prosoaulax, a dinoflagellate with mysterious plastids
    more in the German summary with images

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    Young scientists awarded with the Horst Wiehe Prize

    The DBG awards the Horst Wiehe Prize for an outstanding PhD Thesis every other year. The following scientists were endowed:

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    Next Eduard Strasburger-Workshop

    The upcoming Eduard Strasburger-Workshop from young scientists for young scientists is entitled "Phylogenomics - The next generation of evolutionary botany" and will take place in Munich, Germany:

    September 9 - 11, 2016

    University of Munich (LMU), Institute for Systematic Botany and Mycology and the Munich herbaria and
    garden

    Organisators: Dr. Susann Wicke (Uni Münster) und Dr. Dörte Harpke (IPK Gatersleben)

    Registration, applications for travel allowances and abstracts are welcome from April 15 to August 31, 2016. Contributions from young researchers are especially welcome. Confirmed speakers and further details are provided in the second circular (pdf).

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    Barbara Jakobs

    Barbara Jakobs's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Konstanz University in the year 2015

    Title of awarded thesis

    "Characterization of the physiological function of the mitochondrial protease DEG10 in Arabidopsis thaliana"

    By combining physiological and genetic analyses she found first evidence that the protein DEG10 plays an important role in root growth in Arabidopsis especially under temperature stress

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    28 Jan 2016 ·  Actualia (engl.) · Promoting young researchers

    DBG awards best Master theses

    The German Botanical Society has awarded the best Master theses of the previous year. Their abstracts are now on the website. Besides names of the awardees also titles and results are provided as texts and some of them also in images. The theses were carried out at seven universities.

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    Christoph Hahn

    The many different kale varieties available differ in color and curling of the leaves as well as in growth height and shape. Photo: Christoph Hahn, Vera Mageney

    Christoph Hahn's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Oldenburg University in the year 2015.

    Title of awarded thesis

    "The diversity of kale: Glucosinolate content and phylogenetic relationships"

    The content of five glucosinolates in 25 different kale varieties are compared with the phylogenetic relationships of the varieties. The study demonstrates the diversity of kale and the importance of preserving a broad genepool for future breeding purposes.

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    Eva Laura von der Heyde

    Light microscopy image of the multicellular green alga Volvox carteri during embryonic cell divisions (left) and in the adult stage (right). The spherical organism has two different cell types. There are about 2000 small, somatic cells at the surface of the spheroid, which have simple eyes and two flagella for locomotion. The individual somatic cells are probably similar to the unicellular ancestors of the Volvocales. The significantly larger, reproductive cells are located within the spheroid and perform a series of cell divisions to become the daughter spheroids of the next generation. Photo: Eva L. von der Heyde

    Eva Laura von der Heyde's work was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Bielefeld University in the year 2015.

    Title of the awarded thesis

    "Study of taxonomically restricted gene families in Volvox carteri"

    She identified and analysed those gene families in the multicellular green algae Volvox carteri that developed during evolution from unicellular to multicellular organisms. These gene families could be crucial for evolution of multicellularity.

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    Christoph Tim Krannich

    Christoph Tim Krannich's work was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Rostock University in the year 2015.

    Title of the awarded thesis

    "Role of the ethylene-signaling-pathway with regard to drought tolerance and storage of potatoes"

    A set of molecular SSR-markers for practical breeding has been developed and tested in two different bulks, with one marker showing significant association to drought tolerance.

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    Franziska Walther

    Mazus pumilus, newly documented in Germany, in pavement grooves in the city centre of Frankfurt. Photo and copyright: K. Stich

    Franziska Walther's work was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Goethe University Frankfurt in the year 2015.

    Title of the awarded thesis

    "Flora and vegetation of pavement grooves in the city of Frankfurt am Main"

    She found almost one quarter of all taxa registered in Frankfurt to occur in pavement grooves, which occupy only 1 % of the area of Frankfurt. Remarkably, a spontaneous appearance of Mazus pumilus was documented for the first time in Germany.

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    Johanna Kozak

    Section and layout plan of the transect in the study area Brüeltobel, Appenzell, Swiss Alps with hight of plants (y axis) Graph: Johanna Kozak

    Johanna Kozak's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out atTechnische Universität München in the year 2015. 

