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20 May 2020

48th DBG Newsletter

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Welches Modell hilft, um neue Pflanzenwirkstoffe zu entdecken, wo die Pflanzenvielfalt abnimmt und an welchem unerwarteten Ort einst ein ganzer Regenwald wuchs, zeigen unsere Forschungsnachrichten. Unser Newsletter berichtet außerdem, wer einen ERC-Grant für eine neue Züchtungstechnik für die Landwirtschaft erhielt. Die DBG freut sich, den Preisträger der besten pflanzenwissenschaftlichen Publikation eines Nachwuchsforschers bekannt zu geben. Die Sektionen für Angewandte Botanik präsentiert sich mit einer neuen Website.

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20 May 2020

48th Newsletter

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Welches Modell hilft, um neue Pflanzenwirkstoffe zu entdecken, wo die Pflanzenvielfalt abnimmt und an welchem unerwarteten Ort einst ein ganzer Regenwald wuchs, zeigen unsere Forschungsnachrichten. Unser Newsletter berichtet außerdem, wer einen ERC-Grant für eine neue Züchtungstechnik für die Landwirtschaft erhielt. Die DBG freut sich, den Preisträger der besten pflanzenwissenschaftlichen Publikation eines Nachwuchsforschers bekannt zu geben. Die Sektionen für Angewandte Botanik präsentiert sich mit einer neuen Website. Weitere Forschungsnachrichten und Meldungen aus unseren Sektionen runden den Newsletter ab.

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14 May 2020

Actualia has a new editor

In 1998 Actualia were published as printed supplement of our journal Botanica Acta, which now is Plant Biology.

Prof. Dr. Christian Wilhelm has handed over his editorial function in Actualia to Dr. Jutta Ludwig-Müller after having filled this position for 23 years now.

Der Herausgeber unserer Actualia, Seniorprofessor Dr. Christian Wilhelm (Uni Leipzig) übergibt nach 23 Jahren dieses Ehrenamt nun Professorin Dr. Jutta Ludwig-Müller von der TU Dresden. Was unsere neue Herausgeberin auszeichnet, was die Actualia leistet, wie sie entstand und welchen Arbeiten Wilhelm sich nun zuwendet, schildert dieser Artikel.

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27 Mar 2020

47th DBG Newsletter

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Ein Protein-Atlas für Arabidopsis, wie Wurzeln Wasser finden und wie das Erbgut eines zweiten Vaters eingeschmuggelt werden kann, sind Themen in unseren Forschungsnachrichten.
Nur noch wenige Tage bleiben unseren Mitgliedern, die ein gutes Paper von Nachwuchskräften mit Lorbeeren bekränzt sehen möchten. Die DFG bittet uns um fachlichen Input zur Bewertung zukünftiger Datenstrategien. Berichte über drei Tagungen sowie die Förderinstrumente der DBG runden unseren Newsletter aus den diversen Home-Offices in dieser beispiellosen Zeit ab.

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27 Mar 2020

47th Newsletter

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Ein Protein-Atlas für Arabidopsis, wie Wurzeln Wasser finden und wie das Erbgut eines zweiten Vaters eingeschmuggelt werden kann, sind Themen in unseren Forschungsnachrichten.
Nur noch wenige Tage bleiben unseren Mitgliedern, die ein gutes Paper von Nachwuchskräften mit Lorbeeren bekränzt sehen möchten. Die DFG bittet uns um fachlichen Input zur Bewertung zukünftiger Datenstrategien. Berichte über drei Tagungen sowie die Förderinstrumente der DBG runden unseren Newsletter aus den diversen Home-Offices in dieser beispiellosen Zeit ab.

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Cathrin Manz (Philipps-Universität Marburg)

Cathrin Manz's Master thesis was awarded with the Prize for the Best Plant Science Master Thesis, which was carried out at Philipps-Universität Marburg in the year 2019.

Title: "Diversity assessment of the ectomycorrhizal genus Russula in tropical montane forests in Panama"

For the first time Manz investigated the diversity of Russula species (“brittlegills”) in the mountain rainforests of Panama. More than 45 species were discovered for the first time for Panama with many of them new to science.

The diversity of ectomycorrhizal fungi in the tropics is still largely underexplored, even though they constitute a key component of tropical montane forest ecosystems. In this study, 106 collections of the genus Russula (“brittlegills”) were collected in Chiriquí, Panama and described as fresh fruiting bodies. The samples were analysed with phylogenetic methods using the universal fungal barcode ITS. The resulting phylogenetic tree revealed a total number of 90 Russula species in Panama of which 47 species were newly recorded for this country. Among these samples are many putatively new species. A selection of four new Russula species from subsection Roseinae were analysed morphologically by light and scanning electron microscopy in the context of the master thesis. Five patterns for ectomycorrhizal partners and geographic distribution were revealed. Facing habitat loss and climate change, it is today more than ever necessary to collect and store specimens with associated data and to openly share these resources. Otherwise many species will become extinct unnoticed.

