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The Gregor Mendel Institute's Annual Report for 2015 is now available on our downloads page!

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For all of our advances, modern life still depends on flowering plants for food, fuel, textiles, and building materials. However, we know very little about how flowering as a form of sexual reproduction evolved from ancestral plants.

A consortium involving eight project partners from Europe and the United States has been awarded €2,6M to investigate how flowering evolved, with the goal of identifying novel genes and regulatory networks required for flowering. This large collaborative study will be the first to provide molecular insight into the evolution of flowering, an important step in future projects to enhance crop productivity.


The GMI is recruiting a group leader. We are targeting evolutionary genomics, although all applications focused on plant biology are welcome.


It was announced today that Magnus Nordborg was elected as a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation. Along with two other new members from the VBC, only 58 researchers in total were elected to EMBO membership this year. Election to EMBO membership, which occurs through a nomination and voting process open only to current EMBO members, is an acknowledgement by Europe's top scientists of excellence in molecular biology research.


In a new paper in eLife, researchers from the lab of Magnus Nordborg provide the first direct evidence between adaptation to the local environment and DNA methylation. Combining Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) and analysis of methylation through Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), the authors demonstrate a global increase in CG gene body methylation in plants originating from Northern Sweden as compared to plants from Southern Sweden. This difference is largely due to trans-acting factors that lie withing genomic regions previously shown to have been under strong selective pressure for adaptation to the colder environments found in the North of Sweden.


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