Turbocharging evolution

The startup ‘Epibreed’ is using targeted evolution to bring innovation to plant cultivation – without any genetic engineering. It works by means of epigenetic tricks, and with an age-old mechanism hidden away in the genetic... [more]


Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Postdoctoral Fellowships for Overseas Researchers

The programme "JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships for Overseas Researchers" enables Swiss researchers to stay in Japan for 12 to 24 months. Application deadline is: 30 March 2018.For a number of years, the SNSF has acted as... [more]


Nouvelle Checklist pour la flore de Suisse

Annoncée depuis si longtemps, la « Checklist 2017 » est désormais disponible. Cette Checklist remplace la liste des taxons acceptés par l’Index synonymique de 2005 (ISFS-2). Ab sofort ist die seit längerem angekündigte... [more]


Raising awareness of the risks of natural sciences research

New research findings from biology and chemistry are a blessing for the world of medicine. However, if they are misused for military purposes, they can reveal a darker side. How to deal with the “dual-use dilemma”? This was the... [more]


Stresstest für den Laubwald

Die Forschungsgruppe um Prof. Ansgar Kahmen an der Universität Basel untersucht in einem 20-jährigen Versuch die Reaktion des lokalen Laubwaldes auf ein trockenere Umweltbedingunden. Dazu wir eine halbe Hektare Waldboden... [more]


Alpine Plant Ecology – Summer School on Alpine Plant Life

This graduate course is offered by the University of Basel and the Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC) for advanced biology students with basic plant science training. Course topics include microclimatology, ecophysiology,... [more]


Blurring disciplinary boundaries

The ambitious and integrated framework of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) demonstrates that complex global problems span the natural and social sciences and that solutions to such problems demand a... [more]

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