Joining Forces

handshakeWe are engaged in research agreements with Bayer BioScience NV, the Flemish agro-biotech innovation center of Bayer CropScience. Through this collaboration, the researchers aim to elucidate the mechanisms that indicate how plants handle stress.

The results that will come from this research ? in particular, the identification of factors that make a plant ‘stress-resistant’ ? are crucially important for the development of agricultural crops with higher yield. This research is being made possible by an approved IWT project submitted by Bayer BioScience. The project gives both research centers the chance to apply the special knowledge that they have developed in the area of ‘stressed plants’.

Further reading

Schulz P., Neukermans J., Van der Kelen K., Mühlenbock P., Van Breusegem F., Noctor G., Teige M., Metzlaff M. and Hannah M.A. (2012). Chemical PARP inhibition enhances growth of Arabidopsis and reduces anthocyanin accumulation and the activation of stress protective mechanisms. PLoS One 7, e37287.

Hauben M., Haesendonckx B., Standaert E., Van Der Kelen K., Azmi A., Akpo H., Van Breusegem F., Guisez Y., Bots M., Lambert B., Laga B. and De Block M. (2009). Energy use efficiency is characterized by an epigenetic component that can be directed through artificial selection to increase yield. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 106, 20109-20114. 

Vanderauwera S., De Block M., Van de Steene N., van de Cotte B., Metzlaff M. and Van Breusegem F. (2007). Silencing of poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase in plants alters abiotic stress signal transduction. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 104, 15150-15155.