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Read more at: Crop Science Centre secures funding for new doctoral training programme in sustainable agricultural innovation

Crop Science Centre secures funding for new doctoral training programme in sustainable agricultural innovation

11 October 2021

The Department's Crop Science Centre has recieved funding to deliver a new doctoral training programme in sustainable agricultural innovation as part of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council's Collaborative Training Partnerships scheme. The new four-year postgraduate training programme is designed to...

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Read more at: TIGR2ESS wins Vice-Chancellor’s collaboration award

TIGR2ESS wins Vice-Chancellor’s collaboration award

8 October 2021

The TIGR2ESS project , led by Professor Howard Griffiths, Head of the Department's Physiological Ecology Research Group , has won the Vice Chancellor's Collaboration Award. The Vice-Chancellor’s Research Impact and Engagement Awards recognise outstanding achievement, innovation and creativity in devising and implementing...

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Read more at: Jiefeng Tan wins BSPP prize for best undergraduate research in plant pathology

Jiefeng Tan wins BSPP prize for best undergraduate research in plant pathology

1 October 2021

The Department's Jiefeng Tan has been awarded the British Society for Plant Pathology 's 2021 prize for best undergraduate research in plant pathology. To celebrate 40 years of supporting the plant pathology community, the BSPP has this year brought in a new set of prizes for final year undergraduate students. These prizes...

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Read more at: New study shows Europe's lakes are polluted by microscopic plastics

New study shows Europe's lakes are polluted by microscopic plastics

15 September 2021

A new study led by the Department's Dr Andrew Tanentzap , Head of the Ecosystems and Global Change Group , shows Europe's lakes, which are a major source of drinking water, are polluted by microscopic plastics and man-made fibres. Publised in PLOS Biology , the new study suggests that human activity and land use in areas...

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Read more at: Mechanical buckling of petals produces iridescent patterns

Mechanical buckling of petals produces iridescent patterns

14 September 2021

A new study by our researchers in collaboration with researchers in the Sainsbury Laboratory shows flowers are employing a materials science phenomenon typically associated with failures in structural engineering to produce exquisite three-dimensional petal patterns to lure pollinators. In civil engineering “buckling” is a...

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Read more at: Research shows rise of mountains is main driver in creation of new species

Research shows rise of mountains is main driver in creation of new species

3 September 2021

The rise and fall of Earth’s land surface over the last three million years shaped the evolution of birds and mammals, a new study by researchers in the Department has found, with new species evolving at higher rates where the land has risen most. The Department's Dr Andrew Tanentzap , Head of the Ecosystems and Global...

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Read more at: Dr Jeongmin Choi receives Royal Society University Research Fellowship

Dr Jeongmin Choi receives Royal Society University Research Fellowship

5 August 2021

Dr Jeongmin Choi, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Uta Paszkowski's Cereal Symbiosis Group , has recieved a Royal Society University Research Fellowship. Thanks to the fellowship Jeongmin will be starting her own research group at our Crop Science Centre to study how nutrient levels regulate arbuscular mycorrhizal...

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Read more at: Researchers visualise for the first time the colonisation of plant roots by fungi in real time

Researchers visualise for the first time the colonisation of plant roots by fungi in real time

3 August 2021

A collaboration between researchers from the Department of Plant Sciences and the Sainsbury Laboratory has visualised the colonisation of plant roots by fungi in real time. This is the first time that this vital, 400-million-year-old process has been visualised in real time in full root systems of living plants. Almost all...

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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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