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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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Read more at: New discovery will facilitate future engineering of nitrogen fixation into cereals

New discovery will facilitate future engineering of nitrogen fixation into cereals

1 November 2021

New study by the Department's Professor Giles Oldroyd and Jian Feng shows how legume cells in the nodule transition into the nitrogen-fixing state control multiple different mechanisms, which support bacteria inside the nodules and the enzyme nitrogenase necessary for nitrogen fixation. Legumes engage with nitrogen fixing...

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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: How do pathogens evolve novel virulence activities and why does it matter?

How do pathogens evolve novel virulence activities and why does it matter?

10 September 2021

Understanding how pathogens evolve is a fundamental component of learning how to protect ourselves and our world from pests and diseases. Yet we are constantly underestimating pathogen evolution such as in the case of the Covid-19 pandemic, which some believed had been conquered until the arrival of the Delta variant...

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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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