Plant cells absorb many important substances through a process called endocytosis. In plants, endocytosis is essential for nutrient uptake, passing on cellular signals and plant-microbe interactions. However, the vital nature of endocytosis makes it challenging to study using methods from classical genetics. Small molecules targeting this process are a good alternative for such studies but in plants, they are lacking. An international collaborative effort of scientists from several VIB Centers, Ghent University and the Free University of Berlin, coordinated by Prof. Jenny Russinova, found a new chemical that blocks endocytosis.

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January 10, 2020. PSB has submitted an application for a new field trial with genetically modified maize. The maize has been improved by additionally expressing a growth factor called "AN3" in the plants. This growth factor activates genes that are involved in the growth of the plant. As a result of the change, important plant organs such as the leaves become larger and therefore more plant biomass is formed. The maize was produced as part of ongoing research into the growth and development of plants at the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology.

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