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BIS news release # 20

15th January, 2018

On January 15, 2018 Prof. Yoav Bashan, the President of “The Bashan Foundation” and the President of “The Bashan Institute of Science” was selected to the rank of “National Researcher by Merit” by the Mexican Federal Government Research System.

This life time rank is the highest rank for a scientist in the Mexican research system, given for significant lifetime contributions to the country. It is the first of its kind for the Northwestern Center for Biological Research (CIBNOR), where Prof. Bashan is the Group leader of an active research team.

BIS news release # 19

12th January, 2018

Scientists from the Bashan Institute of Science together with researchers from Uppsala BioCenter Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences have demonstrated that soil nanoparticles, both natural and synthetic, significantly enhance plant beneficial bacterial root attachment and performance. The findings are published in the journal: Scientific Reports AdobeLogo.

The studies illustrate the importance of considering natural soil nanoparticles for plant beneficial bacterial field application where diverse factors affect crop plant simultaneously. Nanoparticles can be used for rational design of root biofilms in food security programs.

Salme Timmusk was the first to show that the native soil bacteria, which are always present and have the ability to protect plants against drought conditions.
– Now, we have to find a way to effectively apply these bacteria, says Salme.

After the discovery, the collaborators continued with the vital research into bacterial drought tolerance enhancement ability, isolating bacterial strains from the areas where drought is a stress factor, as well as an evolutionary selection force. Strains were isolated from Mt Carmel, Israel and Mt Lemmon AZ, USA, which offer habitats with some of the harshest conditions.

Among the other hosts, the bacteria were isolated from the roots of wild progenitors of cereals. The emmer wheat and wild barley are progenitors to the contemporary wheat and barley. As the researchers suspected, these isolates were more efficient in drought tolerance enhancement and can enhance plant survival and biomass production several times under severe drought conditions. The harsh environment rhizobacteria which co-evolved with the host, most likely have assisted the wild progenitors to survive high levels of drought, UV, heat and nutritional deprivation over a long period of time.

– Now we are working on the nanointerface interaction between plants and the bacterial colonization of contemporary cereals. Understanding how the nanoparticles modulate the surface of bacterial biomolecules would optimize the mutually complex interactions and allow their regulated delivery and release.

This would ensure that the great potential of soil bacterial science would find its way to wide scale sustainable food production, when faced with the severe issues accompanying a worldwide changing climate.

Timmusk, S., Seisenbaeva, G., and Behers, L. 2018. Titania (TiO2) nanoparticles enhance the performance of growth-promoting rhizobacteria. Scientific Reports. 8:617. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-18939-x.

 

BIS news release # 18

26th October, 2017

On October 26, 2017 The Northwestern Center for Biological Research (CIBNOR) in La Paz, Mexico celebrated an institutional homage for Prof. Yoav Bashan the President of Bashan Foundation and The Bashan Institute of Science. This was done to formally acknowledge the decades long significant contributions of Prof. Bashan to the development of the institute and of Mexico. Additional to a ceremony, a 45 min video produced by CIBNOR detailing these achievements was presented to the public.

Prof. Yoav Bashan receiving the institutional homage. From right: Dr. Daniel Luch-Cota, Director General of CIBNOR, Prof. Fernando Garcia Carreño; Prof. Alfredo Ortega Rubio; Prof. Alejandro Lopez Cortes and Mr. Marco-Antonio Diaz (the narrator of the event).

The glass plaque reads (In Spanish): The Northwestern Center for Biological Research recognizes Dr. Yoav Bashan for his excellence in science, for his dedication and commitment to science and creation of scientific human resources at CIBNOR.

 

BIS news release # 17

01 September, 2017

On September 1, 2017 Prof. Luz de-Bashan, the Vice-President of “The Bashan foundation” and the Vice-President and the Chief Scientist of “The Bashan Institute of Science” was promoted to the rank of “National Researcher Level III” by the Mexican Federal Government Research System. This is the highest rank for active research scientists in Mexico and solely based on scientific productivity.

 

BIS news release # 16

17 August, 2017

On 17 August 2017, the Alabama Agricultural Experiment station (AAES), with headquarter at Auburn University, decided to support the affiliation of the Bashan Institute of Science as an academically affiliated institute to this organization. This academic affiliation primarily involves an academic exchange of researchers and graduate students in mutual projects in applied science and related academic activities associated with these projects.

 

BIS news release # 15

20 June, 2017

On June 20, 2017 the Bashan Institute of Science signed an agreement on academic cooperation with El Bosque University from Bogota, Colombia for three years. The agreement involves development of mutual projects and exchange of scientists and graduate students.

 

BIS news release # 14

15 March, 2017

On March 9, 2017 Dr. Luz de-Bashan the Vice-President of “The Bashan foundation” and the Vice-President and the Chief Scientist of “The Bashan Institute of Science” was promoted to the rank of Full-Professor by the Mexican Federal Government Research System.

