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In a landmark study, an international consortium of laboratories (3 groups from Austria, 2 from Canada, 2 from the USA, and 1 from the UK) spearheaded by Youssef Belkhadir at the Gregor Mendel Institute of Molecular Plant Biology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, have released a comprehensive interaction network map of one of the most important classes of receptors, the leucine-rich repeat receptor kinases or LRR-RKs. The work entitled “An extracellular network of Arabidopsis leucine-rich repeat receptor kinases,” was published today as an advance online publication in the journal NATURE.


The Dagdas and Belkhadir labs were awarded a Wiener Wissenschafts-, Forschungs- und Technologiefonds (Vienna Science and Technology Fund) grant from the 2017 Life Science call for Chemical Biology. The grant, "Manipulation of plant innate immune responses by small molecule chemical probes", is coordinated by Yasin Dagdas and also involves Tim Clausen from the IMP, a neighboring institute at the Vienna BioCenter.




Dr. Angelika Czedik-Eysenberg, a postdoc in the Djamei lab, was awarded one of five L'ORÉAL fellowships for young female scientists. The fellowship is a cooperation between L'ORÉAL Austria, the Austrian UNESCO Commision, the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and the Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy. The winners were selected by an expert jury from the Austrian Academy of Sciences based on the candidate's qualifications and research project.


Wild vervet monkeys (genus Chlorocebus) are frequently infected by the Simian Immunodeficiency Virus (SIV), a close relative of HIV. However, they do not progress to AIDS. A scientific study published today in the journal Nature Genetics suggests that vervets have long co-evolved with SIV and acquired genetic adaptations that protect them from immunodeficiency.



For most people, the simple liverwort, a moss-like shrub, is a common garden nuisance. For Frederic Berger of the Gregor Mendel Institute for Molecular Plant Biology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, this plant is a key to understanding the evolution of all land plants.


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