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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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Read more at: Researchers visualise for the first time the colonisation of plant roots by fungi in real time

Researchers visualise for the first time the colonisation of plant roots by fungi in real time

3 August 2021

A collaboration between researchers from the Department of Plant Sciences and the Sainsbury Laboratory has visualised the colonisation of plant roots by fungi in real time. This is the first time that this vital, 400-million-year-old process has been visualised in real time in full root systems of living plants. Almost all...

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Read more at: Improving Flowers to Help Feed the World screened at Bristol Science Film Festival

Improving Flowers to Help Feed the World screened at Bristol Science Film Festival

19 July 2021

The Department's PhD students Jake Moscrop and Hamish Symington's film Improving Flowers to Help Feed the World has been screened at the Bristol Science Film Festival . The festival aims to highlight and support the work of science film-makers. Jake and Hamish's film was shortlisted from more than 400 entries and screened...

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Read more at: New model developed by Professor Chris Gilligan's Group shows control measures needed post lockdown

New model developed by Professor Chris Gilligan's Group shows control measures needed post lockdown

5 July 2021

A new mathematical model developed by Professor Chris Gilligan's Epidemiology and Modelling Group indicates that the widespread use of control measures, such as facemasks, is vital to suppress the pandemic as lockdown lifts. The new model was developed in collaboration with scientists at the University of Liverpool and...

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Read more at: Researchers discover ancient protein domain

Researchers discover ancient protein domain

15 June 2021

New research led by the Crop Science Centre has discovered an ancient protein domain and a new symbiotic gene in the signalling pathways facilitating arbuscular mycorrhizal association. Published in PNAS on 15th June, the study characterises a symbiotic gene in rice called arbuscular receptor-like kinase 2 (ARK 2), as well...

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Professor Ian Henderson awarded highly competitive Bayer grant

8 June 2021

Professor Ian Henderson , Head of the Department’s Genetic and Epigenetic Inheritance in Plants Research Group, has been awarded a highly competitive Bayer Crop Science grant. Awarded to researchers with unique ideas on helping farmers protect their crops, the Grants4Ag 2021 include both financial support and scientific...

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Read more at: Dr Nik Cunniffe receives APS Syngenta Award

Dr Nik Cunniffe receives APS Syngenta Award

7 June 2021

The American Phytopathological Society has honoured Dr Nik Cunniffe Head of the Department’s Theoretical and Computational Epidemiology Group with the Syngenta Award for his outstanding contribution to teaching, research and extension in the field of plant pathology. The Syngenta award is one of a series of APS awards that...

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Read more at: Professor Chris Gilligan appointed to James Hutton Institute's Board of Directors

Professor Chris Gilligan appointed to James Hutton Institute's Board of Directors

2 June 2021

Professor Chris Gilligan , Head of the Department's Epidemiology and Modelling research group, has been appointed to the James Hutton Institute' s Board of Directors effective from the 1st June 2021. Professor Gilligan's current research is focused on establishing and testing a theoretical framework that identifies the...

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Read more at: Professor David Coomes Contributes to Landmark British Ecological Society Report

Professor David Coomes Contributes to Landmark British Ecological Society Report

12 May 2021

The British Ecological Society has launched a landmark report that offers, for the first time, a complete assessment of the potential of nature-based solutions to mitigate climate change and benefit biodiversity in the UK. The report , which brings together contributions from more than 100 experts, finds that nature-based...

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