Workshop will reveal organization and functioning of genetic information in plants

Cell nucleus of Arabidopsis thaliana (blue) with indicated centromeres (red) and active chromatin (green).
Source: ÚEB
Thursday 1 July 2021, 8:00 – Text: R. Kvasničková, M. Šaradínová

Scientists and students dealing with plant hereditary information will meet in Olomouc in mid-September at The Czech Plant Nucleus Workshop 2021. The meeting, which aims to share the latest scientific knowledge, will take place September 14 - 15 in Fort Science. Registration has already started.


This is the first workshop in the Czech Republic, which will bring together experts focused on studying the cell nucleus and chromosomes. At this two-day meeting, they will have a unique opportunity to establish contacts and collaboration.


"At the workshop, we will address the issue of plant genetic information, which is the control center of the cell. For example, we will deal with how this center can turn thousands of genes on and off, or how it recognizes that it has been damaged and can repair itself on the fly," says one of the organizers Aleš Pečinka from the Institute of Experimental Botany, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Center of the Region Haná for Biotechnological and Agricultural Research.


According to him, this knowledge is key not only for a deeper knowledge of the world of plants and further research, but can also play a crucial role in the future in breeding of more resistant plants with new properties.


The workshop is organized by a group of scientists from the Institute of Experimental Botany of ASCR, the Biological Center of the ASCR, Masaryk University and Charles University. Interested professionals and students may register by July 24, 2021 on, where detailed information can also be found.