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9th International Conference on Functional-Structural Plant Models (FSPM2020)

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The 9th International Conference on Functional-Structural Plant Models (FSPM2020), will take place in Hannover, Germany, October 5-9, 2020. FSPM2020 aims to gather scientists working in the multi-disciplinary field of plant modelling and its applications. FSPM2020 will target methodological innovations for modelling of 3D-structures at various organization levels of plants, simulation of plant-microclimate interactions, and novel applications in functional-structural plant modelling, centered on questions in plant science, agriculture, horticulture, forestry and ecology.

FSPM2020 will focus on the following themes

  • Functional-structural plant modelling

  • Crop physiology x architecture in a changing world

  • Model-assisted plant phenotyping

  • Cross-talk from cell to ecosystem

  • Plant-to-plant interactions

  • Modelling organ development

  • Theoretical aspects of plant modelling

  • Links to crop modelling and decision support

  • Model parameterization and evaluation

  • LiDar-based canopy reconstruction

  • New software and latest applications

  • Teaching FSPM

  • Outreach of FSPM community

11th SPPS PhD Student Conference 2020

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The 11th Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society PhD Student Conference will be held in Turku, Finland. Join SPPS on the 2nd – 4th of September 2020 for a meeting in the beautiful Ruissalo island to talk science, network and enjoy the stunning nature.

With the theme, “From Basics to Bioeconomy”, SPPS aims to cover a broad range of topics from basic plant science to their applications in a more sustainable economy and bring together young scientists from the Nordic countries with the upcoming top names in the field.

New research reveals antifungal symbiotic peptide in legume

By | Agriculture, News, Plant Health, Plant Science

Findings pave the way for developing environmentally friendly fungicides. Fungal diseases cause substantial losses of agricultural harvests each year. The fungus Botrytis cinerea causing gray mold disease is a major problem for farmers growing strawberries, grapes, raspberries, tomatoes and lettuce. To mitigate the problem, they often resort to applying chemical fungicides which can lose their effectiveness over time.

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CRISPR enables one-step hybrid seed production in crops

By | News, Plant Science, Research

Crop hybrid technologies have contributed to the significant yield improvement worldwide in the past decades. However, designing and maintaining a hybrid production line has always been complex and laborious. Now, researchers have developed a new system combining CRISPR-mediated genome editing with other approaches that could produce better seeds compared with conventional hybrid methods and shorten the production timeline by 5 to 10 years.

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Plant tissue engineering improves drought and salinity tolerance

By | Agriculture, News, Plant Science

After several years of experimentation, scientists have engineered thale cress, or Arabidopsis thaliana, to behave like a succulent, improving water-use efficiency, salinity tolerance and reducing the effects of drought. The tissue succulence engineering method devised for this small flowering plant can be used in other plants to improve drought and salinity tolerance with the goal of moving this approach into food and bioenergy crops.

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Wounded plants: how they coordinate their healing

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When we cut our fingers, blood rushes out of the wound to close it. However, the vegetable, we just wanted to slice and dice, would have reacted utterly different to this injury. Now scientists investigated how plant cells heal wounds. In their results the researchers discovered that the hormone Auxin and pressure changes are crucial to regeneration.

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