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Farewell to Chang and Silvio

Posted on September 28, 2015

We're saying goodbye to Chang and Silvio and wish them all the best for their personal and scientific future! read more

Chang moved over to the other side of the hill, and just started his own group at the Center for Plant Molecular Biology. Silvio follows Markus to Umeå and will continue his projects very far up North. 

Good luck!

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Award

Posted on September 28, 2015

Collaborative project on disease resistance gene diversity funded read more

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awarded $2.3M to the Two Blades Foundation (2Blades), a charitable organization that supports the development of durable disease resistance in crop plants and their deployment in agriculture. Jeff Dangl (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Brian Staskawicz (University of California, Berkeley), Jonathan Jones (Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, UK) and Detlef Weigel (Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology in Tübingen, Germany) will collaborate to discover the variability of immune system receptors of the nucleotide-binding, leucine-rich repeat (NLR) class. The enormous diversity of NLR proteins has made their genes difficult to study with conventional genome sequencing techniques. These hurdles have recently been overcome, and using a new highly accurate, fast, and cost-efficient technique developed in the Jones lab, the teams will reveal the diversity of NLR proteins within and across plant species.



Congratulations, Dr. Subhashini Muralidharan!

Posted on September 21, 2015

Subu successfully defended per PhD thesis today! read more

Its title: 'Causes and Consequences of Hybrid Incompatibilities in Arabidopsis thaliana'

Congratulations, Subu!


Mendel Medal of the Leopoldina

Posted on September 18, 2015

The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina bestows the Mendel Medal upon Detlef Weigel read more

The Leopoldina honors his outstanding achievements in the fields of developmental and evolutionary genetics. Weigel has received the Mendel Medal on September 18, 2015, at the ceremonial opening of the Leopoldina's Annual Assembly, which is also attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.The Mendel Medal commemorates Gregor Mendel (1822-1884), the founder of genetics. It was established on occasion of the 100th anniversary of the first public presentation of Mendel’s seminal findings in 1865. With this award, the Leopoldina honors pioneering achievements in the field of general and molecular genetics. Previous winners include the Nobel laureates Max Delbrück and Sydney Brenner, both pioneers of modern genetics, the evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr, and the microbiologist Regine Kahmann.

New Review on 3D Chromatin Packing

Posted on August 23, 2015

Chromatin in 3D: progress and prospects for plants read more

Liu, C. and Weigel, D. 

Methods that use high-throughput sequencing have begun to reveal features of the three-dimensional structure of genomes at a resolution that goes far beyond that of traditional microscopy. Integration of these methods with other molecular tools has advanced our knowledge of both global and local chromatin packing in plants, and has revealed how patterns of chromatin packing correlate with the genomic and epigenomic landscapes. This update reports recent progress made in this area in plants, and suggests new research directions.

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