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Cathrin Manz conducted this work at the Department of Biology in the Research group mycology by Karl-Heinz Rexer.

31 Jan 2020

46. Newsletter der DBG

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Mit welchen Molekülen Embryo und Endosperm kommunizieren, welche Schalter den Energiestoffwechsel im Samen anwerfen und welche neue Methoden und Werkzeuge die pflanzenwissenschaftliche Gemeinschaft nutzt und zur Verfügung stellt sind Themen in unseren Forschungsnachrichten. 

Die DBG bittet um Nominierungen für das beste pflanzenwissenschaftliche Paper. Sie präsentiert außerdem die ausgezeichneten Master-Arbeiten und die Themen der Preistragenden, die von den Wurzeln bis in die Baumkronen reichen und Ökologie, Molekularbiologie, Interaktionen, Biochemie sowie Evolution umfassen.

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31 Jan 2020

46th Newsletter

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Mit welchen Molekülen Embryo und Endosperm kommunizieren, welche Schalter den Energiestoffwechsel im Samen anwerfen und welche neue Methoden und Werkzeuge die pflanzenwissenschaftliche Gemeinschaft nutzt und zur Verfügung stellt sind Themen in unseren Forschungsnachrichten. 

Die DBG bittet um Nominierungen für das beste pflanzenwissenschaftliche Paper. Sie präsentiert außerdem die ausgezeichneten Master-Arbeiten und die Themen der Preistragenden, die von den Wurzeln bis in die Baumkronen reichen und Ökologie, Molekularbiologie, Interaktionen, Biochemie sowie Evolution umfassen.

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About us

The section Natural Products brings together scientists of several generations who are interested in various aspects of natural products research ranging from biosynthesis over physiological and ecological function and evolution to biotechnological production of natural plant products. The sections furthers scientific exchange between its members and supports early career scientists.

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Members of the section receive information about activities of the section, section meetings, workshops and relevant job announcements via Email.

Scientific meetings

The section Natural Products meets every second year (alternating with Botanikertagung) for a symposium. These meetings provide a nice platform for scientific exchange and  are especially devoted to young scientists. PhD students and postdocs have the opportunity to present their work, to discuss it in an informal atmosphere and to build their scientific network.

The next section meeting will be held in Jena, Germany, on October 02-04, 2020.

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Members pay a yearly fee of 10 €. Members of our head organisation, Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft (DBG), can become a member of our section through the DBG website.

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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.

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The following documents should be sent for application:

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  • 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.

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    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.

    09 Jan 2020

    Protokoll der Mitgliederversammmlung

    Das Protokoll der DBG-Mitgliederversammlung vom 18. September 2019 in Rostock steht nun zum Download zur Verfügung.

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    03 Jan 2020

    Two new board members take over their offices

    Prof. Dr. Andreas Weber (right) and Prof. Dr. Andreas Meyer. Photos: private

    Our new president and another board member duly started their offices on first of January. Prof. Dr. Andreas Weber, molecular biologist Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) holding several offices, and Prof. Dr. Andreas Meyer, chair for Chemical Signalling at INRES of Bonn University were elected during the member assembly in Rostock, Germany, in September last year. All other board members were re-elected.

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    Speaker and Secretary

    Speaker

    Prof. Dr. Dirk Selmar
    Technische Universität Braunschweig
    Institut für Angewandte Pflanzenbiologie
    Mendelssohnstraße 4
    38106 Braunschweig
    Phone: ++49 (0)531-391-5881
    Email: d.selmar[at]tu-bs.de
    Website: https://www.tu-braunschweig.de/ifp/selmar

    Deputy Speaker

    Dr. Helmut Kassner
    Uni Hamburg, Biozentrum Klein Flottbek, Abt. Nutzpflanzenbiologie
    Ohnhorststr. 18
    D-22609 Hamburg
    Phone: +49 (0)40 42816 349
    Email: helmut.kassner[at]uni-hamburg.de
    Website: https://www.biologie.uni-hamburg.de/biozentrum-klein-flottbek/forschung/bdnp-cierjacks/mitarbeiter/m-cierjacks/hkassner.html

    Secretary

    Prof. Dr. Jutta Papenbrock
    Institut für Botanik
    Leibniz Universität Hannover
    Herrenhäuser Str. 2, 30419 Hannover
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    Email: Jutta.Papenbrock[at]botanik.uni-hannover.de
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    Board Members following September 2019

    The board of the Wilhelm Pfeffer Foundation of the German Society for Plant Sciences (DBG) comprizes of four members:

