Felipe Felippes graduates magna cum laude

Felipe Felippes is the sixth student to graduate with a PhD this year.

He is also first author on the last paper of 2010 published by the department (out of 34 total!):

Comparative analysis of non-autonomous effects of tasiRNAs in … Read the rest

Marco Todesco receives dissertation prize

Dissertation prize of the Reinhold-und-Maria-Teufel-Stiftung

Marco Todesco received the dissertation prize of the Reinhold-und-Maria-Teufel-Stiftung today.… Read the rest

The next decade of genetics and genomics

Perspective by Detlef Weigel and nine other leading geneticists published in Nature Reviews Genetics

Ten years of genetics and genomics: what have we achieved and where are we heading?Read the rest

Inaugural paper published in PNAS

Global effects of the small RNA biogenesis machinery on the Arabidopsis thaliana transcriptome.

Laubinger, S., Zeller, S., Henz, S. R., Buechel, S., Sachsenberg, T., Wang, J.-W., Rätsch, G., and Weigel, D.

Global effects of the small RNA biogenesis machinery on Read the rest

Beautiful miR172 and AP2 in situs published in Development

On reconciling the interactions between APETALA2, miR172 and AGAMOUS with the ABC model of flower development.

Wollmann H, Mica E, Todesco M, Long JA, Weigel D.Development. 2010 Sep 28. [Epub ahead of print]… Read the rest

MiRNA target mimicry collection published

In a paper just out in PLoS Genetics, we report the generation of a large-scale collection of knockdowns for Arabidopsis thaliana miRNA families.

This has been achieved using artificial miRNA target mimics, a recently developed technique fashioned on an endogenous … Read the rest

Two papers on GWAS and fitness trade-off published in Nature

In collaboration with several groups from around the world, we have recently discovered a locus that underlies a major fitness trade-off between growth and disease resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana.

This work was published today in Nature. An allele at … Read the rest

Detlef Weigel elected to the Royal Society of London

Detlef Weigel is one of eight Foreign Members who have been elected to the Royal Society of London this year.

The Royal Society was founded in 1660 and is the oldest continuously existing scientific academy in the world. Among its … Read the rest

Collection of 80 sequenced accessions available from ABRC

A collection of 80 A. thaliana accessions sequenced as part of the 1001 Genomes Project is available from ABRC.

Each of the accessions is an inbred line that can be ordered as an individual line or as a set (… Read the rest

New paper: finding mutations in non-reference strains

Last year, we demonstrated that short-read sequencing is very useful to hunt down mutations causal for phenotypes in lines isolated from EMS mutant screens (Schneeberger et al., 2009).

However, this was for mutations induced in the Col-0 reference background, for … Read the rest