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SPS - Saclay Plant Sciences

Newsletter 4




Dear all,

This autumn 2016, we are pleased to announce the involvement of five new teams in our LabEx. These teams, presented in more detail in this newsletter, contribute to both strengthening and broadening our thematic scope (photosynthesis, modeling, floral morphogenesis and proteomics). With 2016, we also started the second phase of our LabEx: five new structuring projects were selected following a late 2015-early 2016 open call. Firmly focused on innovation, they will help develop the LabEx (nanosensor, recombination, gene editing and improved plants for biomass or production of perfumes).

This newsletter is also an opportunity to take stock of the project and give you information about our activities in research, training, partnership and innovation. Finally I wanted to point out here the special issue of the Science journal dated September 16 on plant biotechnology and its applications, with items including gene editing, nitrogen fixation, production of molecules of interest for health or obtaining new crops better suited to the requirements of a productive and sustainable agriculture.

Happy reading !

Loïc Lepiniec


SPS is growing !

5 new teams have entered the SPS LabEx in 2016 and broaden our research skills for the second phase of the project. Read Lire

The SPS2020 projects

5 new structuring and innovative projects have begun mid-2016 for a total amount of 1.9 million euros (about 17% of the SPS budget). Read Lire

The SPS LabEx SPS :
Plant sciences innovation booster

The SPS LabEx connects plant biology research teams and collaborators from the private sector to build research projects in partnership, organizes training, offers a wide range of high-tech resources and provides financial support through an incubation program for innovative partnership projects (SPS'Innov). Watch the vidéo Lire

Partenariats SPS

LabEx News

▉  Infrastructures

• What's a transcriptome?

POPS Transcriptomics Platform 


• SPS LabEx imaging infrastructures

The infinitely small at the service of plant biology 


▉  Research

• A new crop of PhD and postdoc projects

3 new projects selected through the 2016 SPS Research Open Call

These new projects, added to those selected during the past years, increase to 16 the number of projects funded through this call.

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▉  General public

• Fête de la Science 2016

Leguminous and oleaginous plants on the SPS program

▉  Significant publications

• 1st semester 2016

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▉  Innovation

• New functions for Chloé Marchive

The INRA Centre of Versailles-Grignon now has a project engineer for partnership

Her role is to support researchers in defining and managing projects in partnership with socio-economic actors and develop these partnerships. Read... Lire

• Dynamics of entrepreneurship and innovation among SPS LabEx students

Students full of ideas tell us about their project...

Young talents in the perimeter of SPS want to transform their innovative ideas into marketable products or services. Read... Lire

• Saclay Plant’ Innov’ 2016

A look back at the event

On October 18th, for the third consecutive year, the Saclay Plant Sciences LabEx organized the Saclay Plant’ Innov' event at the INRA site of Versailles.
Saclay plant innov Read... Lire

▉  Teaching and training

• From gene expression to genomic network

A look back on the SPS Summer School 2016

• Teaching and training in plant sciences within the SPS LabEx

Training students in plant sciences, a priority for the SPS LabEx

Teaching and training through research in plant biology have received a budget of around 1 million € over the past four years, which represents 15% of the total LabEx budget for this period. Read... Lire


Diana Kirilovsky

3 questions to Diana Kirilovsky

Diana Kirilovsky, CNRS research director at the Institute of Integrative Biology of the Cell (I2BC, Gif-sur-Yvette), is the leader of the team "Regulatory mechanisms in photosynthetic organisms", which has just entered the SPS LabEx.

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Saclay plant innov

♦ May 18, 2017
Fascination of Plants Day


What's a transcriptome?

Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay
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SPS LabEx imaging infrastructures:

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5 new research teams in the SPS LabEx!

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SPS 2020: 5 new structuring and innovative projects for the second phase of the LabEx

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Dynamic in vivo imaging of cellular parameters in plants combining fluorescent nanosensors and microfluidic platforms
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Reaping the benefits of improved meiotic recombination for crop improvement
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Miscanthus gene editing for seed propagated triploids
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Multiplied CRISPR/Cas9 targets
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Perfume plants innovation and sustainability by Tilling
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Teaching and training in plant sciences within the SPS LabEx

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