2019 Bryology iMOSS & IAB joint conference

One month ago we were delighted to attend and participate in the 2019 Bryology conference organized by the Sociedad Española de Biología (SEB) in Madrid (Spain). This meeting brought together about 250 bryologists from the International Molecular Moss Science Society (iMOSS), the International Association of Bryologists (IAB), and the SEB itself in a very friendly, dynamic, and interactive environment. We had the chance to hear great talks and see really good posters addressing topics such as bryophyte biodiversity, distribution patterns, reproduction, dispersal, genetic diversity, development mechanisms, growth, sexual dimorphism, abiotic stress tolerance, etc. It was also fantastic to find out about all the new resources that are being developed for bryophytes such as newly sequenced genomes for hornworts (Anthoceros), or mosses (e.g. Sanionia uncinata). BRY"O"MICS contribution consisted in a short talk presenting the latest results on the mechanisms underlying phenotypic differentiation for Cu tolerance in two mosses, a Cu-specialist (Scopelophila cataractae) and a facultative metallophyte (Ceratodon purpureus). 

The conference finished with a terrific 3-day field trip in Sierra de Gredos (Spain) guided by Modesto Luceño (Universidad Pablo Olavide), an expert in the flora of this mountainous region. There, we had the chance to visit several mires hand in hand with young and renowned bryologists while enjoying the amazing landscape.


BRYOMICS joined SevinOmics!

We just joined SevinOmics, a network of researchers in Seville (Spain) working on -omics related questions. We are glad to have this great opportunity to share knowledge and join efforts to solve the never ending challenges associated with the analysis of high-throughput -omics data. You can get more information about the different projects included in SevinOmics, as well as the researchers working on them here: http://www.sevinomics.org/

EDB seminar series, CABIMER

We had the pleasure to present BRYOMICS and share its latest results with the peers at the Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC). This talk was part of the EBD Seminar Series carried out in CABIMER every Thursday. You can check it out here: https://youtu.be/fQoEa7Nmlww

Sevilla's Science Fair

We are always pleased to contribute to bringing science closer to everyone, and this time we prepared a workshop for the Science Fair that was held in Sevilla between May 16-18 of 2019. The fair was a complete success; the venue was crowded, and there were very many stands offering hands-on experiences on different scientific topics. From our end, we combined the efforts carried out by the EpiDiverse European Training Network and Bryomics in order to talk about the codes of life: genome and epigenome. Not very many people were familiarized with epigenetics, and the implications that this has in living organisms, especially in plants. We built DNA molecules to which we attached epigenetic marks and then used different home-made instruments to play the "code of life melody".

European Researchers Night 2018

The European Researchers’ Night is an open science event fostered by the European Commission through the programme H2020, whose scope is making science available to Europe's population. This year's European Researchers' Night in Sevilla, people from very different ages and backgrounds got to know more about science through workshops, meetings with researchers, lectures, during part of the day and night. BRYOMICS held a workshop for kids in the European Corner, the space reserved for projects funded by different calls of the European Commission. During this workshop, we talked about bryophytes, observed them under different magnifying glasses and learned how the study of their DNA allows us to understand how bryophytes are able to thrive in very adverse environments such as the Antarctica, sand dunes and highly contaminated places. Finally, we performed a DNA extraction protocol using household products and provided them with a protocol that they could run anytime at home. It was a tremendous success. Many people joined the activities from the very beginning, willing to learn, discover and make very interesting questions. Check some of the materials attached.