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  • "Molecular networks governing biomass productivity and seed yield”
    04 May 2016 02 00pm 03 30pm ABSTRACT Plant and plant organ growth are regulated by an exceedingly complex interplay of many genes and their interaction with the ever changing environment The long term goal of our research is to obtain a holistic understanding of plant organ growth Numerous genes of which the modified expression enhances plant organ growth have now been identified and a detailed study of these genes provided novel insights in the molecular machines driving growth Furthermore evidence obtained both in the model plant Arabidopsis and in maize demonstrated that the combination of multiple growth enhancing genes can have very profound effects on organ sizes Field experiments with transgenic maize also show that genes enhancing leaf growth have profound effects on seed yield Tremendous progress has also been made in understanding how environmental cues such as mild drought stress negatively affect plant growth In unpredictable environments growth reduction enables plants to redistribute and save resources ensuring reproduction even when the stress becomes extreme However when the episode of stress does not threaten plant survival and from the agricultural point of view growth reduction can be seen as counter productive leading to unnecessary yield loss Limiting growth reduction may thus provide a strategy to boost plant productivity under stress I will discuss how our insights open up new perspectives for the identification of optimal growth regulatory networks that can be selected by advanced breeding or for which more robust variants e g reduced susceptibility to drought can be obtained through genetic engineering The ability to improve growth of maize and in analogy other cereals could have a major impact in providing food security Location Jozef Schell seminar room Contact Prof Dirk Inzé Scientific Director Head of Department VIB Dept of Plant Systems Biology Ghent University Gent BELGIUM Back

    Original URL path: http://www.psb.vib-ugent.be/seminars/icalrepeat.detail/2016/05/04/186/-/molecular-networks-governing-biomass-productivity-and-seed-yield?filter_reset=1 (2016-04-26)
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    Send to Yahoo Calendar Save ical Preserve formatting in description only supported in some calendar applications Close Wednesday 18 May 2016 11 00am 12 30pm ABSTRACT Location Jozef Schell seminar room Contact Prof Reidunn Aalen Section for Genetics and Evolutionary Biology University of Oslo Oslo NORWAY Back PSB Missions The Department Infrastructure Core Facilities International Projects Publications News Seminars About PSB PSB Missions The Department Infrastructure Core Facilities International Projects

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  • The Department
    the Laboratory of General Genetics pioneered by Jeff Schell and Marc Van Montagu Read more The Department Agro Biotech Valley The Department of Plant Systems Biology and VIB as a whole have a long standing tradition of converting basic science into successful industrial entities Plant Genetic Systems now Bayer CropScience CropDesign now BASF Plant Science and Devgen now Syngenta Read more PSB Missions The Department Infrastructure Core Facilities International Projects

    Original URL path: http://www.psb.vib-ugent.be/the-department (2016-04-26)
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  • Infrastructure
    facilities Read more Computing The Department of Plant Systems Biology is supporting a large Bioinformatics research group The computing power needed to analyze the huge amount of genomic data is provided by a 14 compute nodes 482 compute cores Linux cluster with a total of 3300 GB memory Read more Imaging Robots The Department of Plant Systems Biology has several imaging systems and platforms to automatically measure and follow plant

    Original URL path: http://www.psb.vib-ugent.be/infrastructure (2016-04-26)
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  • Core Facilities
    sequence Using the Gateway format we have constructed over 200 versatile vectors for functional gene analysis in Arabidopsis plants and other species The plasmid accessions presented in these web pages comprise Gateway destination vectors entry clones and intermediary plasmids for transgene construction All plasmids are documented with a graphical map and the corresponding Vector NTI file You can order any of the plasmids online once registered Compound Screening Facility The application of small molecules to study a biological system is referred to as Chemical Biology Typically these molecules interfere with the function of target proteins and consequently lead to disruption of biological processes When these molecules are applied to cells or whole organisms the consequences of this perturbation can be studied at the molecular level As such these chemical probes allow researchers to unravel the role of cellular and molecular components in a complex biological network even inside living organisms Next to the application as chemical probes small molecules can also be used as starting points for the development of therapeutic agents to treat disease or in the field of plant sciences of plant protective substances Read more AP MS Platform Service We offer the plant research community and companies access to our protein complex purification platform Purifications under research service agreement are performed based on well established protocols for complex purification from either the Arabidopsis cell suspension cultures PSB D L or Col 0 seedlings We have recently been able to show that our complex purification technology performs equally well in crop species such as corn or rice Read more Bio Imaging The Transmission Electron Microscopy TEM facility located on the campus Ledeganck of the UGent is providing expertise in the use and application of transmission electron microscopy to serve biological or biomedical sciences The facility was established in

