vr 2012 3From top. Stephanie Robert, Åsa Strand, Christiane Funk, Rishikesh Bhalerao, Stefan Jansson and Johannes Messinger.4+2 UPSC researchers were granted funding from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) this year.
Stephanie Robert was assigned a Young Researcher Grant of 4,2 million SEK, Åsa Strand received 4,55 million SEK, Rishi Bhalerao 2,6 million SEK and Stefan Jansson 5 milllon SEK.

Associate UPSC-PIs Christiane Funk and Johannes Messinger will get funding for "Energy related basic research", financed by Energimyndigheten but evaluated by the Swedish Research Council "
Stefan JanssonUPSC scientist Stefan Jansson is reporting in Radion Sweden's popular science programme "Klotet" about the field experiment with gene modified aspen in Southern Sweden. Follow the programme on Wednesday, 10 Oct at 13.20, Thursday 11 Oct 19.03 and Friday 12 Oct at 1.02 (picture by Johan Bergendorff/Radio Sweden).

Web page on Radio Sweden (in Swedish)

Rishi Karin StephanieMarkus Grebe 2Markus Grebe and co-applicants Karin Ljung, Rishikesh Bhalerao, Stéphanie Robert from UPSC together with Magnus Berggren (Linköping University) and Henrik Jönsson (Lund University) have been granted 31.3 Million SEK from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundaton for their proposed project "ShapeSystems - Systemsbiology of Plant Cell Shape". With this financial support the plant scientists will study the mechanisms that regulate how cells find their shape, important for the understanding of plant growth, development and biomass production. This project is one of 25 projects in Sweden funded by the foundation within this call.

playPress release of the Wallenberg foundation
playPress release of Umeå University (in Swedish)
playPress release of SLU (in Swedish)

Picture: Markus Grebe (left), Karin Ljung, Rishikesh Bhalerao, and Stéphanie Robert (from left on the right picture). Photographer: Kjell Olofsson, UPSC

Gran20 September 2012, 10-17.10, Lilla hörsalen KB3A9, KBC

The events are organised by the KBC Proteomics Platform in collaboration with the International Plant Proteomics Organization INPPO and Plant Link

Read more and download programme/abstract at KBC website
Markus Grebe and Stefano PietraDuring the first European "Fascination of Plants Day" 2012 that occured at 18th of May, UPSC researcher Markus Grebe was interviewed by the journal of Cell biology.
Markus Grebe studies the establishment and maintenance of cell and tissue polarity in plants

The full interview can be read here
More information on Grebes research
Swedish Fascination of Plants Day website

Bolting beets in a field of cultivated beets can seriously impair overall yield: Picture: Pierre Pin Copyright: Umeå Plant Science CentreBolting beets in a field of cultivated beets can seriously impair overall yield. Picture: Pierre Pin. Copyright: Umeå Plant Science CentreGerman and Swedish research groups at Kiel University and Umeå Plant Science Centre have identified the long-sought bolting gene B in the sugar beet crop. The gene called BvBTC1 determines if and when a beet plant will flower. Early flowering has the undesired effect of terminating the root growth of the beet which can limit the sugar beet yields worldwide. The new findings allow seed producers to improve cultivation efficiency by minimising yield reducing seed contamination's and help breeders to develop novel cultivars with larger beets. These results from more than five years of intensive cooperation with the industrial research partners Syngenta, Strube, SESVanderHave and KWS were published online [this week] in the journal Current Biology.
FVD logo LEVälkommen till Fascinerande växters dag
18 maj, kl.14-18 Öppet hus på KBC och HUMlab!
Open House on May 18, 14-18 at KBC and HUMlab!

Scientists from Umeå Plant Science Centre, Departments of Ecology and Environmental Science and Chemistry invite you to an exciting day with experiments and tours through laboratories and on campus. Visit HUMlab and test some digital platforms which have plants as a theme.

pdfFlyer (in Swedish)
Web page European Fascination of Plants Day (www.plantday12.eu)
Web page Fascinerande växters dag (www.fascinerandevaxtersdag.se)
20120412 Visit of Jean-Pierre Lacroix french ambassador lrThe French ambassador in Sweden, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, visited UPSC on the 12th of april, to discuss with French UPSC scientists, scholars and students of Umeå University after meetings with Birgitta Heijer, governor of the Västerbotten region, as well as other representatives from Umeå University, the municipality of Umeå and the organizing committee of UMEÅ2014 European capital of culture.

Read more at the French Embassy homepage

1670385 520 292Professor Stefan Jansson at UPSC is discussing the use of Gene modified crops and the recent Swedish development of a barley variant that assimilates nitrogen more efficiently compared to wild type in a radio program at Swedish Radio (SR).

Listen online (in Swedish)
Read press release (in Swedish)
94480 maria-ahnlund 11020564c02cThe Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, the largest private financier of research in Sweden, announced their decision on funding of infrastructures in Sweden. In total the foundation assigned 353 million SEK of which 220 million SEK will fund infrastructures within life sciences and medicine. A major part will go to KBC and its technical platforms for Metabolomics and NMR.

Metabolomics platform at UPSC
NMR platform at KBC
Press release from the Knut and Alice Wallenbergs Foundadtion (in Swedish)
Press release from Umeå University (in Swedish)