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participants UPSC symposiumUPSC postdoc symposium 2 - 3 June 2014

Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC) invited five promising young scientists on 72 applicants for a postdoc project symposium organised on 2nd and 3rd of June 2014. The aim of the symposium was to bring together postdoc candidates and UPSC group leaders to identify common research interests to develop a project together to apply for international post-doc fellowships (such as EMBO, Marie-Currie, Human Frontiers).   

During their two-day visit at UPSC, the selected candidates had the chance to present their PhD work in front of UPSC people. They also visited the institute, identified and discussed potential projects with different research groups. The candidates had the possibility to interact with people already working at UPSC during a post-doc lunch and barbecue at Nydalasjön. The prospective postdocs and group leaders are expected to submit a postdoc fellowship application in the fall.

The participants (from the left): Envel Kerdaffrec, GMI Vienna, Austria;  Sunita Kushwah, National Institute for Plant Genome Research (NIPGR), New Delhi, India; Simon Law, ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology at the University of Western Australia, Australia; Julia Wind, Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden; Lin Xu, ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology at the University of Western Australia, Australia.

Lignin bildConference Venue: Umeå Arts Campus
The Lignin 2014 conference is organised by UPSC and Bio4Energy. It aims to strengthen our knowledge on the various aspects of lignin biosynthesis and utilization, from the basic cell biology, molecular biology to pre-treatment of plant biomass and utilization of lignin. The conference is supported of the Formas-financed strong research environment BioImprove, the strategic research environment Bio4Energy, and the Swedish government.

Deadlines: 
Early registration and abstract submission: 12 June 2014
Late registration: 8 August

Conference webpage: www.lignin2014.se
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Contact: For questions regarding the scientific programme of the conference, please contact us at UPSC:
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Pioneering findings on the dual role of carbon dioxide in photosynthesis published in the latest issue of the scientific journal PNAS by Researchers at Umeå University.
It is well known that inorganic carbon in the form of CO2 (carbon dioxide) is reduced in a light driven process (photosynthesis) to organic compounds in the chloroplasts. Less known is the fact that inorganic carbon also affects the rate of the photosynthetic electron transport, as was published by the Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg and his collaborator in the late 50's (Warburg and Krippdahl 1958).
Their explanation for the stimulating effect was logical at that time since they proposed that CO2 was the source of oxygen that plants produce. Their idea was proven to be incorrect many years later and instead we now know that H2O (water) is the source of oxygen in the atmosphere. The observed stimulating effect by inorganic carbon on photosynthetic electron transport, also observed by others later, has ever since Warburgs publication continued to cause an inflammatory debate among researchers around the world up till these days as indicated by the hundreds of papers published.
Our results will now put an end to this debate.

Read more: The new role of carbon dioxide in photosynthesis! Warburg was wrong but right