    Title of thesis

    "Dwarf, subalpine coniferous forests on permafrost lenses below the treeline in the Swiss Alps"

    The first phytosociological description of dwarf plants on proven permafrost lenses suggest that there may be two differnt plant communities which are now further investigated.

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    Stefanie Jung

    Stefanie Janine Jung's work was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Giessen University in the year 2015.

    Title of the awarded thesis

    "Salt tolerance and genetic variability of Prunus serotina Ehrh."

    She found out that the invasive black cherry reacts differently to saline aerosols depending on their stages of development. However, a locational advantage due to an increased salt tolerance can be excluded.

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    Learning by doing

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    Endlich eine helfende Hand bei der eigenen Doktorarbeit. Was wie ein Traum klingt, ermöglicht der DAAD: Die DBG sponserte viele Jahre lang jeweils drei RISE-Stipendien für ausländische Studierende, die deutsche Graduierte bei der Forschung unterstützten. Was das für die Beteiligten bringt, beschreibt die Redakteurin der Gesellschaft. Zusätzlich verrät sie Tipps und Tricks, wie man einen Praktikanten für sich gewinnt, denn um diese muss man ein wenig werben.

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    Promotion

    To support young researchers is an important objective of our society. To do so the Society has developed several instruments, such as prizes, travel allowances, sponsoring of meetings and participation of young scientists at conferences.

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    Prizes presented for scientific excellence

    The DBG awards several prizes:

    • The Wilhem Pfeffer Prize is being awarded biennially from funds of the Wilhelm-Pfeffer-Foundation for an outstanding PhD Thesis.
    • The Prize for the Best Publiaction will be awarded yearly from funds of the Wilhelm Pfeffer Foundation.
    • The Horst Wiehe Prize ("Förderpreis der Horst-Wiehe-Stiftung") is being awarded every second year for an outstanding scientific work in the field of Botany.
    • On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the first edition of the "Lehrbuch für Botanik" by E. Strasburger, F. Noll, H. Schenk and A.F.W. Schimper, the "Strasburger Prize" was created in 1994. It is being awarded every second year for an outstanding and especially original botanical work of a scientist less than 35 years old, is endowed with 2.500 Euros and is supported by the publishing house Springer Spektrum.

    Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis is awarded every year at every participating university.

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    Eduard Strasburger Workshop

    Young plant scientists are invited to organise a Eduard Strasburger Workshop to foster the interdisciplinary scientific exchange of expertise and networking. It will be organised by young scientists for young scientists under the auspices of a scientific institution, shall last for two about days and be addressed to 25-40 participants. Upon approval by the board the DBG offers up to 5,000 Euros for this.

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    Travel Grants

    On application the DBG gives travel grants to students and young scientists presenting an oral paper or a poster at the congress "Botanikertagung". The applicants must be members of the DBG. The deadlines concerning the travel grants are announced in DBG's newsletter and in the Intranet.

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    Support of attendance

    The society sponsorsthe attendance of young scientists at such meetings and conferences that focus on young scientists upon application.

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    International Exchange (RISE)

    Since many years the society supports the RISE program (Research Internship in Science and Engineering) of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD): young scientists from abroad and Great Britain do research at a Germany university together with German Ph.D. candidates. And German students can apply for an internship in Northamerica.

    At the moment the DBG is not involved in the RISE program.

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    Excusively from young scientists for young scientists

    On application the DBG supports the meetings of young scientists and researchers to further their scientific exchange of expertise. The society especially fosters the building of interdisciplinary and trans-sectional networks among emerging scientists.

    The DBG invites applications from young scientists to be funded for the organization of the Eduard Strasburger-Workshop for young scientists. A small group of graduates can apply for the funding under the auspices of a senior scientist from a scientific institution. The workshop is supposed to last about two days (including a networking evening) and shall address 25 to 40 participants. The DBG offers to support such an event with up to 5.000 Euros. 

    If you want to conduct a Eduard Strasburger-Workshop please contact the president and submit the necessary application form.

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    Application and Alert

    Applications for the organisation of the workshop can be submitted to the president all year round.