 

BIS news release # 13

20 February, 2017

On February 20, 2017 the Society of Plant Research of India awarded three members of the Bashan Institute of Science. Prof. Dr. Anton Hartmann (Helmholz-Zentrun, Munich, Germany (retired) and RAS-BIS program) was awarded “Life Time Achievement Award” the highest award of this society. Prof. Dr. Rainer Borriss (Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany (retired) and RAS-BIS program) was awarded “International Recognition Award”. Ms. Noga Bashan (Environmental Engineering, MBA, Business Director of BIS) was awarded “Yossi Vardi Young Entrepreneur Award”.
Left: Prof. Dr. Rainer Borriss. Right: Prof. Dr. Anton Hartmann


Six from left: Prof. Dr. Anton Hartmann


Right: Ms. Noga Bashan


Prof. Anton Hartman’s award

 

BIS news release # 12

30 November, 2016

On November 30, 2016, the project ACUMEN of the European Commission 7th Framework Program ranked Prof. Yoav Bashan, the President of Bashan Institute of Science (USA) and the group leader of Environmental Microbiology Group at the Northwestern Center for Biological Research (Mexico) as the #1 scientist in all life sciences in Mexico.

 

BIS news release # 11

31 October, 2016

On 31 October 2016, the city of Dadeville in Alabama provided “Certificate of Occupancy” to the Bashan Institute of Science as high education research facility. This allows BIS to start its academic activities in its campus.

 

BIS news release # 10

19 August, 2016

On 19 August 2016, J&L contractors of Auburn, Alabama delivered the finished first building of the Bashan Institute of Science to Drs. Luz and Yoav Bashan. The building will go into a period of internal organization with furniture and laboratory equipment before inauguration.

 

BIS news release # 9

31 March, 2016

On March 31, 2016 the Bashan Institute of Science signed an agreement on academic cooperation with CINVESTAV-Irapuato (Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN), a leading research institute in Mexico. The agreement involves development of mutual projects and exchange of scientists and graduate students.

 

BIS news release # 8

23 February, 2016

On February 23, 2016, the Bashan Institute of Science became eligible for contracts, assistance awards, and to do business with the federal government of the USA. This will allow the scientists of BIS to applied directly for grants offered by the US government.

 

BIS news release # 7

15 January, 2016

On 15 January 2016, J&L contractors of Auburn, Alabama started constructing the foundations and the future parking lot of Bashan Institute of Science.
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BIS news release # 6

07 January, 2016

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On 7 January 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (USA), determined BIS as “Private Non-Profit Organization” effective since December 17, 2014 the day BIS was registered as an organization with the state of Alabama.

 

BIS news release # 5

15 December, 2015

z15.12.2015 034-4On 15 December 2015, the tractors and other heavy equipment of J&L contractors of Auburn, Alabama broke the ground of the future campus of the Bashan Institute of Science and practically started the construction process.

 

BIS news release # 4

19 November, 2015

z15.12.2015 039-4On 19 November 2015, the Bashan Institute of Science signed a contract with J&L contractors of Auburn, Alabama to build the first laboratory/office/conference building of the new campus of BIS in the town of Dadeville, Alabama. Construction will start 1 December 2015 and the building will be delivered to BIS in May 2016.

Prof. Yoav Bashan in the forest where BIS campus will be constructed.

 

BIS news release # 3

11 November, 2015

RAS-logo1On 11 November 2015, announcement of the RAS program (Retired Active Scientists) for senior scientists associated with The Bashan Foundation was released to the 85 member of the Foundation. Its main objective is to give retired scientists of the Bashan Foundation the opportunity to stay active and creative via The Bashan Institute of Science. Its mission is to promote senior scientists with significant experience to continue to contribute to society beyond retirement age.

The first senior scientists who joined the program are: Prof. Dr. Anton Hartmann from Helmholtz Zentrum, Munich Germany; Prof. Avigad Vonshak from Ben Gurion University, Sde Boker, Israel; Prof. Dr. Rainer Borriss from Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, and Dr. C.L. Laxmipathi Gowda from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, India.

Prof. Dr. Anton Hartmann

Prof. Avigad Vonshak

Prof. Dr. Rainer Borriss

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BIS news release # 2

10 November, 2015

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On 10 November, the Dadeville High School in Dadeville, Alabama was the first high school to join the scientific youth program BOUKS (Bring our Kids to Science) of the Bashan Institute of Science. The initial activity will be introductory lectures to high school seniors, starting in February 2016.

 

BIS news release # 1

15 October, 2015

On15 October 2015, the College of Agriculture at Auburn University decided to support the affiliation of the Bashan Institute of Science as an academically affiliated institute to Auburn University.This academic affiliation primarily involves an academic exchange of researchers and graduate students in mutual projects in fundamental science and related academic activities associated with these projects.

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