    President

    Prof. Dr. Severin Sasso
    Institut für Biologie
    Abtl. Pflanzenphysiologie
    Johannisallee 21-23
    04103 Leipzig
    Tel.: ++49 (0) 341-9736893
    E-mail: severin.sasso[at]uni-leipzig.de
    Web: https://biologie.lw.uni-leipzig.de/en/institut/ag/plant-physiology/

    Treasurer

    o.Univ. Prof. Dr. Raimund Tenhaken
    Pflanzenphysiologie
    Universität Salzburg
    Hellbrunnerstr. 34
    5020 Salzburg, Austria
    Phone: ++43 (0)662 8044 5551
    Fax: ++43 (0)662 8044 619
    E-Mail: raimund.tenhaken[at]sbg.ac.at

    Additional Board Members

    Apl. Prof. Dr. Gudrun Kadereit (vice president)
    Institut für Molekulare Physiologie
    AG Biodiversität und Evolution der Pflanzen
    Herbarium MJG
    Anselm-Franz-von-Bentzelweg 9a
    Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
    55099 Mainz
    Tel.: ++49- (0)6131-3922537
    Fax ++49- (0)6131-3923524
    Web: http://iabserv.biologie.uni-mainz.de/eng/442.php
    E-Mail: clausing<AT>uni-mainz.de

    Prof. Dr. Stefan Hoth
    Professur Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie
    Abteilungsleiter
    Biozentrum Klein Flottbek
    Ohnhorststr. 18
    22609 Hamburg
    Phone: ++49 (0)40 42816-582
    Fax: ++49 (0)40 42816-696
    E-Mail: stefan.hoth[at]uni-hamburg.de

    09 Dec 2019

    45th DBG Newsletter

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    Warum Grünkohl erst nach dem ersten Frost schmeckt, in wie vielen Pflanzenfamilien die C4-Photosynthese „erfunden“ wurde und dass horizontaler Gentransfer von Bakterien in Algen erst den Landgang der Pflanzen möglich machte, sind Themen in unseren Forschungsnachrichten.
    Forschende sollen mehr über ihre Wissenschaft informieren, wünschen sich Bürgerinnen und Bürger. Derweil etabliert die Wissenschaftsministerin das Thema Wissenschaftskommunikation als Voraussetzung für zukünftige Förderungen. Und unser zum Jahresende ausscheidende Präsident blickt auf seine Amtszeit zurück.

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    09 Dec 2019

    45th DBG Newsletter

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    Warum Grünkohl erst nach dem ersten Frost schmeckt, in wie vielen Pflanzenfamilien die C4-Photosynthese „erfunden“ wurde und dass horizontaler Gentransfer von Bakterien in Algen erst den Landgang der Pflanzen möglich machte, sind Themen in unseren Forschungsnachrichten.Forschende sollen mehr über ihre Wissenschaft informieren, wünschen sich Bürgerinnen und Bürger. Derweil etabliert die Wissenschaftsministerin das Thema Wissenschaftskommunikation als Voraussetzung für zukünftige Förderungen. Und unser zum Jahresende ausscheidende Präsident blickt auf seine Amtszeit zurück.

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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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Recepients of our Travel Grants for a Lab Visit

    Until today the following (early career) plant scientists received one of our travel grants for a lab visit to initiate new projects or learn a new plant science technique:

    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.

    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.

    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 images

    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

    Cathrin Manz Philipps-Universität Marburg)
    Diversity assessment of the ectomycorrhizal genus Russula in tropical montane forests in Panama
    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 

    On-site Contact Persons

    The DBG offers direct support at many institutes and universities. The following table provides all people, locations, institutes and contact details.

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    11 Oct 2019

    44th DBG Newsletter

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    Das älteste ökologische Freilandexperiment im Tropenwald, wie schlecht heimische Arabidopsis-Individuen auf die Klimakrise vorbereitet sind und ein neuer Biosensor zum Messen von Stressreaktionen sind Themen in den Forschungsnachrichten.

    Wo Ihre Stimme als Wissenschaftlerin oder Wissenschaftler erwünscht wird, an welchen Stellen sich die DBG für die Pflanzenforschung und die Wissenschaft eingesetzt hat und welche Entscheidungen bei unserer Mitgliederversammlung getroffen wurden, steht in den beiden darauffolgenden Rubriken. Außerdem berichten wir von der Präsidiumswahl der DBG und über die Wahlergebnisse von zwei unserer sechs Sektionen.

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    11 Oct 2019

    44th DBG Newsletter

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    Das älteste ökologische Freilandexperiment im Tropenwald, wie schlecht heimische Arabidopsis-Individuen auf die Klimakrise vorbereitet sind und ein neuer Biosensor zum Messen von Stressreaktionen sind Themen in den Forschungsnachrichten.