    Application and Documentation

    Application and documentation (German pdf file)

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    "It was an experience of a lifetime"

    How Stacy Krueger summarizes her stay at a Cologne institute

    In her final evaluation report fellow Stacy Krueger states about her visit of an Cologne institute working with algae, in which she worked in 2006 with the team of DBG member PD Dr. Burkhard Becker:

    „… My experience in Germany, through the generous donations from the DAAD and the German Botanical Society (and my parents), is one that really is difficult to articulate in the written word. I entered the internship a little scared of leaving my home and parents, who odd as it may be to some of my peers, are my best friends. I left Germany feeling part of a new family, in Sabina, Thomas (and their respective families), and Walter. I learned more about myself in all respects than I could have ever hoped for. The internship furthered my career in three major ways. The first way was through the techniques I learned while working in Dr. Becker’s research group. I absorbed liters of information about molecular techniques and algae. Second, the internship created the opportunity to make contacts with various German professors that will help my future career in academia. Finally, third, and probably most important, was the self-confidence and poise that I found within myself. I left Los Angeles wide-eyed dreaming of Europe with a Bachelor’s just under my belt and returned a more mature and enriched adult. I will always feel incredibly fortunate that such an opportunity was shown to me by my advisors and that a favorable decision was made in response to my application materials. It was an experience of a lifetime.”

    The internship of Keurger wasmediated by the DAAD's RISE-programm and sponsored through the DBG

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    RISE

    For ten years the society sponsored undergraduate students to conduct research at a German institute or university. With this the DBG continued to promote the RISE Program (Research Internship in Science and Engineering) of the DAAD organization (Deutsch Akademischer Austauschdienst) in the years from 2005 to 2015: Undergraduates from the USA, Canada or Great Britain visit German universities or scientific institutes and do research together with German graduates. Since 2009 the DAAD also sponsors the visit of young German researchers in Northern America. Both parties profit from this colaboration. Or how a participant puts it: "The internship furthered my career in three major ways."

    More about the DAAD program

    How a US-student described her stay at a German institute which investigates algae "It was an experience of a lifetime"

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    Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis

    Every year the DBG awards a prize for the best master thesis in plant science at every participating university. The award comprises a certificate and a 100 Euros prize.

    Mode of Application and Awarding Procedure

    To apply every young plant science person shall hand his/her master thesis over to the representative the DBG has at every university all year round. Together with other plant science university lecturers who are interested the contact person decides in October which of the master theses is the best. The contact person also decides about the awarding procedure which can be the annual faculty ceremony, a graduation ceremony, or a personal presentation. The award winning thesis will be listed together with the scientist’s name, the title and a short summary on the website of the DBG.

    Publication of the Thesis Summary

    The summary of the award winning thesis to be published on the DBG website shall contain the name of the prize winner, the title of the thesis, one introductory sentence, one or two sentences about the methods used, and a few easily comprehensible sentences about the results as well as a conclusion or an outlook. We also provide a possibility to enrich the text with one or two graphics to serve as “appetizer” or summarizing image. Please also quote a link where the thesis can be found in the internet to allow further reading. Please send the text as a word file and the images as originals (not included into the word document) within four weeks to the following e-mail: masterarbeit[at]deutsche-botanische-gesellschaft.de

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    Prize winners

    Since 2014 the German Botanical Society awards a prize for the best plant science master thesis, which was carried out at each of the participating universities. The following young scientists received the honor:

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    Friedrich Kirsch

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    Friedrich Kirsch erhielt den Preis für die beste botanische Master-Arbeit, die an der Universität Rostock im Jahr 2014 erstellt wurde, von der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft.

    Titel der ausgezeichneten Arbeit

    "Integration des cyanobakteriellen Glyceratwegs aus Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 in die Photorespiration von Arabidopsis thaliana"

    Er fand einen cyanobakteriellen "Bypass" der pflanzlichen Photorespiration

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    Verena Lauströer

    Experimental set-up: climate chamber and pots for single and competition plants. Photo: Verena Lauströer

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    Verena Lauströer erhielt den Preis für die beste pflanzenwissenschaftliche Master-Arbeit, die an der Universität Bielefeld im Jahr 2014 erstellt wurde, von der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft.

