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Horizon Europe – Research funding program launched

Horizon Europe (2021-2027) is the 9th European Union Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is the biggest and most ambitious programme of its kind ever. Its goal is to keep the EU at the forefront of global research and…
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Alpine root diversity image - wins scientific image competition award

Patrick Möhl (University of Basel) receives a 2021 Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Jury Distinction Award for his image "Alpine root diversity" in the category "Object of study".  Patrick Möhl is currently engaged in a PhD in plant…
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SNSF and Innosuisse online information events

Seeking financial support for your research? In October and November 2021, the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and Innosuisse will hold three online information events for researchers. Do you wish to pursue a career in research or…
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An evergreen mind and a heart for the colors of fall

With the finest biochemical and molecular approaches, convincing explorative strategies, and long-term vision, Stefan Hörtensteiner succeeded in elucidating the biochemical pathway responsible for chlorophyll degradation. After having…
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Language extinction triggers loss of unique medicinal knowledge

Indigenous and local people pass on their knowledge of medicinal plants orally. If their language goes extinct, valuable medical knowledge will be lost. A study by the University of Zurich estimates that 75 percent of the world’s medicinal…
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Investigating drought damage from the air

Researchers are hovering high above Europe’s most biodiverse forest laboratory to investigate how trees are coping with climate change and increasing aridity. Their results can help foresters to promote drought-resistant species. The…
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Increased yield in mixed cultures

What holds true for meadows would seem to apply to arable land, too: mixed cultures are more fruitful than monocultures. This was the outcome of an ETH Zurich research project led by Christian Schöb. A team led by ETH Zurich Professor…
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Unlocking the power of the microbiome

Not only animals and humans host a complex community of microorganisms – plants do this as well. Researchers at ETH Zurich just published two new studies that shed light on fundamental aspects of these close – and often overlooked –…
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GVO-Anbau: Bundesrat verabschiedet Botschaft zur Verlängerung des Moratoriums

Am 30. Juni 2021 hat der Bundesrat die Botschaft zuhanden des Parlaments über eine Verlängerung des Moratoriums für den Anbau gentechnisch veränderter Organismen (GVO) in der Landwirtschaft um vier Jahre verabschiedet. Das Moratorium…
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Die Natur optimieren

Mit molekulargenetischen Methoden lassen sich heute zukunftsfähige Nutzpflanzen züchten. Forschende fordern, das Risiko von neuen Pflanzensorten nicht aufgrund der Züchtungsmethode, sondern anhand ihrer Eigenschaften zu beurteilen und sich…