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SNSF Advanced Researchers’ Day: Register now!

On 19 September 2018, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) will welcome advanced researchers from all over Switzerland to its headquarters in Bern. Registration is open now! ...
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Impact assessment of National Research Programmes (NRP)

The mission of National Research Programmes (NRPs) is to contribute to the solution of pressing problems of our age. An analysis of three NRPs now sheds light on the impact of the NRP funding scheme as a whole - in academia and, to a...

Open access to scientific works: Switzerland has the top spot

With 39% open access publications, Switzerland occupies the top spot for OA publishing. Globally, the share of research results published 'open access' is 30%. SourceSNSF News

Flora Helvetica – Guide d'excursions / Exkursionsführer

La nouvelle Flora Helvetica est arrivée !La nouvelle édition de la Flora Helvetica est maintenant disponible en librairie. Elle est publiée pour la première fois en trois versions par les éditions Haupt Die neue Flora Helvetica ist...
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Mixed cultures, not monotony

Biologically diverse plant communities are more productive and resistant than monocultures, says Christian Schöb. He calls for breeding pro­grammes that focus on polycultures. Prof. Chris­tian Schöb is a member of the Swiss Plant Science...

Tapping into a new reservoir of antibiotics

A team of ETH researchers led by Julia Vorholt and Jörn Piel have discovered new antibiotic substances in bacteria that colonise the leaf surfaces of a local wild plant. During a systematic search of the leaves of thale cress (Arabidopsis...
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Debatte auf SRF2: Ist das noch Gentechnik – oder darf das auf den Acker?

Gentechnik bei Pflanzen lässt sich heute teilweise kaum von konventioneller Züchtung unterscheiden. Forschende fordern, dass mit modernen Methoden veränderte Pflanzen nicht den Richtlinien für genetisch veränderte Organismen unterliegen....

Marcel van der Heijden – Appointed professor at University of Zurich

The Swiss Plant Science Web congratulates its member Dr. Marcel van der Heijden to his new appointment as a professor at the University of Zurich. Prof. Dr. Marcel van der Heijden, geb. 1970, wurde auf den 1. August 2018 zum...
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Optimum shade for cocoa

As chocolate becomes ever more popular, demand for cocoa keeps rising. For production to keep up, agricultural practices have to become more sustainable. ETH researchers tested what shade trees can contribute to solving this problem. ...
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Im Universum der getrockneten Pflanzen

Basel hat das älteste Herbarium der Welt – nun soll es nationales Kulturgut werden. Die Uni Basel sowie die Kantone Basel-Landschaft und Basel-Stadt haben beim Bund beantragt, dieses Herbarium auf die A-Liste der wichtigsten nationalen...