    Wo Ihre Stimme als Wissenschaftlerin oder Wissenschaftler erwünscht wird, an welchen Stellen sich die DBG für die Pflanzenforschung und die Wissenschaft eingesetzt hat und welche Entscheidungen bei unserer Mitgliederversammlung getroffen wurden, steht in den beiden darauffolgenden Rubriken. Außerdem berichten wir von der Präsidiumswahl der DBG und über die Wahlergebnisse von zwei unserer sechs Sektionen.

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    10 Oct 2019

    Botanikertagung: Plant Science is Essential for our Future

    Conference chair Prof. Dr. Birgit Piechulla wore the conference t-shirt displaying the conference motto Plant Science for our Future. Photo: Thomas Rahr

    More than 400 plant scientists from more than 25 countries came together in September in Rostock, Germany, to exchange and discuss latest research results. Conference chair Prof. Dr. Birgit Piechulla reports about the diversity of plant science disciplines by summarizing the keynote lectures.

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    Mehr als 400 Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aus mehr als zwei Duzend Ländern kamen im September zur Botanikertagung zusammen, um die jüngsten Forschungsergebnisse zu diskutieren. Anhand der Plenarvorträge stellt Tagungspräsidentin, Prof. Dr. Birgit Piechulla, die Vielfalt der pflanzenwissenschaftlichen Disziplinen heraus, die in Rostock besonderes Augenmerk verdienen. Die rasante Entwicklung neuer Züchtungsmethoden u.a. mit CRISPR thematisierte der öffentliche Abendvortrag an der Universität, die dieses Jahr ihre 600-Jahrfeier beging.

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    Speakers

    Prof. Dr. Ute Wittstock
    TU Braunschweig
    Institut für Pharmazeutische Biologie
    Mendelssohnstrasse 1
    D-38106 Braunschweig
    Germany
    Phone: +49 (0)531 391 5681
    E-Mail: u.wittstock[at]tu-braunschweig.de 
    Web: http://134.169.98.131/ipb/mitarbeiter/mitarbeiter_detail_fiona.asp?id=4&cname=

    Prof. Dr. Maike Petersen
    Institut für Pharmazeutische Biologie und Biotechnologie
    Philipps-Universität Marburg
    Deutschhausstraße 17A
    35037 Marburg
    Germany
    Phone: ++49-(0)6421 2825821
    E-Mail: petersen[at]uni-marburg.de
    Maike Petersen group's website

    Board (2020 - 2022)

    The board of trustees of the German Society for Plant Sciences (Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft, DBG) consists of the executive committee and seven additional board members. The executive committee and two members of the board of trustees are elected by the general assembly for a period of two years. The other five members of the board of trustees are the chairpersons of the five sections of the German Society for Plant Sciences.

    Executive Board (2020 - 2022)

    President: Prof. Dr. Andreas Weber

    Treasurer: Prof. Dr. Raimund Tenhaken

    Secretary General: Prof. Dr. Caroline Müller

    Secretary: Dr. Thomas Janßen

    Extended Board (2020 - 2022)

    Elected member of the Extended Board: Prof. Dr. Andreas Meyer

    Elected member of the Extended Board: Prof. Dr. Iris Finkemeier

    Speaker of the Section Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology: Prof. Dr. Stefan Rensing

    Speaker of the Section Biodiversity and Evolution: Prof. Dr. Dirk Albach

    Speaker of the Section Phycology: Prof. Dr. Maria Mittag

    Speaker of the Section Secondary Plant Constituents and Natural Products: Prof. Dr. Ute Wittstock

    Speaker of the Section Applied Botany: Prof. Dr. Dirk Selmar

     

    Substitute

    Substitute Member (advisory support): Speaker of the Section for Interaction (former Section of Mykology and Lichenology) Prof. Dr. Dominik Begerow

    28 Sep 2019

    Images of the Botanikertagung

    All images of the conference. Photos: Thomas Rahr et al.

    The images of our International Plant Science Conference in Rostock with more than 420 participants from 27 countries are now available in the intranet. Many thanks to photographer Thomas Rahr and all other photographers!

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    28 Sep 2019

    Images of the Botanikertagung

    All images of the conference. Photos: Thomas Rahr et al.

    The images of our International Plant Science Confrence in Rostock with more than 420 participants from 27 countries are now available in the intranet. Many thanks to photographer Thomas Rahr and all other photographers!