    Titel der ausgezeichneten Arbeit

    "Influence of mycotrophic degree on growth response for two plant species in single and competition treatments under conditions promoting parasitism by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi"

    New understanding of species-specific reactions dependent on mycotrophy level on AMF induced parasitism-promoting conditions

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    Frederic D. Schramm

    Subzelluläre Lokalisation von Pex12-eGFP-Fusionsproteinen in der Diatomee Phaeodactylum tricornutum. Durch die Lokalisierung des fluoreszenz-markierten Membranproteins Pex12 können die Peroxisomen visualisiert werden. Diese befinden sich in unmittelbarer Nachbarschaft zur komplexen Plastide, einem charakteristischen Organell der Diatomeen. DIC, Differentialinterferenzkontrast, PAF, Plastidenautofluoreszenz, Overlay, Überlagerung der beiden Fluoreszenzkanäle. Der Maßstabsbalken entspricht 10 µm. Aufnahme: Frederic D. Schramm

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    Frederic D. Schramm erhielt den Preis für die beste pflanzenwissenschaftliche Master-Arbeit, die an der Philipps-Universität Marburg im Jahr 2014 erstellt wurde, von der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft.

    Titel der ausgezeichneten Arbeit

    "Analysis of the peroxisomal membrane proteome of the diatom Phaeodactylum tricornutum and in vivo localization studies of putative peroxisomal proteins"

    Damit gewährte er einen Einblick in das Proteom der Peroxisomen der Kieselalge Phaeodactylum tricornutum

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    Marcel Kansy

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    Marcel Kansy erhielt den Preis für die beste pflanzenwissenschaftliche Master-Arbeit, die an der Universität Leipzig im Jahr 2014 erstellt wurde, von der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft.

    Titel der ausgezeichneten Arbeit

    "Einfluss von Lipiden auf die Struktur und Funktion von Photosystem II"

    Wie er herausfand, unterstützen Lipide der Chloroplastenmembran die Struktur und Funktion des Photosystems II oder leiten dessen Auflösung ein

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    Simon Fraas

    Abbildung 1 a: Scanner-Aufbau für Wurzelwachstumsmessung. b: Typische Rohbilder der Wurzeln junger Arabidopsis-thaliana Pflanze. c: Scanner-Aufbau für Hypokotyle. d: Gescanntes Hypokotyl. e-h: Verarbeitungsprozess der Bilder: Ein Rohbild einer Wurzel (e) wird zunächst in eine reine Schwarz-Weiß-Darstellung verwandelt (f), skelettiert (g) und die Wurzellänge anhand des Linienzuges der Mittelachse exakt ermittelt (h). Aufnahmen: Simon Fraas

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    Simon Fraas erhielt den Preis für die beste pflanzenwissenschaftliche Master-Arbeit, die an der Universität Hamburg im Jahr 2014 erstellt wurde, von der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft.

    Titel der ausgezeichneten Arbeit

    "Hansa-Trace - Ein System zur automatischen Hochdurchsatz-Erfassung der schnellen Wachstumseffekte bei Arabidopsis thaliana L. HEYNH"

    Die Software Hansa-Trace misst schnelles Wurzelwachstum und unterstützt Hochdurchsatz-Phänotypisierung

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    Philip Albers

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    Philip Albers erhielt den Preis für die beste pflanzenwissenschaftliche Master-Arbeit, die an der Freien Universiät Berlin im Jahr 2014 erstellt wurde, von der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft.

    Titel der ausgezeichneten Arbeit

    "In vivo regulation of Arabidopsis thaliana CPK5 in plant pathogen defense"

    Regulationsmechanismen des zentralen Enzyms CPK5 in der pflanzlichen Bakterienabwehr

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    Klaus Herburger

    Lichtmikroskopische Aufnahmen (DIC) von Zellfilamenten einiger der im Rahmen der Masterarbeit untersuchten streptophytischen Grünalgen. (a) Klebsormidium crenulatum, (b) Klebsormidium nitens „Bot. Garden II“, (c) Zygnema sp. „Saalach“ und (d) Zygnema sp. „Elmau-Alm“. Maßstabbalken = 20 µm. Aufnahmen: Klaus Herburger

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    Klaus Herburger erhielt den Preis für die beste pflanzenwissenschaftliche Master-Arbeit, die an der Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck im Jahr 20xx erstellt wurde, von der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft.

