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It's a (Wo)Man's World?

Posted on November 15, 2018

Detlef speaking at event on #WomenInSTEM read more

Public discussion on chances and opportunities for women in STEM professions. With Prof. Katharina Foerster, Dr. Brigit Buschmann, Prof. Corinna Salander and Detlef

November 28, 7 pm, Frauenprojektehaus Tübingen

Successful 2-day microbiome retreat

Posted on November 09, 2018

Intense brainstorming with Vorholt and Kemen labs read more

On November 6 and 7, we spent two days at Kloster Kirchberg to discuss the past, present and future of plant microbiome studies with the labs of Julia Vorholt at ETH and Eric Kemen at University of Tübingen. We generated lots of new ideas, and we are all looking forward to the next installment!

EMBO Short Term Fellowship for Anita Bollmann

Posted on November 06, 2018

For studying the interactions of Sphingomonas and Pseudomonas read more

Anita Bollmann from the John Innes Centre received an EMBO Short Term Fellowship for her project "Studying plant-associated interactions of Pseudomonas and Sphingomonas in the A.thaliana phyllosphere".

Spiegel reports on debate with Renate Künast

Posted on November 01, 2018

Successful event in Heidelberg on October 29 read more

Reporter criticizes Renate Künast for not addressing genetic modification, but mostly discussing other topics of agricultural relevance. Summary: A win for science based on points.

"Frau Künast meets the enemy"

(C) Filip Fehrmann

Congratulations, Dr. Moises Exposito-Alonso!

Posted on October 31, 2018

'Summa cum laude' for thesis on climate change & evolution read more

Moi defended his thesis on climate change and genetic evolution in Arabidopsis thaliana yesterday. For his effort, he was awarded a 'summa cum laude' -- with distinction. The examiners agreed that the work 'advances our knowledge on how and whether different populations of a species will genetically adapt to the changing climate.'

The thesis touches on many important topics from polygenic adaptation to climate change, to the potential of new mutations contributing to rapid adaptation in colonizing populations, and machine learning methods that combine field experiments, genetic and climate data to predict which populations can adapt to climate change and which ones are most at risk from climate change.

Congratulations, Dr. Effie Symeonidi!

Posted on October 29, 2018

Another PhD thesis graduate of WeigelWorld read more

Effie defended her thesis 'Studying salicylic acid function in natural accessions of Arabidopsis thaliana using CRISPR/Cas technology'. She applied CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing of the same gene (ICS1) to multiple accessions, developed with Julian Regalado a versatile amplicon pipeline for rapid detection of genome edits ('CRISPR-finder'), and ascertained that off-target mutations are very rare.

Congratulations, Effie!



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