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Terrestrial University: Every Plant has a Story (to tell)

at the center of art and media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe

Thu, 25.02.2021, 7 pm; free entry

Uriel Orlow, Lili Carr, and Prof. Dr. Peter Nick in conversation

Please join via the link https://zkm.de/en/event/2021/02/...

The event will be held in English.

If we want to understand the Critical Zone, we should listen to its inhabitants – including those who often do not get a chance to »speak«: plants. What can we learn from them? The fact that plants, unlike humans, animals, insects or bacteria, cannot move around does not mean that they just vegetate. They live, strive, perceive, communicate, and: tell stories.

In this way, plants can also tell us something about our history, as Uriel Orlow's work shows. His installation »Soil Affinities« makes visible the links between agriculturally used plants and colonial history. Here, plants become a compass that points to historical and contemporary (post-)colonial relationships.

As an architect and member of the Feral Atlas Collective, Lili Carr is concerned with the non-designed effects of human-made infrastructures on the natural environment, among other things, and how alternative models of architecture can incorporate them. She has also presented the »Feral Atlas« project at the Driving the Human Festival.

As an expert in molecular cell biology at the KIT Botanical Institute, Prof. Dr. Peter Nick wants to understand how plants manage to adapt so masterfully to their environment in order to survive, and what insights this can give us for a sustainable way of life.




Virtual project meeting

On 26 January 2021, the first DialogProTec project meeting of the year took place. The results of the last three months were presented by the partners and the next joint steps were planned. There are already promising initial results regarding the effect of fungal extracts on plant growth and immunity.

Originally, it was planned that all project partners would meet in turn every 6 months at another project partner's site. Since this is currently not possible, it was decided that the project meetings will take place virtually every 3 months until further notice.




Transnational symposium

on innovations in sustainable crop protection

As part of DialogProTec, an online symposium on the topic of "Innovative ways in sustainable plant protection - science and agriculture in dialogue" took place on 17th December 2020. More than 60 participants from Germany, France and Switzerland attended the bilingual event.

In the scientific presentations, the participants were introduced to how the natural communication between plants and pathogens is decoded, thus opening up new possibilities for more sustainable plant protection. Another topic was how black soil can be used to strengthen the resistance of plants. The concluding discussion focused on the concrete benefits of the newly gained scientific knowledge for agricultural practice in the Upper Rhine region. In addition, the participants had the opportunity to enter into a dialogue with the experts and discuss the possible applications in sustainable plant protection.




New scientific publications:

Hüttel, W. Echinocandins: structural diversity, biosynthesis, and development of antimycotics. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol (2020).
(https://doi.org/10.1007/s00253-020-11022-y).

Hüttel, W., & Müller, M. (2020). Regio-and stereoselective intermolecular phenol coupling enzymes in secondary metabolite biosynthesis. Natural Product Reports. (https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2020/np/d0np00010h#!divAbstract).





Save-the-date:

Symposium "Innovative approaches to sustainable plant protection - science and agriculture in dialogue”

Date: 17 December 2020; 1 - 4 pm

Format & topic: scientific presentations and panel discussion on innovations in crop protection and climate change & biodiversity

Location: online

languages: German & French

More information and the full programme









Virtual project meeting in Strasbourg

On 6 October 2020, the project participants met for a virtual meeting hosted by the University of Strasbourg. During the meeting, results already achieved were discussed and the next steps of cooperation were discussed. The meeting also included the planning of a symposium aimed at the exchange between science and agriculture in the Upper Rhine region, which will take place online in December. Concrete plans were also made for cooperation with a company working on plant fortifiers. This will ensure that the results of DialogProTec will have a direct practical benefit.





Wild vines could help save wine production from climate change

The hot and dry summers are also causing an increasing number of vines to suddenly collapse in the height of their productivity. In a combination of molecular, metabolic, histochemical and cryo-scanning electron microscopic methods, we can now understand how some wild vines resist this. This knowledge can help to arm vines, but also urban trees, against the consequences of climate change. Our work has been published in the high-ranking scientific journal New Phytologist:
http://www.botanik.kit.edu/botzell/downloads/Pub_Khattab_2020.pdf





The deathly command of Korean Mint

KIT has achieved first successes in the search for bioherbicides

The high yields of our industrial agriculture are only possible through the massive use of herbicides. If farmers did not use chemical weed control to keep the weeds away from our crops, they would face crop losses of up to 50%. This is why farmers' organisations are so strongly opposed to the ban on such controversial weed killers as glyphosate. The first results of an EU research project at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology now offer a way out of this dilemma. The aim is to produce completely toxin-free bio-herbicides.

Click here for the radio interview (in German): https://doi.org/10.5445/IR/1000119767







Virtual project meeting

Due to the coronavirus situation, the project meeting took place virtually on 18 March 2020. All partners presented their already achieved results and the next steps in the project were agreed upon, also with regard to the current situation.




Poster presentation at the "European Conference of Fungal Genetics"

Poster

The project partner IBWF presented a poster on the topic "Fungal Attack: Chemical communication and protection strategies based on the secondary metabolism associated with tree canker" at the "European Conference of Fungal Genetics", which took place from 17-20 February 2020 in Rome.




Kick-off Meeting at the Botanical Institute of the KIT

The project partners in DialogProTec met for a first joint meeting in Karlsruhe on September 3, 2019. At this meeting, the project goals were concretized and the individual work packages and the cooperation between the partners were discussed. The next project meeting will take place in March 2020 at the Institute of Biotechnology and Drug Research (IBWF) in Kaiserslautern.

Gruppenfoto Kick-off 2019






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