    Titel der ausgezeichneten Arbeit

    "Zellwandkomponenten und ökophysiologische Charakterisierung der streptophytischen Grünalgen Klebsormidium sp. und Zygnema sp."

    Der Preisträger stellte die zellulären und physiologischen Anpassungen von Grünalgen an das Landleben dar

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    Sebastian Wittek

    Modifizierung zelleigener Plastiden in Prosoaulax. A Transmissionselektronische (TEM) Aufnahme einer Zelle im Nahrungsüberfluss mit reduzierten Plastiden (rP) und Nahrungsvakuolen (Nv). B Lichtmikroskopische (LM) Aufnahme einer Zelle im Nahrungsüberfluss. C Detailaufnahme eines reduzierten Plastiden. D TEM Aufnahme einer Zelle in Nahrungsknappheit mit stark vergrößerten Plastiden (P). E LM Aufnahme einer Zelle mit stark vergrößerten Plastiden. F Detailaufnahme eines stark vergrößerten Plastiden. Aufnahmen: Sebastian Wittek.

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    Sebastian Wittek erhielt den Preis für die beste pflanzenwissenschaftliche Master-Arbeit, die an der Universität zu Köln im Jahr 2014 erstellt wurde, von der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft.

    Titel der ausgezeichneten Arbeit

    "Prosoaulax – A Dinoflagellate with Mysterious Plastids"

    Er zeigte, dass manche mixotrophe Prosoaulax-Dinoflagellaten ihre Plastiden nutzen um Nahrungsmangel zu überbrücken.

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    Florian Ulm

    1. Corema album, ein natives Heidekrautgewächs, in dieser Arbeit als Bioindikator verwendet. 2. Acacia longifolia, eine invasive Leguminose aus Australien. 3. Das Primärdünensystem im Süden von Portugal (Pinheiro da Cruz, N 38°15.2’ W 8°45.8’). Zu sehen ist das Ökosystem ohne Invasion. Fotos: Florian Ulm.

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    Florian Ulm erhielt den Preis für die beste pflanzenwissenschaftliche Master-Arbeit, die an der Universität Kaiserslautern im Jahr 2014 erstellt wurde, von der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft.

    Titel der ausgezeichneten Arbeit

    "Below ground processes of a native and an invasive legume as a driver for nitrogen distribution on community scale"

    Weil er beschrieb, wie Veränderungen in der Rhizosphäre den Erfolg einer pflanzlichen Invasion beeinflussen

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    Sophie Steinhagen

    Lichtmikroskopische Aufnahmen von Cryptochlora perforans: Abgebildet ist das amöboide, frei bewegliche Stadium in differentiellem Interferenzkontrast. Erkennbar sind die aus Zellplasma bestehenden Pseudopodien, welche sich zur Nahrungsaufnahme ins Medium erstrecken und der Ortsveränderung dienen (Maßstab 20 µm). Aufnahme: Reinhard Schnetter, Uni Gießen

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    Sophie Steinhagen erhielt den Preis für die beste pflanzenwissenschaftliche Master-Arbeit, die an der Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen im Jahr 2014 erstellt wurde, von der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft.

    Titel der ausgezeichneten Arbeit

    "Ultrastructure of cells of Cryptochlora perforans (Chlorarachniophyta)"

    Ihr gelang der erste Nachweis des zusätzlichen Zellkerns in der grünen Amöbe Cryptochlora perforans

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    Maximilian Lauterbach

    Max Lauterbach fotografiert Zygophyllum botulifolium in der Nähe von Toorberg im südafrikanischen Breede River District. Foto: Dirk Bellstedt.

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    Maximilian Lauterbach erhielt den Preis für die beste pflanzenwissenschaftliche Master-Arbeit, die an der Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz im Jahr 2014 erstellt wurde, von der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft.

