- The Biology Master is recruiting international students and offering scholarships of up to 1000 euros per month for the best candidates.

This program provides a high-level training for research (through lab rotations, research-based courses, courses in the form of summer schools, training for scientific writing...) and broadly covers Life sciences. The program is run in collaboration between Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, a research-intensive university, and Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, the largest scientific university in Lyon.

All lectures are in English during the second year; direct admission to the second year is possible after 4 years of studies at the University.

The campus is located within the city of Lyon and offers many opportunities, including student housing, language courses, social life, sports... etc.

For more information check the following pages: a) the program; b) applications; c) scholarships.

- Résonnance végétale

On Saturday Nov 14, the Anthropocene collective presents a RDP-sponsored interdisciplinary performance with music (creation by Xu Yi, played by the cucurbital orchestra), dance, video, introduced by a text from Michel Serres and Nelu! This is contemporary music but the show is suitable for kids too.

Two sessions: 5 pm and 8 pm

at Theater Kantor, Site Descartes

- Le patrimoine scientifique des sciences du vivant

Le laboratoire RDP participe aux 30 ans de l’ENS et aux journées du patrimoine dans le cadre d’un atelier joint RDP-IGFL-LBMC. Plusieurs séances sont prévues :
— le 14 septembre 2017, 15h-16h30 (journée pour les personnels à l’occasion des 30 ans)
— le 17 septembre 2017, 14h30-16h et 16h-17h30 (journées du patrimoine pour le grand public)
Lieu de rendez-vous : IGFL
Organisé par : RDP, IGFL, LBMC.

Banques de données, collections biologiques, organismes modèles, génomes, publications, technologies de pointe ... Des chercheurs en biologie vous emmènent à travers ce parcours à la découverte du patrimoine des sciences du vivant sous toutes ces formes !

- March for Science the 22nd of April / Marche pour la science le 22 Avril

March for Science is the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.

Le 22 avril prochain, les citoyens du monde entier sont appelés à participer à une grande marche pour les sciences. Le RDP s’associe à cette initiative, qui a été lancée par des scientifiques américains pour faire face à « de nouvelles politiques (qui) menacent d’entraver davantage la capacité des chercheurs de mener à bien leurs recherches et de diffuser leurs résultats. » Cette marche a pour objectif de défendre l’indépendance et la liberté des sciences.

Pour participer ou plus d’informations :

- Darwin’s « abominable mystery »: new clues on the origin of the flowering plants.

An article in preview this week in the journal New Phytologist throws new light on one of the big questions of evolutionary biology: the origin of the flowering plants. This group first appeared around 150 million years ago, and rapidly diversified to generate over 300 000 species alive today.
This work, which involved a collaboration with members/ex-members of the RDP Laboratory (Team: Evolution and Development of the Flower), is discussed in several newspaper articles and radio broadcasts :

- CNRS website
- France 3/AFP
- Belgique
- France Inter
- Radio Suisse
- Le parisen
- Montreal
- rtbf
- Science et avenir

- Not Like Dad, a breakthrough publication in The EMBO Journal

Haploid inducers are nowadays powerful breeding tools, but as yet the technology is restricted to maize, while in-vitro haploid induction in certain crops is labor-intense. Widiez and his team, in collaboration with Limagrain, have now identified the gene that mainly causes the phenomenon and termed it Not Like Dad to highlight the fact that its dysfunction induces embryos without genetic contribution from the father. The gene product is necessary for successful fertilization so that its failure promotes the formation of haploid embryos.

Laurine M Gilles et al Loss of pollen-specific phospholipase Not Like Dad (NLD) triggers gynogenesis in maize, The EMBO Journal (2017) e201796603

Read the paper: doi: 10.15252/embj.201694969
See also the site of EMBO as well as thesite of INRA.

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