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Read more at: Listening from afar: a hands-off approach to monitoring biodiversity
Sarab Sethi and colleague in the forest canopy

Listening from afar: a hands-off approach to monitoring biodiversity

14 September 2022

A new, hands-off approach to monitoring biodiversity is saving time and money, and helping to identify sites where intervention is most needed. Close your eyes and imagine the sounds on a busy city street. Now imagine the sounds in a forest. Even if you can’t identify specific noises in the mix, the overall sound has...


Read more at: Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser awarded Royal Society’s Croonian Medal and Lecture
Professor Ottoline Leyser

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser awarded Royal Society’s Croonian Medal and Lecture

24 August 2022

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser FRS, Regius Professor of Botany in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, and Chief Executive Officer of UK Research and Innovation, has been awarded the Royal Society’s 2023 Croonian Medal and Lecture. Presented for ‘ playing a central role in two of the most important...


Read more at: Natural clean-up: bacteria can remove plastic pollution from lakes
Study lake in Norway

Natural clean-up: bacteria can remove plastic pollution from lakes

28 July 2022

A study of 29 European lakes has found that some naturally-occurring lake bacteria grow faster and more efficiently on the remains of plastic bags than on natural matter like leaves and twigs. The bacteria break down the carbon compounds in plastic to use as food for their growth. The scientists say that enriching waters...


Read more at: Cambridge University Herbarium Gains National Significance Accolade
Herbarium entry, one side has a large painting of a yellow flower. The other samples of the flower heads.

Cambridge University Herbarium Gains National Significance Accolade

30 May 2022

The Herbarium has been officially awarded Designated status by the Arts Council England This award recognises the Herbarium's natural history collections as being of great historical and scientific importance for the country. Established in 1761 it holds an estimated 1.1 million plant specimens from all over the world...


Read more at: Plant Sciences Gates Cambridge Scholars Announced
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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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...