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Plant Sciences Gates Cambridge Scholars Announced

5 May 2022

The Gates Cambridge Class of 2022 made up of 79 outstanding new scholars has been officially announced and we are delighted that two of these scholars are members of the Department of Plant Sciences, Anoop Tripathi (Molecular Physiology Group) and Daniel Ginzburg (Circadian Signal Transduction Group). Both Anoop's and...

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Read more at: Barley orders soil bacteria to manufacture ammonia fertiliser

Barley orders soil bacteria to manufacture ammonia fertiliser

27 April 2022

Researchers led by Professor Giles Oldroyd have accomplished a key step in the long-term ambition to engineer nitrogen-fixation into non-legume cereal crops by demonstrating that barley can instruct soil bacteria to convert nitrogen from the air into ammonia fertiliser. This development empowers non-legume crops to...

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Read more at: Professor David Coomes launches new Centre for Landscape Regeneration

Professor David Coomes launches new Centre for Landscape Regeneration

15 February 2022

Professor David Coomes, Head of the Department's Forest Ecology and Conservation Research Group and Director of the Conservation Research Institute , has been awarded £10 million in funding by NERC to create a new Centre for Landscape Regeneration in collaboration with Cambridge Zero and Cambridge Conservation Initiative...

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Read more at: Botanic Garden featured in BBC's The Green Planet series

Botanic Garden featured in BBC's The Green Planet series

19 January 2022

The acclaimed new BBC series The Green Planet has wowed viewers by showing plants as they've never been seen before. Using pioneering filming techniques, the series shows plants from their own perspectives and timescales, revealing that they are just as aggressive and competitive as animals are when it comes to the fight...

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Read more at: New grafting technique could combat disease threatening bananas

New grafting technique could combat disease threatening bananas

4 January 2022

Researchers from the Department have found a novel way to combine two species of grass-like plants, including banana, rice and wheat, using embryonic tissue from their seeds. The technique allows beneficial characteristics, such as disease resistance or stress tolerance, to be added to the plants. Grafting is the technique...

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Read more at: Controlled burning of natural environments could help offset carbon emissions

Controlled burning of natural environments could help offset carbon emissions

4 January 2022

Planting trees and suppressing wildfires does not necessarily maximise the carbon storage of natural ecosystems. A new study , published by Dr Adam Pellegrini, Head of the Department's Disturbance Ecology and Ecosystem Function Group , has found that prescribed burning can actually lock in or increase carbon in the soils...

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Read more at: Marble berry reveals secrets behind plant cell wall twisting

Marble berry reveals secrets behind plant cell wall twisting

13 December 2021

Plant cell walls are made of cellulose fibres laid down on top of each other like plywood. In many cells, each layer is laid down with a twist from the one before, but why? By measuring the properties of individual cells in the metallic fruit of the marble berry, Pollia condensata , researchers at the University, including...

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Read more at: Study shines a light into ‘black holes’ in the Arabidopsis genome

Study shines a light into ‘black holes’ in the Arabidopsis genome

12 November 2021

A new major study led by Professor Ian Henderson, Head of the Department’s Genetic and Epigenetic Inheritance in Plants Group , has sequenced the genome of the world’s most widely used model plant species, Arabidopsis thaliana, at a level of detail never previously achieved. Prior to this, challenging regions of the genome...

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Read more at: Wheat rust early warning system presented at COP26

Wheat rust early warning system presented at COP26

8 November 2021

A wheat rust early warning system developed by the Department’s Epidemiology and Modelling Group in collaboration with the Met Office, CIMMYT, EIAR and ATA has been presented at COP26 . Held in Glasgow, this year’s United Nations annual climate change summit is focused on the effects of climate change, including its impact...

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Read more at: Hungry caterpillars are contributing to carbon emissions

Hungry caterpillars are contributing to carbon emissions

5 November 2021

A study led by the Department's Ecosystems and Global Change Group has found that periodic mass outbreaks of leaf-munching caterpillars can improve the water quality of nearby lakes but may also increase the lakes’ carbon dioxide emissions. Outbreaks of caterpillars of invasive gypsy moths, Lymantria dispar dispar , and...

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