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To protect stem cells, plants have diverse genetic backup plans

Despite evolution driving a wide variety of differences, many plants function the same way. Now a new study has revealed the different genetic strategies various flowering plant species use to achieve the same status quo.

Scientists crack the code to regenerate plant tissues

Plant regeneration can occur via formation of a mass of pluripotent cells. The process of acquisition of pluripotency involves silencing of genes to remove original tissue memory and priming for activation by external input. Led by Professor Sachihiro Matsunaga from Tokyo University of Science, a team of scientists have shown that plant regenerative capacity requires a certain demethylase that can prime gene expression in response to regenerative cues.


Integrative biology: From molecules to ecosystems in extreme environments

Santiago - Chile

Integrative Systems and Synthetic Biology endeavors are most effective when there is a template available. Chile contains some of the most extreme conditions of all inhabited countries on the planet. From Patagonia in the extreme south, to the 20-degree range in temperatures for marine life on the coasts, to the plant life in the highest elevation desert there are species that have adapted and evolved to survive under diverse and extreme conditions. Using them as templates can highlight changes in pathways from energy and oxygen metabolism to lipid synthesis, DNA damage repair, and cellular mechanical stability. Likewise, from isolated human populations at the top of the Andes to miners at the base and fisherman on the coast there is an enormous diversity in responses to hypoxia conditions, temperature, and diet. The goal of this EMBO Workshop is to fuse Chilean expertise on biodiversity and local extremophiles with European expertise in metabolic and damage-response pathways, high-throughput sequencing, proteomic and bioinformatics, and biotechnology platforms to develop a set of blueprints for systems adaptations in changing climates and ecosystems. The knowledge gained from studying these extremophiles and diversity should lead to the engineering of better agro- and aqua-culture species that can survive climate changes, optimizing microorganisms to produce new synthetic polymers based on how they resist the elements and/or degrade manufacturing byproducts, and developing better mechanisms for treating hypoxia and damage from other environmental stresses.

Phyllosphere Diseases Conference

Figline Valdarno - Florence - Italy

Joint meeting of the IUFRO Working Party 'Shoot, foliage and stem diseases' and 'Vascular wilt diseases', respectively WP 7.02.02 and WP7.02.03.
This event will take place in Figline Valdarno - a village 20 km south of Florence (Firenze). The village is located along the Arno valley in between the hills of Chianti, one of the most famous wine production areas, and Pratomagno, a mountain range where the first Italian forest science school was born more than 150 years ago. The location is also close to the towns of Siena and Arezzo, both very famous for their artistic and historical heritages.