    Titel der ausgezeichneten Arbeit

    "Wüsten-Pflanzen der Gruppe Zygophyllum s.l. zeigen enorme Vielfalt und evolutionäre Flexibilität in ihrer Blattanatomie"

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    Christian Köttig

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    Christian Köttig erhielt den Preis für die beste pflanzenwissenschaftliche Master-Arbeit, die an der Technischen Universität München im Jahr 2014 erstellt wurde, von der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft.

    Titel der ausgezeichneten Arbeit

    "Redoxregulation von Proteinphosphatasen des Typs 2C"

    Er untersuchte die Redoxregulation der Proteinphosphatasen ABI1, ABI2, HAB1 und PP2CA durch Wasserstoffperoxid

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    Christodoulos Filippis

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    Christodoulos Filippis erhielt den Preis für die beste pflanzenwissenschaftliche Master-Arbeit, die an der Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt im Jahr 2014 erstellt wurde, von der Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft.

    Titel der ausgezeichneten Arbeit

    "Untersuchungen zur Rolle von PaRCF1 und PaRCF2 bei der Organisation von Atmungskettensuperkomplexen bei Podospora anserina’ "

    Wie er herausfand, ist das Protein PaRCF1 essentiell für die Bildung Komplex-IV-enthaltender Superkomplexe in dem Pilz Podospora anserina

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    Horst Wiehe Prize by the DBG

    The Horst Wiehe Prize (Förderpreis der Horst-Wiehe-Stiftung) is being awarded every other year for an outstanding scientific work in the field of Botany. It is awarded solely to young scientists upon receiving a doctorate or before becoming a lecturer.

    The Prize comprises

    • a document comprising the name of the award winner and the title of the award winning work. The document is underwritten by the president of the German Botanical Society.
    • The award is endowed with € 1500,-. The endowment can increase over time.

    The Prize can be allocated to two persons.

    Founder

    Horst Wiehe from Braunschweig, Germany, donated a sum of 50.000 DM (25,564.50 Euro) to the DBG from which the "Förderpreis der Horst-Wiehe-Stiftung" is being awarded. The board of the DBG accepted the Foundation in 1990 for which Horst Wiehe set the statutes.

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    Eduard Strasburger Prize of the DBG

    The Strasburger Prize is awarded every other year for an outstanding and unconventional work in the field of botany carried out by a young doctorate. It is donated by the Pubisher Springer Spektrum and is given by the German Botanical Society since 1994 according to the statutes.

    Springer Spektrum publishing house donated the prize on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the first publishing of the book "Lehrbuch der Botanik" by Eduard Strasburger, Fritz Noll, Heinrich Schenck und A. F. Wilhelm Schimper.

    The Prize comprises

    • a document comprising the name of the award winner, the title of the award winning work and is underwritten by the president of the DBG
    • a sum of Euros 2500,-
    • a travel allowance for the award winner to join the "Botanikertagung" where the prize will be presented.

    Proposing candidates

    Proposals can be made by university lecturers who are members of the German Botanical Society only. The candidates should be younger than 36 years of age. The proposals must be filed til the 1st December of the year preceeding the year with the conference Botanikertagung. No one can propose his/her own work. More Details are summarized in the statutes.

    Deadlines and Calls

    Calls are published on DBG's website.

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    Young scientists awarded with the Strasburger Prize

    The DBG awards the Strasburger Prize founded by Spektrum Akademischer Verlag (now: Springer-Spektrum) since 1994. Every other year an outstanding botanical research carried out by a young doctorate is choosen. The following scientists were endowed with the prize:

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    Prize for the Best Plant Science Publication

    The Wilhelm Pfeffer Foundation awards every other year the best publication with a sum of 1000 Euros. The prize will only be awarded for publications deriving from Diploma, Master or PhD thesis. The Prize,  casually speaking Best Paper Prize, can be devided. There is no right to receive the prize.

    Application

    The following documents should be sent for application:

    • Offprint of the publication or pdf-file of the online publication, respectively
    • Diploma, Master or PhD thesis, respectively
    • Report of the rewiewer of the journal
    • Reference providing information that the publication derives from the Diploma, Master or PhD thesis, respectively.
    • Short report of the university lecturer who supervised the Diploma, Master or PhD thesis (length about one page).

