On the 7th of October 2014 the Third Dutch Seed Symposium will be held in Wageningen. The agenda for this day is promising. If you really want to know what’s going on in seed research, or if you want to meet other people who work on the same subjects as you do: come and visit the 3rd Dutch Seed Symposium!
The Second Dutch Seed Symposium, in 2013, has been visited by more than 75 professionals in seed business and seed research.
Participation is open for members and non members of Plantum, but you have to register yourself before 26th of September. For participating an entrance fee of €100,- p.p., including lunch and drinks afterwards, will be charged with a maximum of €500,- per company for 5 or more participants of one company
Physiological and biochemical responses of Ricinus communis seedlings to different temperatures: a metabolomics approach
Paulo Roberto Ribeiro, Luzimar Gonzaga Fernandez, Renato Delmondez de Castro, Wilco Ligterink and Henk W M Hilhorst.
Compared with major crops, growth and development of Ricinus communis is still poorly understood. A better understanding of the biochemical and physiological aspects of germination and seedling growth is crucial for the breeding of high yielding varieties adapted to various growing environments. In this context, we analysed the effect of temperature on growth of young R. communis seedlings and we measured primary and secondary metabolites in roots and cotyledons. Three genotypes, recommended to small family farms as cash crop, were used in this study.
UPCOMING THEMATIC ISSUE Seed Science Research (SSR) will publish a thematic issue on seed dormancy, one of the most widely studied seed traits, in order to present to the readership a cross-section of ongoing research in this field. The Guest Editor Dr Leónie Bentsink (Wageningen University, The Netherlands) will invite authorities in the field to make a contribution on all aspects of seed dormancy, from genes to the environment, and in any preferred format, including reviews, short updates, original research articles and opinion papers. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displaySpecialArticle?jid=SSR&bespokeId=8016
Wilco Ligterink's insight:
WSL member Dr Leónie Bentsink will be Guest Editor for an upcoming thematic issue fo Seed Science Research on seed dormancy
In November 2014 the second call of the ZonMw Enabling Technologies programme will be opened. If you are interested in doing high-througput germination assays, you can write a project of max 30 k€. Also many other technologies will be available within this programme.
For those that missed the PhD defence of Hanzie He, but would still be interested to have a look (or for those who were present, but want to have another look): you can find the recordings of this event via this link
Tomorrow at 13.30 in the Aula in Wageningen Julio Maia will defend his PhD thesis. If you cannot come to Wageningen, but still want to see the defence you can have a look at the live-broadcasting via this link.
Warmer winter temperatures can interfere with the development of a flower in a tulip bulb. Fortunately, researchers at Wageningen UR are ahead of this problem. They identified the genes responsible for the development of flowers.
Wilco Ligterink's insight:
A nice movie about some of the research of the chair of Physiology of Flower Bulbs which is affiliated to WSL