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Newsletter 7




Dear all,

First of all, with the SPS Directory Board, we wish you a very Happy New Year 2019 and all the best for your research, teaching or innovation activities!

As you know, the kick-off meeting of our new SPS “Graduate School of Research” took place on October 3, 2018. Claude Chappert presented the history of the creation of the new Université Paris-Saclay, the contribution of the plant sciences and prospects for the future. I then reminded the main objectives of SPS for the next 10 years, such as support for interactions between education and research and the internationalization of these activities. Our goal is to establish SPS as a permanent framework for discussion and coordination of research, training and innovation activities, thus contributing to the overall impact and attractiveness of the Université Paris-Saclay in Plant Sciences. In this context, we are pleased to announce the arrival of several new teams

from BIOGER and GQE labs within our network.

In this Newsletter, you will also find, among other things, news concerning the arrival of our new business developer (Edith Francoz) as part of the SPINN project, as well as information on several highlights of the year 2018: the “Plant epigenetics and epigenomics” Summer School (July 8-13), the Fête de la Science (Science Fair), in which SPS has participated the last 6 years, and the international symposium "SPS Conference 2018: Plant Sciences for the Future " from July 4 to July 6, in Gif-sur-Yvette.

Finally, please note the next two major scientific events, a summer school that we organize on Plant Specialized Metabolites (June 30 to July 4) and the IPGSA meeting that will take place just before in Paris (June 25-29) and which organization involves SPS members.

Happy reading!

Loïc Lepiniec


Voeux 2019

SPS wishes you a Happy New Year 2019 !


A new start for the SPS community

The Saclay Plant Sciences - Graduate School of Research project (SPS-GSR) is officially launched! The kick-off meeting took place on October 3, 2018 in the presence of two members of the SPS-GSR International Scientific Advisory Board.
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Lancement SPS-GSR

LabEx News

▉  Infrastructures

• A rainbow to explore the plant cell

Multi-colour analyses in flow cytometry 


▉  Research

• New skills for Saclay Plant Sciences

3 new teams join the network

Two are from the research unit Biology and Risk Management in Agriculture (BIOGER), a new partner laboratory, and the third from the research unit Quantitative Genetics and Evolution (GQE).
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• SPS researchers among the most cited authors in Web of Science

A great recognition of their work

A new list of the most cited scientific authors in Web of Science for 2006-2016 has been released recently. Among them, there are two researchers from the Saclay Plant Sciences network: Loïc Lepiniec (SPS Coordinator) and Graham Noctor, both in the “Plant & Animal Science” field.
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• International SPS Conference 2018

Plant Sciences for the Future

SPS International Conference 2018

▉  Innovation

• Three SPS projects in maturation process

A very beautiful list of achievements!

The SYMBOOST project has just been selected for funding under the Maturation call for projects of the Paris-Saclay Technology Transfer Accelerator Company (SATT Paris-Saclay). This comes in addition to the two projects already selected in previous calls, BOSS and WheatBioControl.
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• A new business developer for the Saclay Plant Sciences network

Missions fully dedicated to researchers

The SPS network has just recruited Edith Francoz as business developer to promote Paris-Saclay innovation in plant sciences and biotechnology. Read... Read

Edith Francoz

▉  Teaching and training

• Summer School SPS 2018

Plant Epigenetics and Epigenomics

SPS Summer School 2018

▉  General public

• SPS and the Fête de la Science 2018

This year, SPS sees double

For this fifth consecutive year, SPS was present from October 12 to 14 at the Moulon gymnasium in Gif-sur-Yvette, this time with not one but two booths!Read... Read

Fête de la Science 2018

▉  Recent highlights

• 2018

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Livia Merendino

3 questions to Livia Merendino-Iseni

Livia Merendino is a CNRS researcher in the “Organellar gene expression” team of the Institute of Plant Sciences Paris-Saclay (IPS2).

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Benoit Castandet

3 questions to Benoît Castandet

Benoît Castandet is an Assistant Professor at the Paris-Diderot University and develops his research at the Institute of Plant Sciences of Paris-Saclay (IPS2).

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Fascination of Plants Day

♦ May 16, 2019
Fascination of Plants Day


♦ 25-29 juin 2019
23rd International Conference on
Plant Growth Substances (IPGSA)

SPS Summer school

♦ June 30- July 4, 2019
SPS Summer School:
Specialized Plant Metabolites
Versailles - Orsay


Abdelhafid Bendahmane

The INRA Awards for Abdelhafid Bendahmane

Maïs OGM

MON 810 and NK603 GM Maize: No Effects Detected on Rat Health or Metabolism


This year, SPS sees double at the “Fête de la Science”

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A rainbow to explore the plant cell

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3 new teams join the Saclay Plant Sciences network

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Three SPS projects in maturation process

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A new business developer for the Saclay Plant Sciences network

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Recent highlights

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3 questions to Benoît Castandet
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