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Outcomes, Publications and Events


PlantHUB Outreach activities included a wide range of target-actions aiming to transfer and discuss research outcomes with different parts of society.


The interviews of the PlantHUB doctoral students after completing their fellowships are available at the  PSC video portal.

Open Access peer-reviewed publications

The successful collaborations within PlantHUB resulted in 17 co-authored Open Access peer-reviewed publications and more manuscripts in preparation (status December 2022).


Simon E. Bull, David Seung, Christelle Chanez, Devang Mehta, Joel-Elias Kuon, Elisabeth Truernit, Anton Hochmuth, Irene Zurkirchen, Samuel C. Zeeman, Wilhelm Gruissem and Hervé Vanderschuren (2018). Accelerated ex situ breeding of GBSS- and PTST1-editedcassava for modified starch. Science Advances 4, eaat6086. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aat6086


Cuesta-Seijo JA, De Porcellinis AJ, Valente AHR, Striebeck A, Voss C, Marri L,  Hansson A, Jansson AM, Dinesen MH, Fangel JU, Harholt J, Popovic M, Thieme M, Hochmuth A, Zeeman SC, Mikkelsen TNR, Jï Rgensen RB, Roitsch TG, Mï Ller BL, Braumann I (2019). Amylopectin Chain Length Dynamics and Activity Signatures of Key Carbon Metabolic Enzymes Highlight Early Maturation as Culprit for Yield Reduction of Barley Endosperm Starch after Heat Stress. Plant Cell Physiology 60 (12), 2692. DOI: 10.1093/pcp/pcz155


Mercedes Thieme, Anton Hochmuth, Theresa Elisabeth Ilse, Jose A. Cuesta-Seijo, Szymon Stoma, Roger Meier, Simon Flyvbjerg Nørrelykke, Pai Rosager Pedas, Ilka Braumann, Samuel C. Zeeman (2023). Detecting variation in starch granule size and morphology by high-throughput microscopy and flow cytometry. Carbohydrate Polymers, Volume 299, 2023,120169. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2022.120169.


Vogt, M.; Yates, S.; Sykes, T.; Luesink, W.; Koch, M.; Studer, B. (2020). Developing Heterotic Groups for Successful Hybrid Breeding in Perennial Ryegrass. Agronomy 2020, 10, 1410. DOI: 10.3390/agronomy10091410


Claudio Cropano, Iain Place, Chloé Manzanares, Javier Do Canto, Thomas Lübberstedt, Bruno Studer, Daniel Thorogood (2021). Characterisation and practical use of self-compatibility in outcrossing grass species. Annals of Botany 2021. DOI: 10.1093/aob/mcab043


Claudio Cropano, Chloé Manzanares, Steven Yates, Dario Copetti, Javier Do Canto, Thomas Lübberstedt, Michael Koch and Bruno Studer (2021). Identification of candidate genes for self-compatibility in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.). Original Research, Front. Plant Sci. - Plant Breeding. DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2021.707901


Seydina I. Diop, Oliver Subotic, Alejandro Giraldo-Fonseca, Manuel Waller, Alexander Kirbis, Anna Neubauer, Giacomo Potente, Rachel Murray-Watson, Filip Boskovic, Zoe Bont, Zsofia Hock, Adam C. Payton, Daniel Duijsings, Walter Pirovano, Elena Conti, Ueli Grossniklaus, Stuart F. McDanie and Peter Szovenyi (2019). A pseudomolecule-scale genome assembly of the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha. The Plant Journal. DOI: pdf/10.1111/tpj.14602


Li FW, Nishiyama T, Waller M, Frangedakis E, Keller J, Li Z, Fernandez-Pozo N, Barker MS, Bennett T, Blázquez MA, Cheng S, Cuming AC, de Vries J, de Vries S, Delaux PM, Diop IS, Harrison CJ, Hauser D, Hernández-García J, Kirbis A, Meeks JC, Monte I, Mutte SK, Neubauer A, Quandt D, Robison T, Shimamura M, Rensing SA, Villarreal JC, Weijers D, Wicke S, Wong GKS, Sakakibara K; Szövényi P (2020). Anthoceros genomes illuminate the origin of land plants and the unique biology of hornworts. Nature Plants, 13. DOI: 10.1038/s41477-020-0618-2


Szövényi, P., Gunadi, A. & Li, FW. (2021). Charting the genomic landscape of seed-free plants. Nat. Plants (2021). DOI: 10.1038/s41477-021-00888-z.


Mélanie K. Rich, Nicolas Vigneron, Cyril Libourel, Jean Keller, Li Xue, Mohsen, Hajheidhari, Guru V. Radhakrishnan, Aurélie Le Ru, Issa S DiopGiacomo Potente, Elena Conti, Danny Duijsings, Aurélie Batut, Pauline Le Faouder, Kyoichi Kodama, Junko Kyozuka, Erika Sallet, Guillaume Bécard, Marta Rodrigez-Franco, Thomas Ott, Justine Bertrand-Michel, Giles ED Oldroyd, Péter Szövényi, Marcel Bucher, Pierre-Marc Delaux (2021). Lipid exchanges drove the evolution of mutualism during plant terrestrialization. Science 372: 864-868. DOI: 10.1126/science.abg0929


Giacomo Potente, Étienne Léveillé-Bourret, Narjes Yousefi, Rimjhim Roy Choudhury, Barbara Keller, Seydina Issa Diop, Daniël Duijsings, Walter Pirovano, Michael Lenhard, Péter Szövényi, Elena Conti (2022). Comparative Genomics Elucidates the Origin of a Supergene Controlling Floral Heteromorphism. Molecular Biology and Evolution, Volume 39, Issue 2, February 2022, msac035. DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msac035


