Maria Eriksson has been awarded a 3-year-grant to strengthen her research career by carrying out strategic research at Department of Plant Sciences, Cambridge University and UPSC, Umeå University. The aim of this initiative is to create the best possible conditions for gifted female researchers to be able to fortify their careers.

Read more at http://www.vinnova.se/en/Activities/VINNMER/

Maria E. Eriksson - Circadian Clock Function and its Importance for the Regulation of Growth
In one of the latest issues of Science there is a News of the Week article about the new Science for Life Lab (SciLifeLab) in Stockholm. The whole article is full with information about the ground breaking DNA sequencing of the Spruce genome, a collaboration between UPSC and SciLifeLab. Science quotes Pär Ingvarsson of UPSC saying that “It´s one of the largest, most complicated genomes to be sequenced. We want to identify genes that control wood properties”.

Read more in Science vol 328; 14 May
The journal "The Scientist" publishes every year the results of a survey among postdoctoral researchers in Life science and - amazingly - UPSC is, in several categories, on the list for the third time.
The award 2010 will be given to Finnvid Prescher for his thesis “Seed orchards – Genetic considerations on function, management and seed procurement”.
The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research announces its decisions for distributing SEK 400 millions to strategic research in biosciences. Among the 4 prioritized areas, a research team led by Professor Stefan Jansson receive a grant in the field of "Parasite resistance in trees and crops".
UPSC have received 9 two-year post-doctoral fellowships from the Kempe Foundation as a continuation of the internationalization project initiated three years ago.
Take a good look at your Christmas tree - it has seven times more genetic material (DNA) than yourself! It is not known why but now, Swedish Scientists will sequence the Norway spruce genome.
Professor Birger Lindberg Møller, Copenhagen University, is a prominent plant scientist who is well known to the scientists of Umeå Plant Science Centre. 
The French minister of research and universities, Valérie Pécresse, visited UPSC on the 16th of october, to discuss with french scientists, after she attended the informal meeting of the Competitiveness Ministers that was held in Umeå on 14-16 October.
The Swedish Research Council Formas has chosen a UPSC-lead research consortium as one of the seven new "Strong Research Environments". The consortium, which consists of 11 scientists from Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, will share 25 miljon SEK during the five years' period 2010-2014. The project is called "Bioimprove-Improved biomass and bioprocessing properties of wood", and it is lead by Hannele Tuominen.