    Deadlines

    Proposals can be submitted two times each year (31 March and 30 September); dates are communicated via the website. Please send your application to the president of the Wilhelm Pfeffer Foundation.

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    Awarded Scientists: Wilhelm Pfeffer Prize

    The Wilhem Pfeffer Foundation of the DBG awards the Wilhem Pfeffer Prize every other year. The following scientists were endowed:

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    Statutes

    Sorry, the statutes of the Wilhelm Pfeffer Foundation are available in German only.

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    About the Foundation

    The Wilhelm Pfeffer Foundation is an independent organisation of the German Botanical Society (DBG). It promotes young scientists working in botanic disciplines in an ideal and material manner.

    Every other year the Foundation awards the Wilhelm Pfeffer-Prize to young scientists. It also awards the prize for the best paper every year.

    The Foundation is named after the famous plant physiologist Wilhelm Pfeffer and acts through its board.

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    Wilhelm Pfeffer Prize of the DBG

    The Wilhelm Pfeffer Prize is awarded by the DBG's Wilhelm Pfeffer Foundation for an outstanding PhD thesis (dissertation) in the field of plant sciences and scientific botany. It is considered to promote young scientists.

    The Prize comprises

    • a document comprising the name of the award winner, the title of the award winning thesis togehter with its date and place of publication. The document is underwritten by the president of the Wilhelm Pfeffer board
    • a sum of € 2500.-
    • a travel allowance for the award winner to join the "Botanikertagung" where the prize will be presented.

    The Wilhelm Pfeffer Prize cannot be allocated to more than a single person.

    Proposing candidates

    Proposals can be made by full members or honorary members of the German Botanical Society only. No one can propose his/her own PhD thesis.

    Proposals should be sent in three copies and should comprise a written outline why the thesis is of special value, a Curriculum Vitae, and a publication list of the proposed candidate, if available.

    The candidates should have received their PhD from a scientific university. The candidates may not exceede 30 years of age when finished their PhD. Times of military or civil services and parenting times may be excluded. The thesis should be younger than two years upon proposal.

    The award winner is obliged to present his/her thesis in an oral presentation of about 30 minutes after the presentation of the prize. The oral presentation will be integrated into the programme of the annual conference of the German Botanical Society (Botanikertagung). The manuscript of the oral presentation will be submitted to the editors of Plant Biology.

    Survey and deadline

    More information about the procedures are in the constitution of the Wilhelm Pfeffer Foundation (published in Plant Biology 7 (2005), # 6, pages N15-N17).

    The person named in the announcement has to receive complete proposals in a hardcopy and an electronic version until the date cited in the announcement.

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    Scientists awarded with the Prize for the Best Publication

    The Wilhem Pfeffer Foundation awards a Prize for the Best Botanical Publication of a year which came out of a Master, Diploma or PhD thesis since 2006. The following scientists were endowed with the Best Paper Prize:

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    [Translate to Englisch:] Ausgezeichnete Nachwuchsforscher

    DBG verleiht drei Wissenschaftspreise

    Zur Eröffnung der Botanikertagung 2015 wurden die drei Preise der DBG zur Auszeichnung hervorragender Nachwuchswissenschaftler verliehen:

    Eduard Strasburger-Preis 2015
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    Dr. Andreas Fleischmann
    Evolution of genome size and chromosome number in the carnivorous plant genus Genlisea (Lentibulariaceae), with a new estimate of the minimum genome size in angiosperms. Ann Bot. 114(8): 1651-1663
    mehr in der Pressemitteilung und in der Laudatio (pdf)

    Wilhelm Pfeffer-Preis 2015
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    Dr. Manuel Steinbauer
    The Effect of Spatial and Environmental Drivers on Patterns in Species Richness and Composition, Dissertation Uni Bayreuth
    mehr in der Pressemitteilung und in der Laudatio (pdf)

    Horst Wiehe-Preis 2015
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    Dr. Jonas Zimmermann
    Design and valuation of DNA-Barcoding high throughput methods for analyzing diatom diversity: a test case along a south-north gradient in Central Europe (Rivers Lusatian Neisse/Oder), Dissertation Uni Giessen
    mehr in der Pressemitteilung

