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From the evolution of pioneer land-colonizing plants to advanced genome editing techniques

On November 8 - November 18, 2022, a group of researchers from the Department of Gene Expression participated in two conferences held in India. The first, held in Bubaneshwar, is a workshop of the prestigious European organization EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization) entitled "An integrated view on early land plant evolution", and the second, held in Chandigarh at Panjab University, is a course for Indian scientists on gene expression modification techniques.

In the first conference, participants represented countries from all over the world (USA, Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Poland and others), and in the second one it was Polish-Indian. During the EMBO course, Dr. Halina Pietrykowska presented in the form of a lecture the results we obtained while working on the role of microRNA in the generative reproduction of liverworts - one of the oldest land plants, and two PhD students presented their results on the regulation of liverwort gene expression in the form of posters. During the second meeting, Prof. Artur Jarmołowski, prof. Zofia Szweykowska-Kulińska and Dr. Halina Pietrykowska conducted one-hour lectures on how to regulate gene expression in higher plants - Arabidopsis and barley, as well as lower plants - liverworts. During the second meeting, talks were held at the university level regarding cooperation between Panjab University and our university. Discussions are now continuing at the level of university authorities.