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 Date : 2021/09/13 No:270 

Recent News

New Books
Period: 2021-09-13 ~ 2021-09-22
Congratulations to Prof. Chi-Huey Wong ‒ First Glycoscientist Receives 2021 Welch Award in Chemistry
Genomics Research Center, Associate Research Fellow, Dr. Chung-Yi Wu has been elected the winner of the 2014 David Y. Gin New Investigator Award. The Award is sponsored by the Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The award will be presented to Dr. Wu in March, 2014 during the ACS National Meeting in Dallas, Texas. The award ceremony will be followed by a lecture by Dr. Wu.

Training Courses

【Design and statistical analysis of clinical trials】series courses. Unit 2:Study design in phase I trials (in Chinese)
Dr.Mey Wang(Academia Sinica Data Science Statistical Cooperation Center)
209 Seminar Room, IBC


9/13 IPMB Seminar
Topic:With Great Diversity Comes Great Potential - chemical diversity, biosynthetic pathways and biological functions of plant specialised metabolites
Speaker:Dr. Eva Knoch
Date:2021-09-13 15:00
Place:Presented via Cisco Webex
9/14 IPMB Seminar
Topic:Dynamic information processing by microbial signaling pathways
Speaker:Dr. Keita Kamino
Date:2021-09-14 09:00
Place:Presented via Cisco Webex
9/17 ICOB Seminar
Topic:Neural Control of Sexually Shared and Dimorphic Aggressive Behaviors in Drosophila
Speaker:Dr. Hui Chiu
Date:2021-09-17 11:00-12:00
Place:1F, Auditorium, ICOB / Webex also available
9/22 IMB Seminar
Topic:Neural Control of Aggression - Sexual dimorphism and beyond (Hosted by Dr. Yen-Ping Hsueh)
Speaker:Dr. Hui Vivian Chiu
Date:2021-09-22 11:00
Place:IMB B1 Auditorium & Webex
9/24 IPMB Seminar
Topic:Offense and defense of T6SS-mediated bacterial warfare
Speaker:Dr. Erh‐Min Lai
Date:2021-09-24 11:00
Place:Presented by Webex Meeting
9/27 IBMS Seminar
Topic:Scientific Progress and Career Progression
Speaker:Dr. Shih, Hsiu-Ming
Date:2021-09-27 11:00 - 12:00
Place:B1C Lecture Room, IBMS


Springer Nature Experiments Webinar
Title: Springer Nature Experiments: How to find the protocols and methods you need for your research
Time: Wednesday 22nd September 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (CST)

Important Research

A pair of DUF538 domain-containing proteins modulates plants growth and trichome development through the transcriptional regulation of GLABRA1 in Arabidopsis thaliana
SMALLER TRICHOMES WITH VARIABLE BRANCHES (SVB) belongs to the land plant-specific DUF538 domain-containing protein family and acts as a plant regulator in trichome development, endoplasmic reticulum stress response, and phosphoinositide signaling. Despite its multifaceted roles, functions of the DUF538 protein family are poorly understood in plant growth and development......
Giant virus-eukaryote interactions as ecological and evolutionary driving forces
Giant DNA viruses of eukaryotes are notable for their extraordinary particle size, genome size, and coding capacity. Once thought to be oddities in the virus world, they have turned out to be widely occurring in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems and are commonly associated with diverse hosts, including animals and microbial eukaryotes such as microalgae and heterotrophic protists. However, their ecological distribution, dynamics, and functions, as well as their roles in the evolution of eukaryotes, are still poorly known......
Whole genome duplication facilitates the evolution of C4 photosynthesis from C3 photosynthesis
C4 photosynthesis is more efficient than C3 photosynthesis. Thus, C4 crops (e.g. maize) have higher growth rate and yield than C3 crops (e.g., rice). Dr. Chi-Fa Huang, a postdoc in Biodiversity Research Center, studied the role of whole genome duplication (WGD) in the evolution of C4 photosynthesis. Comparing duplicated genes in the C4 plant Gynandropsis gynandra and the C3 plantTarenaya hassleriana, both of which belong to the family of Cleomaceae and shared a WGD before their divergence, he found that the WGD enabled G. gynandra to undergo a C3-C4 intermediate stage, to develop high vein complexity, to evolve C4 enzyme genes and to produce extra ATPs for the C4 CO2-concentration mechanism......
Plant pathogens convergently evolved to suppress an NLR immune receptor network
Some of the plant NLR (nucleotide-binding domain and leucine-rich repeat-containing) type immune receptors form networks to confer resistance to pathogens. One class of NLRs, known as NLR required for cell death (NRCs), are central nodes in a complex NLR network that mediated resistance against multiple pathogens. This important node in immunity could be the target of effectors from plant pathogens. Dr. Chih-Hang Wu and Sophien Kamoun’s group (The Sainsbury Laboratory, UK) screened a library of 165 bacterial, oomycete, nematode, and aphid effectors, and found some of them can suppress cell death mediated by NLR proteins. Among the identified suppressors, one cyst nematode protein and one oomycete protein suppress the activity of NRC2, NRC3 as well as their upstream sensor NLRs.
Disparate baseline soundscapes from different deep-sea ecosystems: implications on environmental monitoring and assessment
The deep ocean is a dark realm because unlike in air, light is quickly scattered and absorbed in water – but it is not at all a silent place, because sound actually travels faster and further in water (liquid) than in air (gas). We have difficulty talking to one another less than a hundred meters apart, but whales sing to communicate with others thousands of kilometers apart. This is a key issue in ecosystem monitoring, where we can visually monitor rainforest health from the space using satellites, but not the abyssal plain. So, you might ask, can we use acoustic signals instead?
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