March 2016

Relax! High-resolution imaging reveals atomic structure of an important plant stress factor


January 2016

Trends in Plant Science - Interview with Heribert Hirt


June 25, 2014

Bill Gates Visits KAUST on Exploratory Tour

Bill Gates met with Prof Heribert Hirt and other professors . . .


June 18, 2014

Seed Fund Spring Gala 2014 unveils three winning startup projects

The winning teams’ project titles . . . Prof. Heribert Hirt, Biological Sciences and Engineering Division (BESE)


June 19, 2014

Selected as a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher

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Heribert Hirt has been selected as a Thomas Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in the category of Plant & Animal Science (page 89)





Press Release Sept 09, 2011 INRA

Salmonella uses similar mechanism to infect plants and humans
INRA - CNRS - Université d'Evry


In recent years, it has become clear that food poisoning due to Salmonella typhimurium can be contracted not only by uncooked eggs and meat but also through eating contaminated raw vegetables and fruit(1). So far, it was unclear how these bacteria can infect humans and plants alike. A team associating researchers from INRA, CNRS and the Universities of Evry (France), Giessen (Germany) and Vienna (Austria), has shown that Salmonella suppress the defense systems of plants and humans by a similar mechanism. Moreover, the teams showed that plants contaminated with Salmonella are highly infectious to human cells and mice. The results were published in PLoS ONE on September 6, 2011.

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pdf version: Conservation of Salmonella Infection Mechanisms in Plants and Animals


Laboratory of excellence "Saclay Plant Sciences"

The SPS was selected by an international jury as part of French "investments for the future" excellence initiative. SPS gathers four laboratories: the Institute of Plant Biology (IBP), the Institute Jean-Pierre Bourgin (IJPB), the Institute of Plant Sciences (ISV) and the URGV - Plant Genomics Research (URGV).
In the current context of population growth, limited natural resources, climate change and facing the need to better protect the environment and biodiversity, three strategic, complementary, interconnected scientific challenges:
1) moving from a descriptive towards a more predictive biology,
2) understanding basic mechanisms that control plant development and physiology, and
3) developing tools and biotechnology for research, innovation and valorisation. To address these challenges, the strategy of the SPS will be to support the best academic research, teaching and training that will be necessary for innovations over the long term, and to ensure dissemination and valorisation of results. These studies extend from the cell to the entire plant, and use the concepts and tools of biochemistry, biophysics, imaging, molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, modelling and bioinformatics. The SPS is supported by five institutions (AgroParisTech, CNRS, INRA, Univ. of Evry, Univ. of Paris 11) as well as the coordinating partner Saclay.

The current research activities of the SPS concern the essential genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms that control plant physiology and development, as well as their interactions with fluctuating biotic or abiotic environments. These studies extend from the cell to the entire plant, and use the concepts and tools of biochemistry, biophysics, imaging, molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, modelling and bioinformatics. The four laboratories of the SPS (IBP, IJPB, ISV, URGV) include about 400 permanent staff members and 150 PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. Members of the SPS provide 7500 hours of teaching and training per year and host several internationally renowned leaders and talented young investigators.

The SPS strategy will be implemented by different types of initiatives and cross-cutting actions including strategic and integrative flagship projects headed by internationally recognized leaders. A grant program will be launched on a yearly basis in the areas of four relevant thematic priorities, to support the valorisation of results, the emergence of new topics and the starting phase of new researchers. The four thematic priorities will be: 1) the sustainable intensification of plant productivity in a fluctuating environment; 2) plants as factories: improving plant quality for food, feed, health, environment and industry; 3) plants to understand fundamental biological mechanisms; and 4) developing new resources and biotechnologies for research, innovation, and technology transfer.