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    27 Sep 2019

    Thanks to president of the Wilhelm Pfeffer Foundation

    Board member Prof. Dr. Birgit Piechulla handed over the present to Prof. Dr. Christian Wilhelm. Photo: DBG

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    Nachdem er im Frühjahr in Ruhestand gegangen war, trat nach 12 Jahren der Präsident der DBG-eigenen Wilhelm Pfeffer-Stiftung, Prof. Dr. Christian Wilhelm, von diesem Amt zurück. Während der Botanikertagung im September in Rostock, dankte DBG-Präsident Prof. Dr. Karl-Josef Dietz seinem Kollegen Wilhelm für dessen ehrenamtliche Präsidentschaft über so viele Jahre und sein Engagement für den wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs. Tagungspräsidentin Prof. Dr. Birgit Piechulla überreichte ein Präsent. Das Präsidium der Wilhelm Pfeffer-Stiftung entscheidet unter anderem alle zwei Jahre über die Vergabe des Wilhelm Pfeffer-Preises und in den dazwischen liegenden Jahren über die Vergabe des Preises für die Beste Veröffentlichung. Als neuer Präsident der Stiftung wurde Prof. Dr. Severin Sasso gewählt, der seit diesem Frühling Professor für Pflanzenphysiologie an der Universität Leipzig ist.

    27 Sep 2019

    No sustainability without plants and plant science

    Cover of the conference booklet. Photo: Thomas Rahr, Uni Rostock

    DBG's president Prof. Dr. Karl-Josef Dietz emphasized the importance of plant science for basic needs of humankind and our society. There is "no sustainability without plants", he states in his welcome address on the opening of the International Plant Science Conference, Botanikertagung, in Rostock, on 16th September, which was attended by more than 420 participants from 27 countries. “If grown under environmentally balanced conditions, plants are the most sustainable production system on earth.” Moreover, plant science can contribute to 8 out of the 17 sustainable development goals (called SDGs) of the United Nations. For example, weather and stress-resistant crop plants are needed to reach the goal of zero hunger, or plants cleaning toxins out of water, or plants for sustainable biomass production, etc. This dependency stresses how important plant science is for our future.

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    Day 1 and Horst Wiehe Award

    Images from the day 1 of the conference and Horst Wiehe Award
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    Nagoya Workshop

    Members of on the podium of the workshop

     

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    Open evening Lecture

    Ulla Bonas (Halle an der Saale): Neue molekulare Techniken in der Pflanzenzüchtung

     

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    Day 2 and Wilhelm Pfeffer Award

    Images of the 2nd day and Wilhelm Pfeffer Award

     

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    Section Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology

    Stefan Rensing and Andrea Bräutigam were elected to be the new Section's speakers

     

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    Day 3 and Eduard Strasburger Award

    Images of the 3rd day of the Conference and Eduard Strasburger Award

     

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    DBG's member assembly

    Images from the assembly

     

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    Poster Session (en)

    Poster Session on Wednesday, 18th September 2019

     

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    Social Evening

    Festive Dinner at Kurhaus Warnemünde

     

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    Poster Awards

    Awarding ceremony for the authors of best conference posters

     

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    Congress Impressions

    More than 420 participants from 27 countries came to the Botanikertagung 2019 taking place at Ulmen campus of Rostock University.

     

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    26 Sep 2019

    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.

    Awarded young scientists and their poster titles (pdf file)

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    Prof. em. Dr. Heinz Rennenberg (*1949); Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

    Heinz Rennenberg, honorary member of the Society since 2019. Photo: private

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    Heinz Rennenberg erbrachte herausragende wissenschaftliche Pionierleistungen zum Schwefel-Stoffwechsel der Pflanzen, zum Austausch klimarelevanter Spurengase wie etwa Methan zwischen Bio- und Atmosphäre sowie in Physiologie, Ökophysiologie und Molekularbiologie der Bäume. Über viele Jahre war er darüber hinaus Editor in Chief unserer Fachzeitschrift Plant Biology sowie Präsident der Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB) und engagierte sich in unserer Sektion Pflanzenphysiologie und Molekularbiologie. Zudem ist er Mitglied der Nationalen Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina. In der Laudatio zählen die vier antragstellenden Pflanzenwissenschaftler*innen weitere Ergebnisse von Rennenbergs Engagement und wissenschaftlichen Leistungen heraus. 

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    25 Sep 2019

    Prof. Dr. Heinz Rennenberg new honorary member

    DBG's president Prof. Dr. Karl-Josef Dietz, new honorary member Prof. em. Dr. Heinz Rennenberg and giving the laudatory speech Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hartmut Lichtenthaler (f.l.t.r.). Photo: DBG

    The member assembly at the Botanikertagung in Rostock, Germany, unanimously decided that Prof. Dr. Heinz Rennenberg will become our new honorary member.

    Angeregt hatten dies die vier Pflanzenwissenschaftler*innen Prof. Dr. Robert Hänsch (Braunschweig), Prof.in Dr. Cornelia Herschbach (Freiburg), Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hartmut Lichtenthaler (Karlsruhe) und Prof.in Dr. Christiane Werner (Freiburg). Wie Ehrengast Lichtenthaler in der Laudatio (pdf-Datei) herausstellte, könne Rennenberg nicht nur auf ein international hoch anerkanntes wissenschaftliches Werk mit vielen internationalen Kooperationen schauen, sondern auch auf ein erfolgreiches, 16 jähriges Wirken als Editor-in-Chief unserer Fachzeitschrift Plant Biology. Er engagierte sich als Präsident für die Federation of European Societies of Plant Biology (FESPB) und für unsere Sektion Pflanzenphysiologie und Molekularbiologie in der DBG und für die Deutsche Botanik insgesamt.

