Dr. Michiel van Lookeren Campagne, Head of BioScience Research for Bayer CropScience:
"Breeding crop varieties with improved resistance against abiotic stresses − such as drought, heat or cold − is an urgent need in the upcoming decades of climate change, diminished availability of arable land, and an ever-growing demand for food, feed and biomass. To identify the key genes underlying stress tolerance, genome-wide gene function studies and highly efficient plant testing procedures have to be carried out. With the VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology, UGent, and its world-renowned expertise in the plant sciences, we have found an ideal partner for complementing our in-house research. The department's close proximity to us (in Ghent's Technology Park) is also an advantage."
VIB − among the top in plant research worldwide
The project will be carried out in close collaboration with the VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology, UGent. The department is one of the world's top research centers in plant research and has built a strong reputation with industrial partners. VIB scientist Frank Van Breusegem and his research group have years of expertise in the area of plant stress. This new project builds further on a research agreement made in 2004 regarding 'stress in plants'.
This is a 'win-win' collaboration for the two partners: Bayer CropScience can make use of VIB's world-class expertise, while VIB has the opportunity to convert its strategic basic research into products useful to society.
Prof. Dr. Dirk Inz, Scientific Director of the VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology, UGent:
"It is abundantly clear that, in the coming years, th
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