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Tri-National Arabidopsis Meeting (TNAM 2019): Call for abstracts and early-bird registration

Call for abstracts and early-bird registration for the 11th Tri-National Arabidopsis Meeting (TNAM 2019). TNAM regularly brings together plant scientists from Europe and beyond who are interested in all aspects of leading edge basic and...
Due to epigenetic variation, the selected Arabidopsis plants flower later – recognizable by the shorter flower stems compared to the original population. (Image: UZH)

Exploiting epigenetic variation for plant breeding

Epigenetic changes can bring about new traits without altering the sequence of genes. This may allow plants to respond quicker to changes in their environment. Plant biologists at the University of Zurich have now demonstrated that...

Michael Hothorn receives an ERC Consolidator Grant

The Swiss Plant Science Web congratulates its member Prof Michael Hothorn. He just received a 2018 ERC Consolidator Grant for his project INSPIRE, System-wide discovery and analysis of inositol LS1 pyrophosphate signaling networks in...

Neue gentechnische Verfahren: Bundesrat prüft Anpassung der rechtlichen Regelung

Nouvelles technologies génétiques: le Conseil fédéral examine une adaptation de la législation Der Bundesrat hat an seiner Sitzung vom 30. November 2018 die neusten Entwicklungen in der Biotechnologie behandelt, welche Änderungen des...
Buchenwald (Fagus sylvatica). Buchenwälder, gerade nicht bewirtschaftete, haben meist grosse Laubdächer und eine hohe strukturelle Heterogenität (vertikal und horizontal). © Springer Nature, Bild: Peter Manning

Forests offer more than timber – New tool identifies drivers of ecosystem service trade-offs

Most European forests are primarily used for timber production. In addition, woodlands offer spaces for recreation and they store carbon. It is not clear how forests can be managed for these multiple benefits. A new study under the...
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Include short-term perspective in UN Climate Change negotiations

Today the 24th UN Climate Change Conference begins in Katowice, Poland. Participants will discuss the practical implementation of the Paris Agreement, known as the “rulebook”. Climate experts argue that in order to avoid dangerous...
Surviving drought video

Surviving Drought - Trockenheit überleben - Survivre à la sécheresse

Tree physiologist Leonie Schönbeck studies how trees take up and store energy, and how they use their reserves to recover from drought. Portrait of a PhD project carried out by Leonie Schönbeck at WSL. She is a PhD candidate at the...

Les plantes jouent avec leur croissance dans leur course au soleil

Les plantes se livrent une compétition acharnée pour optimiser leur accès à la lumière. Lorsque la densité végétale est forte, plusieurs stratégies sont mises en place. Parmi elles, la réallocation des ressources qui permet à la plante de...
Flowers of Arabidopsis thaliana, the plant used as a model to study the effect of UV-B rays on the induction of flowering

A protein prevents plants from premature flowering

Researchers have discovered that UV-B rays, which are present in the sunlight, could influence the onset of flowering, but their action is repressed by a protein called RUP2. The induction of flowering is of major importance from an...

Climate Scenarios CH2018: the warming continues

Switzerland will become drier, hotter and less snowy, and will struggle with heavier rainfall in the future – these are the conclusions reached by climate researchers from MeteoSwiss and ETH Zurich. On November 13th, they presented the...