Plant2030 Sofa Event "Warum die Zuckerrübe zum MRT muss."

In der neusten Auflage des Sofa Events Pflanzenforschung dreht sich alles um die „Königin der Feldfrüchte“ – die Zuckerrübe. Als größter Lieferant von Zucker in Europa ist sie für Landwirte, Industrie und Konsumenten so wichtig, dass die Pflanze mit großem Aufwand und High-Tech erforscht wird. Die Zuckerrübe muss sogar zum MRT!

Dr. Isabel Keller (RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau) und Dr. Benjamin Pommerrenig (JKI Quedlinburg) berichten live über Ihre Arbeit: Was macht die Zuckerrübe so spannend? Warum müssen wir ihren Lebenszyklus unter die Lupe nehmen? Und was verrät uns der Blick in die lebende, wachsende Wurzel?

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Das Experiment "BetaFlorage - An MRI-based analysis of sugar beet taproot plasticity during inflorescence formation" wurde im Rahmen des vom BMBF geförderten Projektes DPPN-Access (Grant Agreement 031B1217) gefördert und in Kooperation mit dem Forschungszentrum Jülich durchgeführt.


Presentation of DPPN-Access at the Plant2030 status seminar

The Plant2030 status seminar, is the annual meeting of plant research initiatives funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). This year, the Plant2030 status seminar took place from March 20-22, 2023 in Potsdam. The agenda included keynote lectures, project presentations as talks, posters and an elevator pitch session.

The DPPN provided an overview of the current project status of the “DPPN- Access” project, outlined the available facilities and summarized the access projects that were enabled at Forschungszentrum Jülich, Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research Gatersleben and the Helmholtz Munich. We presented an access example called BetaFlorage: “MRI-based analysis of sugar beet taproot plasticity during inflorescence formation” from Dr. Isabel Keller, RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau.
Additionally, Melike Aksu, PhD from RPTU Kaiserslautern-Landau, presented her work on the DPPN-Access as a poster. She participated in the elevator pitch and won one of the three awards granted with 500 EURO each, kindly provided by GFPi.

Many thanks to all participants for stimulative discussions!

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Further  events

23.10.2023 - 27.10.2023 – Ben guerir, Morocco

The African Plant Breeders Association Conference 3rd Edition

The African Plant Breeders Association (APBA) Conference was initiated in 2019 to disseminate the latest knowledge and achievements in the field of agriculture, to enhance research and development (R&D) for sustainable agriculture production systems in Africa.

APBA conference brings together around 400 international scientists and experts representing different national and international institutions (CGIAR research centers), universities, research institutions, private companies, donors, etc.). It is a good opportunity for plant breeders, researchers, students, private companies as well as national agriculture policy makers to share their knowledge and discuss their research findings and recent achievements. Such interactions will help in preparing strategies and partnerships to tackle future challenges in R&D for the African continent and open opportunities for potential collaborative actions. Two previous APBA conferences have been successfully organized in Accra, Ghana (2019) and Kigali, Rwanda (2021). Both events significantly contributed to the promotion of international collaborations in basic, fundamental, applied and strategic research areas particularly in the field of crop improvement.

The African Plant Breeders Association (APBA) is an initiative of full-fledged scientists, students, and professionals in Africa from higher education institutions (HEIs), research organizations and private companies who felt the need to change the narrative of crop improvement and the seed sector in Africa. It is a forum dedicated to building capacities, problem-solving, resource mobilization, and long-term strategic development of the agricultural sector in Africa through effective plant breeding programs and provision of tangible solutions to governments, seed companies, nongovernmental organizations and farmers.


Themes: Submissions for keynote slots, oral presentations or posters are welcome on these themes:

  • Advances in Genetic Innovation and Technology
  • Agri-food systems research towards Food sovereignty and Nutrition security
  • Dealing with Global Shocks from a Crop Improvement Perspective
  • Capacity Building and Education in Crop Improvement
  • Advances in Forgotten and Underutilized Crop Research
  • Seed Systems and Germplasm conservation
  • Precision Phenotyping for Crop Improvement

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