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The Department has carried out a comprehensive COVID-19 risk assessment process and has opened to allow research work to take place. To ensure the safety of our staff, a range of measures to reduce building occupancy and allow strict social distancing have been introduced, including increased cleaning and hygiene regimes. We are currently not accepting visitors so please continue to contact us by email until further notice.

Department of Plant Sciences

 
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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Fire: The Great Manipulator

Fire: The Great Manipulator

14 December 2020

Fire. It burns five percent of the Earth's surface every year, and accounts for up to twenty percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions. Before humans started interfering with the planet, the majority of carbon released by wildfires was recaptured as ecosystems regenerated. This is no longer the case. For Adam...

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Outstanding Student Contribution to Education Awards

Outstanding Student Contribution to Education Awards

30 November 2020

After a successful pilot in 2019, the Cambridge Centre for Teaching and Learning (CCTL) have announced the results of this year’s Outstanding Student Contribution to Education Awards . This award exists as an opportunity for members of the collegiate University to show their appreciation for our students' efforts in...

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Crop Science Centre opens in Cambridge

Crop Science Centre opens in Cambridge

1 October 2020

A new Centre in Cambridge, designed to fast-track technologies to sustainably improve farmers’ yields worldwide, was launched today. The Crop Science Centre is an alliance between the University of Cambridge’s Department of Plant Sciences and the crop research organisation NIAB , an internationally recognised centre for...

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Connecting recombination and diversity in plant genomes

Connecting recombination and diversity in plant genomes

17 September 2020

Meiosis is a special cell division that generates gametes required for sex. During meiosis, chromosomes undergo deliberate breakage and repair that can produce reciprocal crossovers and increases genetic diversity. However, as homologous chromosomes may also differ in their DNA sequence, these polymorphisms can feedback...

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New EMBO members elected

New EMBO members elected

7 July 2020

We are delighted to announce that Giles Oldroyd and Uta Paszkowski have been elected as EMBO members. Giles Oldroyd is the Russell R Geiger Professor of Crop Science and Director of the Crop Science Centre (a coalition of expertise between NIAB, the DPS and SLCU) and Group Leader at the SLCU. He leads a research team...

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Senior Academic Promotions 2020

Senior Academic Promotions 2020

25 June 2020

We are delighted to be able to announce the following promotions from 1 October for members of our academic staff: Personal Professorship Julia M Davies , Professor of Stress Signalling For her contributions to our understanding of the role of transport proteins, particularly in roots, in sensing environmental stresses and...

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Widespread face mask use study

Widespread face mask use study

11 June 2020

Even basic homemade masks significantly reduce transmission at a population level, according to latest modelling. Researchers call for information campaigns that encourage the making and wearing of facemasks. Population-wide use of facemasks keeps the coronavirus ‘reproduction number’ under 1.0, and prevents further waves...

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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