The genetics behind being Not Like Daddy
Researchers unravel one of the secrets behind haploid inducers, a powerful tool in maize breeding
Heidelberg, 22 February 2017 - A common strategy to create high-yielding plants is hybrid breeding – crossing two different inbred lines to obtain characteristics superior to each parent. However, getting the inbred lines in the first place can be a hassle. Inbred lines consist of genetically uniform individuals and are created through numerous generations of self-crossing. In maize, the use of so-called “haploid inducers” provides a short cut to this cumbersome procedure, allowing to produce inbred lines in just one generation. A study by Laurine Gilles and colleagues, published today in The EMBO Journal, sheds light on the genetics behind haploid induction. “Knowing the molecular identity of haploid induction represents an important breakthrough to fully understand the fertilization process in plants, and hopefully will allow to translate this breeding tool to other species,” said the study’s senior author Dr. Thomas Widiez, an INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique) researcher at the École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France.
EMBO Molecular Medicine appoints Philippe Sansonetti as new Chief Editor
Heidelberg, 1 February 2017 – EMBO is pleased to announce the appointment of microbiologist Philippe Sansonetti as new Chief Editor of EMBO Molecular Medicine. Dr Sansonetti, who is the Director of the Molecular Microbial Pathogenesis Laboratory at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, takes up the post with immediate effect.
Lithuania joins the EMBO Installation Grants scheme
Heidelberg, 23 January 2017 – EMBO welcomes Lithuania as a member of the EMBO Installation Grants scheme. Early-career scientists looking to move to Lithuania to establish their own, independent research group can apply to the scheme for financial support for their first three to five years.
Remembering where to get high
Heidelberg, 11 January 2017 - Addiction-related memories are exceptionally strong and stable, suggesting that addictive drugs remodel the brain’s circuitry in a prominent and lasting way. In the past decade, researchers have used mouse models to unravel how cellular changes in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), a brain structure involved in action selection associated with arousal and reward, may contribute to addiction-related behavior. Whereas neuronal remodeling in the NAc explains a wide range of addictive behaviors, it is not required for all of them, according to a study published today in The EMBO Journal.
Ottoline Leyser honoured with the 2017 FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award
Heidelberg, 9 January 2017 – EMBO and FEBS announce plant biologist Ottoline Leyser as the recipient of the tenth FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award.