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Results: 1 - 20 of 26
  • 6 Dec 2018
    The hairs (trichomes) on a tomato plant, made visible with a scanning electron microscope .
    UvA biologists discover important regulator of tomato hairs

    Tomato plants protect themselves against herbivorous insects with the help of tiny hairs. A team of biologists from the University of Amsterdam (UvA), supervised by dr. Rob Schuurink, in collaboration with Rijk ...

  • 19 Nov 2018
    Bananenplant met ziekte
    Biologists find potential Achilles heel of infamous banana fungus

    Banana farming is threatened worldwide by the dreaded Fusarium wilt disease. The disease results from a fungus that causes banana plants to wither and die. A study led by professor Martijn Rep of the University of ...

  • 26 Sep 2018
    Physics2Market grant for promising research to improve cold-stress tolerance of plants

    UvA researchers have found a way to improve the plant's resilience to low temperature stress. The first results are promising and the agricultural sector has already expressed its interest. For the further ...

  • 27 Mar 2018
    Differences in DNA modifications are sufficient for hybrid vigour
    Differences in DNA modifications are sufficient for hybrid vigour

    It was thought for a long time that hybrid vigour - the phenomenon that the offspring of two different parents perform better for a given trait than the parents - is only the result of genetic differences between ...

  • 5 Dec 2017
    Collaboration agreement IBED & Municipality of Amsterdam
    IBED, Amsterdam Green Campus and municipality of Amsterdam sign collaboration agreement

    The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, Amsterdam Green Campus and the municipality of Amsterdam signed a collaboration agreement. The agreement confirms the shared intention to develop new knowledge ...

  • 11 Sep 2017
    Funding for high tech potato cultivation

    A programme for potato cultivation, in which the group of UvA-SILS researcher Timo Breit participates, has been awarded a funding of 1.5 million euros by OPZuid and the Province Zeeland. The funding is meant for the ...

  • 17 Aug 2017
    Maize transcriptional enhancers
    Predicting transcriptional enhancers in the maize genome

    An international team of moleculair biologists and bio-informatics scientists succeeded in the genome wide identification of transcriptional enhancers in the maize genome. With this study, an important step is taken ...

  • 18 Jul 2017
    Teun Munnik
    ECHO grant for heat and salt stress in plants

    Researcher Teun Munnik (Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences) receives an NWO ECHO Grant for his research into proteins involved in heat- and osmotic stress signalling in plants.

  • 30 Jun 2017
    Flowers actively communicate with environment

    An international team of researchers, which includes Robert Schuurink from the University of Amsterdam, has discovered that flowers actively transfer molecules in the air to attract pollinators like bees and moths.

  • 21 Jun 2017
    Fusarium wilt disease in tomato plants
    Phytohormones form species-distinct defence

    Dr Frank Takken and Dr Di Xiaotang from the Molecular Plant Pathology group recently published in the homonymously named journal on the roles of phytohormones in plant defence upon pathogen attack. They show that the ...

  • 20 Jun 2017
    A cell from the epidermis of a petal from a petunia flower. The outer cell membrane is labelled in red, the cenral vacuole is filled wih anthocyanins resulting in the blue colour. Vacuolinos are marked in green.
    Vacuolino; a new type of vacuole discovered in petal cells

    Researchers from the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (UvA) and the Universities of Lecce and Perugia have discovered a new organelle in plant cells. The so-called vacuolino is a tiny type of vacuole involved ...

  • 20 Jun 2017
    Petunia seedlings germinated on agar plates containing high concentration of Cu
    How to become a copper tolerance champion

    Yanbang Li, Kees Spelt, Mattijs Bliek, Francesca Quattrocchio, Ronald Koes and Henk Schat (Plant Development and Epi-Genetics ) and Qianqian Zhang (Plant Cell Biology) published a paper in New Phytologist addressing ...

  • 21 Feb 2017
    Prof. Harro Bouwmeester
    Harro Bouwmeester appointed professor of Plant Hormone Biology

    Harro Bouwmeester has been appointed professor of Plant Hormone Biology at the Swammerdam Institute of Life Sciences (UvA).

  • 9 Jan 2017
    Christa Testerink SILS UvA
    ERC Consolidator Grant for Christa Testerink

    The European Research Council has awarded a prestigious Consolidator Grant to UvA researcher Christa Testerink.

  • 15 Sep 2016
    Plant Enhancers
    Plant Enhancers

    Dr Maike Stam and the PhD students Rurika Oka, Blaise Weber (Plant Development and (Epi)genetics, SILS) and Johan Zicola (Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding) of the EU FP7 Marie Curie ITN EpiTRAITS project have ...

  • 3 Jun 2016
    Blue petunia mutant flowers have less acidic vacuoles than wild-type reddish flowers
    Hyper-acidification as universal mechanism

    Researchers from the SILS Plant Development and (Epi)Genetics group have discovered that species all throughout the plant kingdom use what is described as a super proton pump to ensure a strong pH gradient. This ...

  • 27 May 2016
    Petunias on Amsterdam bridge
    Genomes of Petunia parents mapped

    An international team, including Rob Schuurink, Maaike Boersma, Tijs Bliek, Kees Spelt, Valentina Passeri, Ronald Koes and Francesca Quattrocchio (UvA Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences) and colleagues of the ...

  • 15 May 2016
    Radio interview Michel Haring

    Is the food diversity endangered by large international companies claiming patents on the natural properties of edible plants? Michel Haring offers an explanation in the radio show ‘Vroege Vogels’ (in Dutch).

  • 8 Apr 2016
    Petunia and Arabidopsis
    An old gene that learned new tricks

    Researchers led by Francesca Quattrocchio and Ronald Koes (Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences) have discovered a gene encoding a transcription factor (PH3) that remained conserved during the evolution of very ...

  • 23 Feb 2016
    Christa Testerink SILS UvA
    Christa Testerink, professor of Plant Cell Biology

    Christa Testerink has been appointed professor of the new Plant Cell Biology chair at the Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences per 1 February 2016. The new Plant Cell Biology chair will complement expertise of the ...