    28 Jul 2015 ·  Actualia (engl.) · Promoting young researchers

    First Eduard Strasburger-Workshop for young plant scientists

    Small Natural Products in Ecology and Evolution

    From 21st to 23rd September 2014 (2 p.m. to 2 p.m.) the first Eduard Strasburger-Workshop of the German Botanical Society (DBG) will take place in Nuremberg, Germany. Entitled “Linking the biochemistry of small natural products to ecology and evolution” it is organized from young plant biologists for young plant biologists exclusively. The location where the participants will meet is the Hostel in Nuremberg located in the famous 500 year-old castle. Please send your application until 31st August to the organizers Dr. Nadine Meitinger and M.Sc. Daniel Geiger from the Department Biology at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU).
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    16 Oct 2013 ·  Actualia (engl.) · Promoting young researchers

    Drei ausgezeichnete Nachwuchsforscher

    Sorry, in German only

    Drei Nachwuchsforschenden verlieh die DBG Preise für ihre hervorragenden Arbieten am Eröffnungstag der Botanikertagung 2013:

    Eduard Strasburger-Preis 2013
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    Dr. Adrian Alder
    The path from β-carotene to carlactone, a strigolactone-like plant hormone. Erschien in der Zeitschrift Science und ist Teil seiner Dissertation
    mehr in der Pressemitteilung und in der Laudatio (pdf)

    Wilhelm Pfeffer-Preis 2013
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    Dr. Dominik Großkinsky
    Characterisation of Cytokinin mediated Resistance and Biocontrol Effects against Pseudomonas syringae in Arabidopsis and Tobacco. Dissertation an der Uni Graz
    mehr in der Pressemitteilung und in der Laudatio (pdf)

    Horst Wiehe-Preis 2013
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    Dr. Martin Bringmann
    Identification of novel components that connect cellulose synthases to the cytoskeleton
    mehr in der Pressemitteilung und in der Laudatio (pdf)

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    15 Jul 2013 ·  DBG · Promoting young researchers

    Destinations and Addresses for Excursions and Internships

    Students look for locations which offer internships and lecturers search for destinations for excursions: We therefore asked colleagues who are members of the DBG for ideas and experiences in our 2012 survey. All information is without guaranties. You are always welcome to complete or improve the listings that this nucleus of information pool will evolve. We hope that you will profit from the list.

    Please complete or improve the list and write an e-mail to us: Exkurs_Prakt[at]deutsche-botanische-gesellschaft.de

    please downlaod table "Excursions and Internships" (pdf)

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    04 Jan 2013 ·  Actualia (engl.) · Promoting young researchers

    DBG sponsors three fellowships

    Sorry, in German only

    Auch dieses Jahr übernimmt die DBG wieder drei Patenschaften für Nachwuchsforscherinnen und -forscher im Rahmen des RISE-Programms (Research Intership in Science and Engineering) des DAAD. Das heißt sie ermöglicht drei jungen Wissenschaftlern einen Mitarbeiter für die eigene Dissertation für sich gewinnen zu können.
    Wie das RISE-Programm funktioniert

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    29 Mar 2012 ·  Actualia (engl.) · Promoting young researchers

    Praktikanten für Doktoranden: Drei Stipendiaten unterstützt

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    Auch dieses Jahr fördert die DBG ausländische Studierende, die einer hiesigen Doktorandin oder einem Doktoranden zur Hand gehen. Organisiert wird der Austausch, bei dem Nordamerikanische und Britische Studierende in deutsche Hochschulen und pflanzenwissenschaftliche Labore schnuppern, vom Deutschen Akademischen Austauschdienst (DAAD). In diesem „Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)“ genannten Programm koordiniert der DAAD die Zusammenführung der Doktoranden-Praktikanten-Paare und erstellt das Ranking unter den eingegangenen Bewerbungen. Drei dieser Stipendien in diesem Jahr finanziert wieder die DBG.

    Details zu RISE

    Bericht über eine frühere Doktoranden-Praktikanten-Zusammenarbeit in den Pflanzenwissenschaften

    Details beim DAAD