In addition, the Labex will implement an international Masters program dedicated to plant biology, which will be coordinated with key European universities involved in plant sciences. Fellowships for post-doctoral trainees or PhD students will be associated with flagship projects and grant programs


proteomics 2011


December 2010

Heribert Hirt on Reactive Oxygen Species

Current Classics were drawn from Essential Science IndicatorsSM from Thomson Reuters, and have the greatest absolute increase in citations from January 1, 1999 - December 31, 2009, the previous bimonthly period (sixth of 2009) to January 1, 2000 - February 28, 2010, the first bimonthly period of 2010. from Thomson Reuters, Podcasts for 2010
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December 01, 2010

EPSO, European Plant Science Organisation

The EPSO Board unanimously elected Heribert Hirt as the new EPSO president

EPSO, the European Plant Science Organisation, is an independent academic organisation that represents more than 223 leading academic research institutes, universities and departments from 30 countries. Together they represent over 28000 plant researchers and staff. In addition, EPSO has over 2850 personal members.
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1000 researchers talk about science

Heribert Hirt

“1000 RESEARCHERS SPEAK OF THE FUTURE" brings together the 1000 most recognized researchers from all scientific disciplines in France. This group of researchers represents the scientific community who works for the future and tomorrow’s society. Every researcher expresses his vision of the future with a short phrase. This mosaic of faces and words is exhibited in a monumental video projection on the walls of the Pantheon in Paris, from 18 to 24 October 2010.






Master 2 in Systems and Synthetic Biology mSSB


The vigorous development of Systems and Synthetic Biology constitutes a huge challenge that must be met both from the research and education perspectives. mSSB represents the first step towards nurturing a new brand of researchers and engineers to face up to the challenge.
The aim of mSSB is to provide students from the Life Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, Chemistry, Physical and Computer Sciences a mean to fruitfully engage in collaborative work across disciplinary boundaries, with applications in Systems and Synthetic Biology. Students undertaking the course will gain hands-on experience in experimental Biology, modelling and designing. They will also enhance transversal capacities including planning a project, giving a seminar, writing and defending a scientific report, interacting with a community, perceiving the industrial, economical and ethical issues associated with these developing fields.
m o r e: Master 2 in Systems and Synthetic Biology mSSB <







Plant Stress Biology: From Genomics to Systems Biology

This is the first book to present a comprehensive and advanced discussion on the latest insights into plant stress biology. Starting with general aspects of biotic as well as abiotic stresses, this handbook and ready reference moves on to focus on topics of stress hormones, technical approaches such as proteomics, transcriptomics and genomics, and their integration into systemic modeling. This book is a valuable resource for researchers as well as professionals not just in plant sciences but also in cell and molecular biology as well as biotechnology.

To aquire the book:
Wiley - VCH or Wiley International













Interdisciplinary Plant Group IPG
27th Annual IPG Symposium: Plant Protein Phosphorylation May 26 | 2010 | University of Missouri


25th Congress of the French Society of Electrophoresis and Proteomics Analysis SFEAP
Oct 06 - 08 | 2008 | Tours | France


Plant Abiotic Stress Tolerance
International Conference
Early Registration Deadline
Nov 14, 2008
Abstract Submission Deadline
Nov 10, 2008
Feb 08 - 11 | 2009 | Vienna | Austria

"Plant Genomics and Beyond" Conference 2009



Heribert Hirt distinguished "New EMBO Member 2008"

Heidelberg, 15 October 2008 EMBO honours 59 leading life scientists

Fifty-nine leading life scientists from Europe and around the world were today recognised by the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) for their proven excellence in research. Fifty-one of the researchers, distinguished as EMBO Members, are from Europe and neighbouring countries while eight equally respected scientists come from other parts of the world and join as Associate Members, bringing the current membership total to 1360.

EMBO Press Release



Unraveling Arabidopsis Protein Kinase Signaling Cascades by Combined Mass Spectrometry and Peptide Chip Based Phosphoproteomic Approaches

Fifth International Symposium of the Austrian Proteomics Platform
Jan 20 - 23 | 2008 | Seefeld, Tirol | Austria




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La bactérie Agrobacterium tumefaciens utilise le système de défense des plantes pour les transformer
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Salad & Salmonella - Food Poisoning as a Side Dish


Salmonella can also infect plant cells and successfully evade all the defence mechanisms of plants. As a result, cleaning the surfaces of raw fruits and vegetables, e.g. by washing, is not sufficient to protect against food poisoning. This surprising discovery, made during a project supported by the Austrian Science Fund FWF, has been published today. The results of the project are based on a model plant, which also represents the ideal basis for future development work on treatment and testing systems in the area of food safety.

Austrian Science Fund FWF Press Release
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