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Press Releases

Outstanding Publication27.04.2017

Barley Genome Sequenced:
A Story of Malting Genes and Vulnerable Diversity

A ten-nation consortium has reported the first high-quality reference genome sequence of barley, a cereal crop that is used around the world as animal fodder. Moreover, malted barley grains are the raw material for popular beverages such as beer and whisky. The barley genome was sequenced and asembled using an array of state-of-the-art methods, taking ten years. For the first time, scientists can now locate all genes precisely in the genome and analyze complex gene families that play a key role in the malting and resilience. The barley genome sequence also highlighted regions vulnerable to genetic erosion and will help breeders recover genetic diversity in their crop improvements efforts. [link] PM 05/2017



Outstanding Publication03.04.2017

Draft sequence of the rye genome

Breakthrough for comparative genomics in cereals and genome-based breeding for crop improvement

A team of German plant researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and from the Leibniz-Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research in Gatersleben reports on a whole-genome draft sequence of rye. This rye whole-genome sequence closes a gap in Triticeae genome research and represents a genome resource of high value for comparative genomics, functional studies and genome-based breeding for sustainable crop production.[link] PM 03/2017





Einladung zum 5. Gaterslebener Gespräch zu ausgewählten Aspekten der Zukunftsgestaltung: Die digitale Revolution und ihre Folgen

Vom 4. bis zum 5. Mai 2017 wird am Leibniz-Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung (IPK) das 5. Gaterslebener Gespräch stattfinden. Der Minister für Wissenschaft, Wirtschaft und Digitalisierung des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt Prof. Dr. Armin Willingmann und renommierte Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler aus verschiedenen fachlichen Disziplinen werden sich gemeinsam unter dem Titel „Die digitale Revolution und ihre Folgen“ in Vorträgen, offenen Diskussionsrunden und einem Rundtischgespräch mit den Problemen sowie den Perspektiven der gesellschaftlichen Digitalisierung auseinandersetzen.[link] PM 02/2017



Outstanding Publication31.01.2017

Horizontal transfer of nuclear DNA between vascular plants: A genuine biological phenomenon

A Czech-German team of researchers around Dr. Václav Mahelka from the Institute of Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Dr. Frank Blattner from the Leibniz-Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) publishes findings in the renowned scientific journal PNAS suggesting that the transfer of nuclear genes from one vascular plant species to another without sexual fertilization is not a rare event. [link] PR 01/2017