    Original URL path: http://www.psb.vib-ugent.be/core-facilities (2016-04-26)
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  • International Projects
    fossil fuel based energy consumption reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and new materials for human activities Contact This email address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it Chromatin in Plants European Training and Mobility The Research Training Network CHIP ET will focus on the study of protein complexes that modulate chromatin structure to activate RNA polymerase II mediated transcription Contact This email address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it Read more Genomics in Agricultural Pest Management GAP M The Genomics in Agricultural Pest Management GAP M group is an international consortium featuring researchers from Canada Spain Belgium France and USA led by The University of Western Ontario in Canada Contact This email address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it Read more Algal Microbiome Friends or Foes ALFF ALFF is specifically designed to train students in current research and developments in algal biotechnology and equip them with the specialist knowledge to face current and future challenges in this field within a multinational consortium Contact This email address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it Read more ProCoGen Promoting a functional and comparative understanding of the conifer genome implementing applied aspects for more productive and adapted forests ProCoGen Contact This email address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it Read more Elixir ELIXIR unites Europe s leading life science organisations in managing and safeguarding the massive amounts of data being generated every day by publicly funded research Contact This email address is being protected from spambots You need JavaScript enabled to view it Read more Elixir Excelerate ELIXIR EXCELERATE will facilitate the integration of Europe s bioinformatics resources supporting all sectors of life science R

    Original URL path: http://www.psb.vib-ugent.be/international-projects (2016-04-26)
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  • Publications
    Facilities International Projects Publications News Seminars Admin This option will not work correctly Unfortunately your browser does not support inline frames PSB Missions The Department Infrastructure Core Facilities International Projects Publications News Seminars About PSB PSB Missions The Department Infrastructure Core Facilities International Projects Publications News Seminars Research Groups Alain Goossens Lab Ann Depicker Lab Bruno Cammue Lab Daniel Van Damme Lab Dirk Inzé Lab Frank Van Breusegem Lab Geert

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  • News
    its kind composed of members interested in using plant based biotechnology for the production of high value proteins for human and animal health like vaccines and antibodies as well as industrial applications The Society has budded out of the previous large European COST actions on Molecular Farming and is now composed of members representing over 29 countries from the five continents You can find information about the conference here You can download the flyer here to spread the word International PSE Symposium Plant natural products have been used for decades as traditional remedies They continue to be a rich source of chemically active scaffolds in modern medicine and contribute substantially to general human well being Recently plant derived chemicals have been in the spotlight with the 2015 Nobel Prize in medicine being co awarded to Youyou Tu a pharmacologist at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing for developing the antimalarial drug artemisinin in the late 1970s Also 2015 saw a boom in microbial strains engineered for highly complex multi step pathways including the creation of yeasts that churn out controversial opioids from sugar In the wake of these exciting advances it is timely to discuss the most recent developments in the field through a meeting organized on behalf of the Phytochemical Society of Europe PSE Through the POBHH meeting the organizers wish to launch a platform to bring together European and International labs working on plant metabolites with nutraceutical and pharmaceutical properties that benefit human health The meeting aims to provide a forum to present the latest developments in the fields of functional genomics for plant metabolism metabolic engineering in plants synthetic biology for plant derived chemicals and challenges faced in plant omics and biotechnology We framed the scientific program into eight plenary sessions that highlight the

    Original URL path: http://www.psb.vib-ugent.be/news (2016-04-26)
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