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Department of Plant Sciences

 
Read more at: Improving Flowers to Help Feed the World Screened at Bristol Science Film Festival

Improving Flowers to Help Feed the World Screened at Bristol Science Film Festival

19 July 2021

The Department's PhD students Jake Moscrop and Hamish Symington's film Improving Flowers to Help Feed the World has been screened at the Bristol Science Film Festival . The festival aims to highlight and support the work of science film-makers. Jake and Hamish's film was shortlisted from more than 400 entries and screened...

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Read more at: New model developed by Professor Chris Gilligan's Group shows control measures needed post lockdown

New model developed by Professor Chris Gilligan's Group shows control measures needed post lockdown

5 July 2021

A new mathematical model developed by Professor Chris Gilligan's Epidemiology and Modelling Group indicates that the widespread use of control measures, such as facemasks, is vital to suppress the pandemic as lockdown lifts. The new model was developed in collaboration with scientists at the University of Liverpool and...

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Read more at: Researchers discover ancient protein domain

Researchers discover ancient protein domain

15 June 2021

New research led by the Crop Science Centre has discovered an ancient protein domain and a new symbiotic gene in the signalling pathways facilitating arbuscular mycorrhizal association. Published in PNAS on 15th June, the study characterises a symbiotic gene in rice called arbuscular receptor-like kinase 2 (ARK 2), as well...

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Professor Ian Henderson awarded highly competitive Bayer grant

8 June 2021

Professor Ian Henderson , Head of the Department’s Genetic and Epigenetic Inheritance in Plants Research Group, has been awarded a highly competitive Bayer Crop Science grant. Awarded to researchers with unique ideas on helping farmers protect their crops, the Grants4Ag 2021 include both financial support and scientific...

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Read more at: Dr Nik Cunniffe receives APS Syngenta Award

Dr Nik Cunniffe receives APS Syngenta Award

7 June 2021

The American Phytopathological Society has honoured Dr Nik Cunniffe Head of the Department’s Theoretical and Computational Epidemiology Group with the Syngenta Award for his outstanding contribution to teaching, research and extension in the field of plant pathology. The Syngenta award is one of a series of APS awards that...

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Read more at: Professor Chris Gilligan appointed to James Hutton Institute's Board of Directors

Professor Chris Gilligan appointed to James Hutton Institute's Board of Directors

2 June 2021

Professor Chris Gilligan , Head of the Department's Epidemiology and Modelling research group, has been appointed to the James Hutton Institute' s Board of Directors effective from the 1st June 2021. Professor Gilligan's current research is focused on establishing and testing a theoretical framework that identifies the...

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Read more at: Professor David Coomes Contributes to Landmark British Ecological Society Report

Professor David Coomes Contributes to Landmark British Ecological Society Report

12 May 2021

The British Ecological Society has launched a landmark report that offers, for the first time, a complete assessment of the potential of nature-based solutions to mitigate climate change and benefit biodiversity in the UK. The report , which brings together contributions from more than 100 experts, finds that nature-based...

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Read more at: Professor Giles Oldroyd elected to National Academy of Sciences

Professor Giles Oldroyd elected to National Academy of Sciences

4 May 2021

The Department’s Professor Giles Oldroyd has been elected as an international member of the National Academy of Sciences in the USA. As Russell R Geiger Professor of Crop Science and Director of the Crop Science Centre , Professor Oldroyd’s research focuses on using the foundational knowledge of plants to drive...

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Professor Beverley Glover wins Pilkington Prize for Outstanding Teaching

25 April 2021

Each year the Pilkington Prizes are awarded to individuals who make a substantial contribution to the teaching programme of a Department, Faculty or the University as a whole, at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Inaugurated in 1994 by Sir Alastair Pilkington, who believed that the quality of teaching was crucial to the...

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In recognition of Professor Richard West FRS

In recognition of Professor Richard West FRS

15 January 2021

Richard West, Head of Department 1977-91, died on 30 Dec 2020 after a short illness

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Research seminars

Seminars are generally held on Thursdays at 1pm in the Large Lecture Theatre (LLT).  Attendance to all seminars, both external and internal is strongly encouraged within the Department. 

We ask external speakers to try and spend the whole day in the department meeting graduate students, post-docs, and early career researchers. It is a great way for members of the department to get insight into research, to meet future employers, and network more generally.

You can see a list of seminars on talks.cam.ac.uk.

 


 

CambPlants presents

Plants@Cambridge Annual Seminar Series