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    24 Sep 2019

    Thanks to president Prof. Dr. Karl-Josef Dietz

    President Prof. Dr. Karl-Josef Dietz, Conference chair, Prof. Dr. Birgit Piechulla and DBG's General Secretary, Prof. Dr. Caroline Müller (von links). Photo: DBG

    In the name of the whole board, General Secretary Prof. Dr. Caroline Müller thanked our current president, Prof. Dr. Karl-Josef Dietz from Bielefeld University, for his successes and his cooperative form in leading our society through the last eight years. Dietz received another present from conference chair, Prof. Dr. Birgit Piechulla, who thanked Dietz for the fruitful and enjoyable collaboration in the preparation of this year's Botanikertagung, International Plant Science Conference.

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    23 Sep 2019

    New president-elect and new board member

    Prof. Dr. Andreas Meyer (left) and the new president-elect, Prof. Dr. Andreas Weber. Photos: private

    On 18th September, Prof. Dr. Andreas Weber from Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU); Germany, was elected unanimously in the General Assembly during the Botanikertagung to be DBG's new president. The current president, Prof. Dr. Karl-Josef Dietz from Bielefeld University, who holds this position for eight years now, did not stand for re-election. Weber, who could not make it to the Member Assembly, thanked Prof. Dietz for his outstanding work and his exemplary participatory leadership via Twitter. Weber, who will take over the office in January, is speaker of CEPLAS (Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences), director of Düsseldorf's Centre for Synthetic Biology and elected member in the Leopoldina German National Academy of Sciences (Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher).
    Prof. Dr. Andreas Meyer, chair for Chemical Signalling at INRES of Bonn University was also unanimously elected as new board member. He follows Prof Dr. Brigit Piechulla and will be chair of the next DBG’S International Plant Science Conference (Botanikertagung) in Germany, that will take place from 29th August until 2nd September 2021 in Bonn, Germany. All other members of the DBG board were reelected.

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    09 Sep 2019

    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

    Awards for four Exceptional Plant Scientists

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    09 Sep 2019

    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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    03 Sep 2019

    Basic research needs to be appreciated, extended and communicated

    DBG promotes the positions of the German Life Sciences Association VBIO on basic research in the life sciences that need to be appreciated, extended and communicated.

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    Grundlagenforschung braucht mehr Wertschätzung, eine wirksame und längerfristige Finanzierung und die strukturelle Absicherung der dort Beschäftigten. Auch die Wissenschaftskommunikation muss ausgebaut werden, fordert der Verband Biologie, Biowissenschaften und Biomedizin in Deutschland e.V. (VBIO) in seinem Positionspapier. Diese Positionen teilt die DBG, die im Dachverband der Biolog*innen Mitglied ist, und das Papier gemeinsam mit weiteren 12 wissenschaftlichen Fachgesellschaften gezeichnet hat.

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    25 Jul 2019

    For precision breeding and sustainable agriculture

    The German Society for Plant Sciences (Deutsche Botanische Gesellschaft, DBG) and its Section Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology (SPPMB) jointly reach out to the newly elected European Parliament and the European Commission to adjust the old EU legislation on genetically modified organisms (GMO), issued in 2001, to current scientific knowledge and international stands. Together with 115 other scientific organisations and institutes, they suggest using the potential of precision breeding techniques like Genome Editing to enable sustainable agriculture and food production in the EU.

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    05 Jul 2019

    43rd DBG Newsletter

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    Zwei neue Förder-Tools zum Netzwerken und Ideen-Austausch hat das Präsidium für Mitglieder entwickelt. Welche Wurzel-Gene vor Fäulnis schützen und welche deren Wachstum lenken, wie Blattformen entstehen, was den Blühzeitpunkt reguliert und wie Pflanzen Hilferufe modulieren sind Themen in den Forschungsnachrichten. Weitere Themen aus Wissenschaft und Politik sowie Tagungen und Termine runden den letzten Newsletter vor unserer Botanikertagung ab.

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    05 Jul 2019

    43rd DBG Newsletter

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    Zwei neue Förder-Tools zum Netzwerken und Ideen-Austausch hat das Präsidium für Mitglieder entwickelt. Welche Wurzel-Gene vor Fäulnis schützen und welche deren Wachstum lenken, wie Blattformen entstehen, was den Blühzeitpunkt reguliert und wie Pflanzen Hilferufe modulieren sind Themen in den Forschungsnachrichten. Weitere Themen aus Wissenschaft und Politik sowie Tagungen und Termine runden den letzten Newsletter vor unserer Botanikertagung ab.

