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Department of Plant Sciences

Taster practical lab day in Plant Sciences

On Thursday June 30 the Virology group and Teaching Lab hosted 34 sixth form students from Northern Ireland as part of the University’s Open Day to encourage applications to Cambridge.  The visitors used RT-PCR reactions and immunodiagnostic kits to detect virus infection in plants, observed movement of GFP-expressing tobacco mosaic virus through host plants, interactions of aphids with cucumber mosaic virus-infected plants and used microscopes to observe a range of algal species.

Organized by Alex Murphy and Adrienne Pate and the Teaching Lab team Barbara Landamore and Iona Kendall, with Trisna Tungadi, Ana Bravo, Sanjie Jiang, and Chay Halliwell demonstrating techniques in plant-virus, plant-aphid, and plant-pollinator interactions and Louisa Norman (Smith group) providing algal samples.