July 16, 2018

Plant mothers talk to their embryos via the hormone auxin

Image (click to enlarge): Arabidopsis developing seed: Auxin (here visualized in green) is produced and accumulates in the maternal tissue close to the young embryo. © Chulmin ParkWhile pregnancy in humans and seed development in plants...

July 13, 2018

First machine learning method capable of accurate extrapolation

Image (click to enlarge): A robot needs to learn about his body and the environment. It tries a few different motions and uses the algorithm. It can then predict what will happen with larger movements and at higher speeds. Credit: IST Austria/Birgit...

July 12, 2018

Recognizing others but not yourself: new insights into the evolution of plant mating

Photo (click to enlarge): The stigma of Petunia contains a toxin that stops pollen growth. Pollen in turn has a team of genes that produce antidotes to all toxins except for the toxin produced by the "self" stigma. © Lewis Collard Self-fertilization...

July  5, 2018

Engineering cooperation

Illustration (click to enlarge): A social dilemma with a variable resource: If the lumberjacks work together to plant as well as fell trees, the natural resource remains valuable. If they are selfish, and log without replanting, the forest is ruined, earning them...

July  3, 2018

IST Austria celebrates 18 graduates

Photo credit: IST Austria/Roland Ferrigato (click to enlarge) On Friday, June 29, the Institute of Science and Technology (IST Austria) celebrated 18 new graduates of the Institute’s PhD program. This is the largest class yet, and brings the total number of PhD...

July  2, 2018

Statement from IST Austria on the EU Commission’s Proposal for “Horizon Europe”

The Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) welcomes, in principle, the figures presented by the European Commission for the EU budget plans for the years 2021 to 2027 in the area of “Research and Innovation”. These plans show clear support for the expansion of funding in this area....

June 25, 2018

New mechanism for the plant hormone auxin discovered

Auxin is a hormone that is essential for the development of plants as it controls a wide range of processes from shaping the embryo in the seed to branching of the growing plant. Previously, it was believed that auxin’s main signaling mechanism operated in the cell nucleus and acted...

June 13, 2018

IST Austria Professor Herbert Edelsbrunner receives 2018 Wittgenstein Prize

Herbert Edelsbrunner, a professor at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) since 2009, is one of the world's leading researchers in computational geometry and topology and has played a significant role in laying the foundations of his...

June 12, 2018

IST Austria welcomes expansion of the European Research Council (ERC)

The Institute of Science and Technology (IST Austria) warmly welcomes the EU’s financial plans for research and innovation for the years 2021–2027; the numbers were presented last week by EU-Research Commissioner Carlos Moedas in Brussels. Of note is the planned...

June 11, 2018

Two bilateral French-Austrian research projects start at IST Austria

Two joint projects between labs at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria and at French research institutes, funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF and the Agence Nationale de la Recherche ANR, are kicking-off. The lab of Carl-Philipp Heisenberg at IST Austria, together with the lab of Alex MacDougall...

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