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Call for nominations of fellows for the assessment of invasive alien species

The IPBES Fellowship Programme targets early career experts who wish to gain experience by participating in the work of IPBES. Selected fellows can take part as authors in the chapter of the assessment they are selected for (see chapters...

Gemeinsamer Bericht zur Risikobewertung gentechnisch veränderter Pflanzen

Der Anbau von gentechnisch veränderten Pflanzen ist in der Schweiz aufgrund eines Moratoriums bis 2021 verboten. Einige gentechnisch veränderte Organismen (GVO) sind als Tierfutter und Lebensmittel bewilligt. Nach der letzten Bewilligung...
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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...