SPPS Newsletter March 2013

Index of Issue I 2013

The SPPS Congress is very easy to reach from Copenhagen. Graphic by Tom Hamborg Nielsen

You can now register for the next Congress of the SPPS, which will be held this summer 11-15 August 2013 at LO-skolen in Elsinore, Denmark. The online registration is already open both for abstract submission and for participation in the meeting. Please visit the conference web site at www.spps2013.org. The deadlines are 1 May for Abstract submission and 1 June for early registration.

The congress program
The congress program includes sessions that cover a broad range of areas within plant biology. Our aim is that there will be something of interest for everybody. In the table below you can see the program “at a glance” or you can find more details at the conference web site.

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Don’t miss the many benefits of a SPPS membership. Graphic by Gorm Palmgren.

If you haven’t already renewed your SPPS membership for 2013, please do that right now through a safe connection on our homepage. In case you don’t pay, your membership will unfortunately be put on hold, and you will no longer have access to all the SPPS membership benefits, including:

  • Free SPPS newsletter four times a year
  • Free online access to Physiologia Plantarum, also to the archives (starting from Vol. 1, 1948)
  • Discounts on registration fees to SPPS and FESPB Congresses
  • Possibilities of obtaining travel grants
  • An electronic membership directory
  • 25% reduction on most books from Wiley

The annual membership fee is still only 30 € and you get 50% discount as a student and 33% off if you pay for 5 years.

SPPS and Wiley extends sixty years of partnership. From spps.fi and eu.wiley.com

The Scandinavian Plant Physiology Society and John Wiley & Sons, Inc., has renewed its relationship, a partnership which has endured over sixty years of publishing. The renewal, agreed in December, will see Physiologia Plantarum continue to publish with Wiley. The partnership began in 1948 when the society, known then as the Nordisk Förening för Fysiologisk Botanik, began collaborating with Munksgaard, later a division of Wiley.

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SPPS members can now get 25% discount on books from Wiley.com. Montage by Gorm Palmgren

As a member of SPPS you are now entitled to a 25% discount on virtually all print books available from our publishing partner, Wiley. To learn more and start saving, get the promotional code from our website or ask for additional information from the SPPS office at spps@helsinki.fi.

Browse all subjects and imprints on Wiley.com, and when you’re ready to check out, simply enter the promotional code in the promotion box to receive your discount.

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The third international Plant Vascular Biology Conference takes place in Helsinki. From pvb2013.org

You are cordially invited to the Third International Conference on Plant Vascular Biology on 26-30 July 2013, in the city of Helsinki, Finland. The development of vascular tissues was a crucial evolutionary innovation, enabling plants to colonize land and diversify into the multiplicity of forms around us. The PVB 2013 meeting will assemble over 200 scientists, who will share and discuss their latest findings, develop collaborations and identify new directions of research. The meeting will serve as a valuable forum to create bridges between basic research and applied biology.

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The EPSO Conference takes place at Peloponnese in Greece. From www.epsoweb.org

Under the theme “Plants for a Greening Economy”, EPSO invites you to their 7th Conference with an interesting and thought provoking programme that will bring together researchers from all areas of plant science. The conference takes place at the Bay of Porto Heli, a seaside town on the eastern side of Peloponnese. Porto Heli is reachable by land (2.5 hours drive from Athens) or by sea (2.5 hours by catamaran). We are open for online registration and the deadline for early registration is is 30 April. The deadline for abstract submission is 1 June or 30 June for oral or poster presentations, respectively. Please also note that SPPS travel grants are available – check out at the SPPS homepage to see if you qualify.

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Check out if you qualify for a travel grant to this summer’s most exciting congresses. From www.tebu-bio.com

PhD students and post doctoral researchers (up to three years from the PhD defence) can apply for a travel grant to the SPPS Congress 2013 and the PVB2013 congress which is supported by SPPS. The application deadline is 15 April for the PVB2013 congress and 20 May for the SPPS Congress. Please keep in mind that you must have been a member of SPPS in 2012 in order to qualify.

You can find more information about the SPPS travel grants at the Member section of our homepage.

Roundup Ready crops are grown worldwide on huge areas. From www.patentdocs.org

Since Monsanto first introduced Roundup Ready soybean to the commercial market in 1996, the trait is now marketed in 5 more crops: alfalfa, canola, corn, cotton and sugarbeets. If determined solely on the basis of acreage, the succes has been overwhelming. Already in 2002, Roundup Ready crops were grown world-wide on about 500.000 km2 – an area larger than Sweden. Since then fields planted with genetically modified crops has grown to 1.5 mio km2 in 2010, and most of these are resistant to Monsanto’s propriety herbicide Roundup, so the farmer can spray the entire crop with the herbicide, killing only the weeds and leaving the crop alive.

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The nodule forming legume plant Lotus japonicus is a key player at Plant Molecular Biology at Aarhus University. From mbg.au.dk

More than five years ago we wrote about CARB (Centre for Carbohydrate Recognition and Signalling), a centre of excellence based at University of Aarhus. CARB is still going strong with a total budget of 90 million DKK (12 million €) running till 2017. The centres aim is to understand how polysaccharides exposed on cell surfaces and secreted polysaccharide signal molecules are used in the interaction between cells and organisms. With more than 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals since 2008, CARB is indeed a centre of excellence, but its Head, professor Jens Stougaard, has more to give. He is also heading the Plant Molecular Biology group which is located at Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, at Aarhus University

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Ultraviolet-B radiation is harmful to plants and lowers the yield, but it might be even more harmful to herbivory insects. This seems to have the surprising consequence, that UV-B radiation will reduce yield in conventional farming, where herbivors are controlled by pesticides, whereas it can acutally improve yield in organic farming, where the crop is more prone to attack by insects. Carlos Mazza and colleagues from Universidad de Buenos Aires in Argentina grew soy bean under different management practices while covered with film that either let UV-B radiation through or protected the crop from it. The results showed that UV-B radiation actually improved soy bean yield under organic management practice, while the opposite – as expected – was true for the conventionally grown crop. It is unclear how future trends in UV-B radiation will be affected by climate change and changes in land use practices, but the authors suggest that their results should be considered when farmers select agronomic practices.

Read full article here: Mazza et al (March 2012) Physiologia Plantarum 147: 307