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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.

How three genes rule plant symbioses

By | Agriculture, News, Plant Science

For billions of years life on Earth was restricted to aquatic environments, the oceans, seas, rivers and lakes.

Then 450 million years ago the first plants colonised land, evolving in the process multiple types of beneficial relationships with microbes in the soil.

These relationships, known as symbioses, allow plants to access additional nutrients. The most intimate among them are intracellular symbioses that result in the accommodation of microbes inside plant cells. A study recently published describes the discovery of a common genetic basis for intracellular symbioses.

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Keeping life in balance: Sulfotransferase couples shade avoidance and defense responses in Arabidopsis

By | Blog, ECRi, Plant Health, Plant Science

How do plants sense their environment? How do they cope with different challenges, like competition for resources or pest attacks? In a new study researchers explain the role of ST2a, a gene up-regulated by plant proximity cues, which participates in the inactivation of jasmonates –a group of regulators that orchestrate defense responses. This way they manage to demonstrate how competition signals promote plant growth at the expense of reduced defenses.

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Space lettuce – successful cultivation of a salad crop

By | News, Plant Science

Astronauts in space generally live on processed, pre-packaged space rations such as fruits, nuts, chocolate, shrimp cocktails, peanut butter, chicken, and beef to name a few. These have often been sterilized by heating, freeze drying, or irradiation to make them last and key a challenge for the US Space Agency NASA has been to figure out how to grow safe, fresh food onboard.

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Tropical trees are living time capsules of human history

By | Forestry, Global Collaborations, News, Plant Science

Tropical forest trees are the centerpiece of debates on conservation, climate change and carbon sequestration today. While their ecological importance has never been doubted, what has often been ignored is their ability to store cultural heritage. Using recent advances in scientific methods and a better understanding of the growth of these trees, researchers can now uncover, in detail, the growing conditions, including human management, that have occurred around these ancient giants over their centuries-long life span.

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