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Read more at: Alumni stories: Jen Bromley

Alumni stories: Jen Bromley

8 July 2024

Studying Plant Sciences at Cambridge can open up a wealth of career opportunities. In this series, we hear from Plant Sciences alumni about their experiences of studying here, how it shaped their careers and what they are doing now. If you would like your alumni story featured, please email us at alumni@plantsci.cam.ac.uk...


Read more at: Alumni stories: Robert Bradburne
Robert Bradburne during invertebrate monitoring in a stream near Exeter with the local team

Alumni stories: Robert Bradburne

2 July 2024

Studying Plant Sciences at Cambridge can open up a wealth of career opportunities. In this series, we hear from Plant Sciences alumni about their experiences of studying here, how it shaped their careers and what they are doing now. If you would like your alumni story featured, please email us at alumni@plantsci.cam.ac.uk...


Read more at: No evidence that England’s new ‘biodiversity boost’ planning policy will help birds or butterflies
Researchers assess woodland condition at Alice Holt Forest

No evidence that England’s new ‘biodiversity boost’ planning policy will help birds or butterflies

28 June 2024

A new legal requirement for developers to demonstrate a biodiversity boost in planning applications could make a more meaningful impact on nature recovery if improvements are made to the way nature’s value is calculated, say researchers at the University of Cambridge. The study led by Dr Cicely Marshall , a member of the...


Read more at: Pioneering Cambridge botanist remembered with a blue plaque and a new PhD prize
Agnes Arber plaque unveiling at the Botanic Garden with Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith, Penny Heath, Lucy Pollard and Cllr Baiju Thittala Varkey

Pioneering Cambridge botanist remembered with a blue plaque and a new PhD prize

10 June 2024

This year the Department of Plant Sciences is celebrating 300 years since the appointment of the first Professor of Botany at Cambridge. As part of the celebrations, pioneering Cambridge botanist, Agnes Arber is being remembered with a blue plaque and a new PhD prize. Agnes Arber (1879 – 1960) was a plant morphologist and...


Read more at: Rainforest wildlife under threat as below-canopy temperatures rise
David Edwards on a field trip in the tropical rain forest in Borneo

Rainforest wildlife under threat as below-canopy temperatures rise

3 June 2024

Assumptions that tropical forest canopies protect from the effects of climate change are unfounded, say researchers A new study, co-authored by Professor David Edwards , head of the Tropical Ecology and Conservation group, shows that crucial strongholds for biodiversity are under threat as temperatures are rising in...


Read more at: Two Department of Plant Sciences academics awarded prestigious European Research Council Advanced Grants
Beverley Glover and Ian Henderson

Two Department of Plant Sciences academics awarded prestigious European Research Council Advanced Grants

12 April 2024

Two Department of Plant Sciences academics awarded prestigious European Research Council Advanced Grants The funding provides leading senior researchers with the opportunity to pursue ambitious, curiosity-driven projects that could lead to major scientific breakthroughs. ‘Many congratulations to Beverley and Ian... It is...


Read more at: Cambridge partnership set to prepare and protect Central and West African countries against epidemics of virus diseases in banana and cassava through new investment
Banana cultivation in Benin, West Africa

Cambridge partnership set to prepare and protect Central and West African countries against epidemics of virus diseases in banana and cassava through new investment

2 April 2024

Cambridge partnership set to prepare and protect Central and West African countries against epidemics of virus diseases in banana and cassava through new investment Researchers in the Epidemiology and Modelling Group join a new international programme aimed at increasing the resilience of 10 Central and West African...


Read more at: Gap year job opportunity: Temporary Technician Post

Gap year job opportunity: Temporary Technician Post

15 March 2024

Gap year job opportunity: Temporary Technician Post Purpose of the role: To assist with the preparation of Undergraduate practical classes in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge. Key responsibilities: Assist with pre paration of laboratory consumables, dispensing solutions and setting up student...


Read more at: A “bright” new map of the bryophyte development
Confocal image of Marchantia meristem displaying multiple fluorescent reporters from the promoter collection

A “bright” new map of the bryophyte development

28 February 2024

A “bright” new map of the bryophyte development All plants on land undergo a unique reproductive cycle, alternating between generations. Unlike vascular plants, bryophytes—a group encompassing liverworts, mosses, and hornworts—feature a dominant haploid phase, with only one copy of each chromosome. This fundamental...


Read more at: Celebrating the 300th anniversary of the first Professor of Botany
Portraits of Bablington, Marshall Ward and current Professor of botany Ottloline Leyser

Celebrating the 300th anniversary of the first Professor of Botany

22 January 2024

Celebrating the 300th anniversary of the first Professor of Botany at Cambridge 2024 marks the three-hundredth anniversary of the appointment of the first Professor of Botany at Cambridge, and will be a year of celebration for the department. Three hundred years ago the study of botany, or plant sciences as it has since...