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    04 Jul 2019

    50 Travel Grants for a Lab Visit

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    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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    04 Jul 2019

    DBG's Eduard Strasburger Workshop for Hot Topics

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    DBG invites members to submit proposals for a "hot topic" conference in the plant sciences. If you have a concept for a smaller conference about a relevant and burning plant science issue, please send it to DBG's Executive Board. Within the scope of our Eduard Strasburger Workshop DBG offers financial support for its organisation of up to 10,000 Euros.

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    DBG's Eduard Strasburger Workshop for Hot Topics

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    DBG invites members to submit proposals for a "hot topic" conference in the plant sciences. If you have a concept for a smaller conference about a relevant and burning plant science issue, please send it to DBG's Executive Board. Within the scope of our Eduard Strasburger Workshop DBG offers financial support for its organisation of up to 10,000 Euros.

    Important Criteria for a Successful Application are

    1. a topic with broad scientific or societal significance
    2. the topic that encompasses several plant science disciplines
    3. participation of early career scientists

    If either (1) or (2) of the criteria on one hand and (3) on the other hand are met, please send your proposal to DBG's General Secretary. You are welcome to send a preliminary inquiry on your issue to our General Secretary.

    Application and Procedure

    Application

    Applications for our Eduard Strasburger Workshop on a Hot Topic may be submitted to DBG's General Secretary at any time.

    Application Documents

    Please study our application and documentation form (pdf)

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    02 Jul 2019

    50 Travel Grants for a Lab Visit

    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 t 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). 

    Requirements

    • You must be a member of the DBG (membership applications are possible any time and also retroactively: become a member for two years)
    • PhD students and PostDocs within five years after graduation are entitled to apply
    • The visit lasts at least four workdays
    • A fixed sum of max. 80 Euros each day for travel costs and accommodation will be refunded up to the max. of 400 Euros in total
    • Applicants show the invitation of the lab that will be visited
    • Applicants confirm that they have no other sufficient funding source
    • Applicants will provide evidence of expenses with receipts after the visit
    • Applicants confirm that they will declare their travel expenses and DBG’s Travel Grant in their tax declaration (Multiple financial support is excluded)
    • After the lab visit DBG will publish the names of Travel Grant recipients together with the names of their home and the lab visited on its website.

    50 Travel Grants for a Lab Visit

    Image: 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).

    Requirements

    • You must be a member of the DBG (membership applications are possible any time and also retroactively: become a member for two years)
    • PhD students and PostDocs within five years after graduation are entitled to apply
    • The visit lasts at least four workdays
    • A fixed sum of max. 80 Euros each day for travel costs and accommodation will be refunded up to the max. of 400 Euros in total
    • Applicants show the invitation of the lab that will be visited
    • Applicants confirm that they have no other sufficient funding source
    • Applicants will provide evidence of expenses with receipts after the visit
    • Applicants confirm that they will declare their travel expenses and DBG’s Travel Grant in their tax declaration (Multiple financial support is excluded)
    • After the lab visit DBG will publish the names of Travel Grant recipients together with the names of their home and the lab visited on its website.

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    02 Jul 2019

    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. 

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    02 Jul 2019

    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. 

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    > payment of grants

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    01 Jun 2019

    Botanikertagung 2019: Early bird extended

    Early bird registration as well as abstract submission is still possible until Monday, 3rd June 2019, 8.00 a.m. for Botanikertagung (Rostock, Germany, 15 - 19 September 2019) is open now. Please note important dates about the international conference:

    • Abstract submission for posters are still invited until 15 July 2019
    • Sessions from many plant science disciplines: see invitation

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    17 May 2019

    42nd DBG Newsletter

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    Wie Kartoffelpflanzen trotz Hitze Knollen liefern können, wessen Mitochondrien auch ohne DNA funktionieren und wo Auxin das Wachstum hemmt steht in unseren Forschungsnachrichten. In der zweiten Rubrik stellen wir das einzige der neuen DFG-Schwerpunktprogramme mit pflanzenwissenschaftlichem Fokus vor, nennen das neu eingerichtete Graduiertenkolleg und berichten, wie Sie sich für die Grundlagenforschung engagieren können.
    Alle Mitglieder der DBG sind ganz herzlich zur Botanikertagung und zur dort stattfindenden Mitgliederversammlung im Herbst nach Rostock eingeladen. Die DBG hat die Frist zur Bewerbung für die Reisestipendien zur Teilnahme an der Botanikertagung um eine Woche verlängert (s.u.). Sie möchte außerdem an die Deadline zum Einreichen von Vortragsthemen und an die bald endende, günstige Early-Bird-Registrierung erinnern.
    In der DBG-Rubrik erfahren Sie, welche Autor*innen ab 1. Juli 2019 in unserer Zeitschrift Plant Biology ohne Gebühr Open Access publizieren können.

