2.09.02 - Somatic embryogenesis and other vegetative propagation technologies


Full-time position announcement : Propagation Scientist (Rotorua, New Zealand)

Dr. Jana Krajňáková, Senior Researcher for tissue culture and Project Leader at Scion, Rotorua, New Zealand, would like to announce that a full-time position (Propagation Scientist) is now being launched (Sept. 28) within the Plant Physiology and Development Research Group.

The recipient will lead and develop propagation research at Scion for both exotic and native forestry species with a focus on mechanisation, automation and sustainability of nursery systems. The position has also an important dimension in building strong relationships with third-party stakeholders and Māori communities towards science-led solutions for the forestry value chain.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced forest propagation scientist to work closely with industry and to deliver science that contributes to better environmental, social and economic outcome for New Zealand.

Further information of candidates: follow this link.

Deadline for the application: October 21, 2022


Permanent job position announcement: Plant biology technician, in vitro culture specialist (Tours, France)

Dr. David Breton (Nestlé S.A., Tours, France) is informing us that a permanent job position for a Plant Biology Technician with skills in biotechnologies (especially in vitro culture) has just been announced (April 29, 2021).

The position is located at the Nestlé Plant Science Research Unit located in Tours (France) and requires a first experience (internship or employment) in the field of in vitro culture technologies applied to (woody) plants (micropropagation, including somatic embryogenesis) and microbiology. Within the Coffee and Cocoa Department, the job position will be in support to breeding projects to ensure the production and maintenance of in vitro plant cultures for both operational and research purposes.

For more information, follow this link. Contact: Sophie Lair

Deadline for the application: June 8, 2021.


May 26-27, 2021: HealGenCAR-MULTIFOREVER Workshop (webinar) on vegetative propagation of conifers

Luke (Finland) is hosting a joint HealGenCAR-MULTIFOREVER Workshop (webinar) on “Conifer Vegetative Propagation, Multiplied conifer seed – prospects of somatic embryogenesis (SE)”.

The Webinar is organized on May 26-27, 2021 (2-5pm CET each day). See the Workshop program.

The workshop is organized jointly by HealGenCAR, the Centre of Advanced Research in Forest Health and Forest Genetics to Enhance Bioeconomy financed by Nordic Forest research (SNS) and, MULTIFOREVER, a multinational project “towards intensification of conifer production through multi-varietal forestry based on SE” financed through the EU’s Horizon 2020 ERA-NET Cofund Action “ForestValue – Innovating the forest-based bioeconomy”.

The workshop aims to bring together researchers, authorities, representatives of industry and forest plant producers to discuss current state and prospects of conifer vegetative propagation. The topics included in the program cover not only research achievements, but also legislation and forest owner views on reforestation materials produced by somatic embryogenesis (SE) i.e. by tissue culture. Visits to Luke's SE technology platform and field experiments (e.g. SE pines, SE spruces, ornamental spruce collection) are also scheduled by videos.

This is a free event but registration is mandatory till May 21, 2021. Follow this link.

For further information, please, contact the Organizers: Tuija Aronen (tuija.aronen@luke.fi), Coordinator of HealGenCAR, and Anneli Viherä-Aarnio (anneli.vihera-aarnio@luke.fi).


Permanent job position announcement: Coffee research specialist - Junior breeder (Tours, France)

Dr. Jean-Paul Ducos (Nestlé S.A., Tours, France) would like to inform us that a permanent job position for a Research specialist (Junior breeder) has just been announced (April 8, 2021).
The position is located at the Nestlé Plant Science Research Unit located in Tours (France) and requires confirmed experience in the field of plant genetics, plant selection and biotechnology. This job is dedicated to the development and implementation of new technologies focusing on the selection of improved plant material of interest for the Nestlé’s supply chain (coffee and cocoa).
For more information, follow this link. Contact: Sophie Lair

Deadline for the application: June 8, 2021.

Be informed that there is also another related open position at Nestlé (announced March 19, 2021) for a Coffee Agriculture R&D specialist with a solid scientific background in Agriculture/Agronomy and project management. This position will be located in Tours (France) or Lausanne (Switzerland) and will lead the Agricultural R&D activities associated to coffee production in order to meet Nestlé’s commitments in sustainability and climate change (including agroforestry issues).

More information here (Contact: Sophie Lair).

Note that the deadline for application is now quite short (April 19, 2021).



Dr. Itziar A. Montalbán and Dr. Paloma Moncaleán (Neiker, Spain) will serve as Guest Editors for a Special Issue of the Open Access Journal “Plants” on the following highly relevant topic for our Working Group: “New Insights into Plant Somatic Embryogenesis: Genetic and Epigenetic View”.

For those who are interested in contributing to this Special Issue, further information is available at the Journal’s dedicated webpage.

Do not hesitate to contact Dr. Itziar A. Montalbán (imontalban@neiker.eus) and Dr. Paloma Moncaleán (pmoncalean@neiker.eus) for any request.

Deadline for manuscript submission: June 15, 2021

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