Sabrina Flütsch, Arianna Nigro, Franco Conci, Jiří Fajkus, Matthias Thalmann, Martin Trtílek, Klára Panzarová and Diana Santelia (2020). Glucose uptake to guard cells via STP transporters provides carbon sources for stomatal opening and plant growth. EMBO Reports, vol. 21: no. 8, pp. e49719, Weinheim: Wiley, 2020. DOI: 10.15252/embr.201949719


Camilo Chiang, Jorunn E. Olsen, David Basler, Daniel Bånkestad and Günter Hoch (2019). Latitude and Weather Influences on Sun Light Quality and the Relationship to Tree Growth. Forests 10(8), 610. DOI: 10.3390/f10080610


Chiang, C.; Bånkestad, D.; Hoch, G. (2020). Reaching Natural Growth: Light Quality Effects on Plant Performance in Indoor Growth Facilities. Plants 2020, 9, 1273. DOI: 10.3390/plants9101273


Chiang, C.; Bånkestad, D.; Hoch, G. (2020). Reaching Natural Growth: The Significance of Light and Temperature Fluctuations in Plant Performance in Indoor Growth Facilities. Plants 2020, 9, 1312. DOI: 10.3390/plants9101312


Cueni, F., Nelson, D.B., Boner, M. et al. (2021). Using plant physiological stable oxygen isotope models to counter food fraud. Sci Rep 11, 17314. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-021-96722-9


Florian Cueni, Daniel B. Nelson & Ansgar Kahmen (2022). Effects of phenotypic variability on the oxygen and hydrogen isotope compositions of grains in different winter wheat varieties, Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies, 58:1, 60-80, DOI: 10.1080/10256016.2021.2002855


Public Events, Past



Scientifica 2019 - the largest public science fair in Switzerland

Public discussion on "superfood" organized together with the Swiss Forum for Genetic Research

30 August - 1 September 2019

ETH Zurich and University of Zurich, CH
Scientifica 2019

DSV open field days at the breeding station in Van Zelderheide (NL)

25 June and 3 September 2019

School class workshops on Gene editing

Mai and June 2019

International Fascination of Plants Day

Open lab day
Public event on topics such Smart farming and Smart Breeding

25 Mai 2019

AgriTec Day at the ETH-Forschungsstation Eschikon / AgroVet Strickhof, CH. Flyer (PDF, 687 KB)

Panel discussion: What next after the ECJ judgement on gene editing?

11 April 2019, ETH Zürich, CH

Tri-National Arabidopsis Meeting

International PSC Symposium: Breakthroughs in Plant Sciences

5 Dec 2018, ETH Zurich, CH

OLMA – Largest Agricultural fair in Switzerland
The heart of the exhibit was an open lab space, with a program of short workshops and demonstrations. Samuel C. Zeeman’s group developed a starch-in-grains demo, the stomata experiments were presented by Bruno Studer's Forage Crop Genetics group.

October 2018
St. Gallen, CH


DLG Feldtage– Agricultural fair in Germany

14-16 June 2018

Public guided tour – Botanical Garden
Indoor lightning

17 Apr 2018
University of Basel, CH

Stakeholder workshop

18 Oct 2017, University of Wageningen, NL
International Symposium: Plant control by led light

Scientifica 2017 – The largest public science fair in Switzerland
Workshop on the role of starch in plants and for the production of biofuel.

1-3 Sep 2017
ETH Zurich and University of Zurich, CH


PSC Future Forum – Sustainable Food Production

12 June 2017
ETH Zurich

PSC Future Forum – Urban food supply in 2030
How should urban farming look like? What are the impacts of a changing climate?

18 May 2017
Community Garden in Zurich



At the PSC Symposium 2019: Plant Response to Environment Across Scales Claudio Cropano received the 2nd price for his poster: "Natural variation for pseudo self-compatibility in perennial ryegrass – an untapped resource for hybrid breeding” and Florian Cueni received the 3rd price for his poster "Predicting the Origin of Berries Using Oxygen and Hydrogen Isotope Models".

Web articles and Reports


  • Chromosome-scale genome assembly of ther heterostylous Primula veris. Article by Giacomo Potente. PSC Newsletter Fall 2020





Blogs and Media Releases




PlantHUBNews 1_2019 as PDF (PDF, 1 MB)

PlantHUBNews 1_2020 as  PDF (PDF, 748 KB)

PlantHUBNews 1_2021 as PDF (PDF, 6 MB)


Weiterführende Informationen

Social Media



Check out all PlantHUB related publications and other research products on the OpenAire / Explore PlantHUB page.


Fascination of Plants Day 2019

The activities under the umbrella of the Fascination of Plants Day 2019 are summarized in the PlantHUB deliverable D25, published in July 2019 by the PlantHUB programme office.



Open lab day - tools and technology to advance plant breeding

25 May 2019, ETH-Research Station for Plant Sciences in Lindau, CH


The activities at the AgriTech Day are summarized in the PlantHUB deliverable D26, published in July 2019 by the PlantHUB programme office.



Panel discussion: What next after the ECJ judgement on gene editing?

11 April 2019, ETH Zurich, CH


The panel discussion is summarized in the PlantHUB deliverable D22, published in July 2019 by the PlantHUB programme office.



Oral and poster presentation at international conferences

In total, the PlantHUB PhD students gave 25 poster or oral presentations at national and international conferences. Summarized in the PlantHUB deliverable D52, published in December 2020 by the PlantHUB programme office.



Stakeholder and public engagement activities of the PlantHUB doctoral students

In total 44 public engagement activities have been conducted between Dec 2016 and Nov 2020.



Participation at industry fairs

The participation at industry fairs or workshops allowed the doctoral students to direct engage with different stakeholders and to gain an understanding of their interests and concerns about molecular plant breeding and plant production as well as consumer needs.