Last preprint of 2018: Evolution of herbicide resistance

Multiple modes of convergent adaptation in the spread of glyphosate-resistant Amaranthus tuberculatus

Julia M. Kreiner, Darci Giacomini, Felix Bemm, Bridgit Waithaka, Julian Regalado, Christa Lanz, Julia Hildebrandt, Peter H. Sikkema, Patrick J. Tranel, Detlef Weigel, John R. Stinchcombe, Stephen I. Read the rest

In Genetics: over 1,000 spontaneous mutations

Fine-Grained Analysis of Spontaneous Mutation Spectrum and Frequency in Arabidopsis thaliana

Mao-Lun Weng, Claude Becker, Julia Hildebrandt, Matthew T. Rutter, Ruth G. Shaw, Detlef Weigel and Charles B. Fenster

Mutations are the ultimate source of all genetic variation.

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On bioRxiv: Balancing selection in Capsella

Long-term balancing selection drives evolution of immunity genes in Capsella

Daniel Koenig et al. bioRxiv

Genetic drift is expected to remove polymorphism from populations over long periods of time, with the rate of polymorphism loss being accelerated when species … Read the rest

Appeal to Federal Ministries of Research and Ag

German plant scientists: gene technology law is outdated

Leading German plant scientists agree that the gene technology law, which has been interpreted by the European Court of Justice to include genome edited organisms, is outdated and must be changed. They … Read the rest

Gentechnik im grünen Bereich?

Video from debate with Renate Künast

Debate about genome editing and gene technology on October 29, 2018, at DAI Heidelberg.

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It’s a (Wo)Man’s World?

Detlef speaking at event on #WomenInSTEM

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

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Successful 2-day microbiome retreat

Intense brainstorming with Vorholt and Kemen labs

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 Read the rest

EMBO Short Term Fellowship for Anita Bollmann

For studying the interactions of Sphingomonas and Pseudomonas

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”.

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Spiegel reports on debate with Renate Künast

Successful event in Heidelberg on October 29

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”

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Congratulations, Dr. Moises Exposito-Alonso!

‘Summa cum laude’ for thesis on climate change & evolution

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 … Read the rest