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    17 May 2019

    42nd DBG Newsletter

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    Wie Kartoffelpflanzen trotz Hitze Knollen liefern können, wessen Mitochondrien auch ohne DNA funktionieren und wo Auxin das Wachstum hemmt steht in unseren Forschungsnachrichten. In der zweiten Rubrik stellen wir das einzige der neuen DFG-Schwerpunktprogramme mit pflanzenwissenschaftlichem Fokus vor, nennen das neu eingerichtete Graduiertenkolleg und berichten, wie Sie sich für die Grundlagenforschung engagieren können.
    Alle Mitglieder der DBG sind ganz herzlich zur Botanikertagung und zur dort stattfindenden Mitgliederversammlung im Herbst nach Rostock eingeladen. Die DBG hat die Frist zur Bewerbung für die Reisestipendien zur Teilnahme an der Botanikertagung um eine Woche verlängert. Sie möchte außerdem an die Deadline zum Einreichen von Vortragsthemen und an die bald endende, günstige Early-Bird-Registrierung erinnern.
    In der DBG-Rubrik erfahren Sie, welche Autor*innen ab 1. Juli 2019 in unserer Zeitschrift Plant Biology ohne Gebühr Open Access publizieren können.

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    22 Mar 2019

    41st DBG Newsletter

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    In welcher Pflanze Chloroplasten miteinander konkurrieren, wo zelleigene Redakteure arbeiten und was eine neue molekulare Taschenlampe beleuchtet sind drei der Themen unserer Forschungsnachrichten. Wo PIs sich um 250.000 Euro Projektförderung bewerben oder wo Biodiversitäts-Projekte beantragt werden können, steht in unserer zweiten Forschungsrubrik.
    Die DBG ruft die nahende Deadline in Erinnerung, Nachwuchsforschende für den Strasburger-, Pfeffer- und Horst Wiehe-Preis zu nominieren. Zudem lädt die DBG ein, sich um die Förderung eines eigenen Workshops zu bewerben.
    Für die diesjährige Botanikertagung haben inzwischen mehrere Plenarredner*innen zugesagt und eine Leibniz-Preisträgerin wird den öffentlichen Abendvortrag der DBG-eigenen Tagung halten. Junge Teilnehmende können Reise-Grants beantragen.

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    22 Mar 2019

    41st DBG Newsletter

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    In welcher Pflanze Chloroplasten miteinander konkurrieren, wo zelleigene Redakteure arbeiten und was eine neue molekulare Taschenlampe beleuchtet sind drei der Themen unserer Forschungsnachrichten. Wo PIs sich um 250.000 Euro Projektförderung bewerben oder wo Biodiversitäts-Projekte beantragt werden können, steht in unserer zweiten Forschungsrubrik. 
    Die DBG ruft die nahende Deadline in Erinnerung, Nachwuchsforschende für den Strasburger-, Pfeffer- und Horst Wiehe-Preis zu nominieren. Zudem lädt die DBG ein, sich um die Förderung eines eigenen Workshops zu bewerben.
    Für die diesjährige Botanikertagung haben inzwischen mehrere Plenarredner*innen zugesagt und eine Leibniz-Preisträgerin wird den öffentlichen Abendvortrag der DBG-eigenen Tagung halten. Junge Teilnehmende, die Mitglied der DBG sind, können Reise-Grants beantragen.

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    26 Jan 2019

    40th DBG Newsletter

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    Die zwei Gesichter des Kambiums, eine Hypothese, die nach sieben Jahrzenten endlich belegt wurde, eine neue Gruppe von Abwehrstoffen und ein Nährstoff, der das Trockenstresshormon Abscisinsäure reguliert, sind Themen der Wissenschaftsnachrichten.

    Wen wir mit den Best-Paper-Preisen auszeichneten und welche Preise wir zur Stärkung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses neu ausschreiben, steht in der DBG-Rubrik. Ebenso informieren wir über die Öffnung der Registrierung zu unserer Botanikertagung und bieten dazu Reise-Stipendien an. Bitte beachten Sie auch den neuen Zugang zum Intranet.

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    26 Jan 2019

    Newsletter no 40

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    Die zwei Gesichter des Kambiums, eine Hypothese, die nach sieben Jahrzenten endlich belegt wurde, eine neue Gruppe von Abwehrstoffen und  ein Nährstoff, der das Trockenstresshormon Abscisinsäure reguliert, sind Themen der Wissenschaftsnachrichten.

    Wen wir mit den Best-Paper-Preisen auszeichneten und welche Preise wir zur Stärkung des wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchses neu ausschreiben, steht in der DBG-Rubrik. Ebenso informieren wir über die Öffnung der Registrierung zu unserer Botanikertagung und bieten dazu Reise-Stipendien an.

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