Plants recycle too with the aim of being energy efficient

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(18-03-2014) An international group of scientists led by Daniel Van Damme and Geert De Jaeger from VIB and Ghent University together with Staffan Persson at the Max Planck Institute in Potsdam (Germany) identified a novel protein complex that lies at the basis of this endocytosis in plants. This finding was published today in the scientific journal Cell.

Plant cells are in contact with the outside world via proteins in the cell membrane. These proteins have different functions and can be compared with antennas, switches and ports.

For the proper functioning of the cell, the composition of the membrane proteins must be constantly adjusted. Novel proteins are incorporated into the membrane, while old proteins are included and are recycled back through the cell.

In 2013, the department of Plant Systems Biology of VIB and Ghent University published no fewer than 100 scientific articles. 2013 was a 'grand cru year' for plant research in Ghent.

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