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Women at Cambridge

Women at Cambridge

5 March 2014

Our own Suzy Stoodley appears in the University's new book ( The Meaning of Success: Insights from Women at Cambridge ) celebrating successful female staff which is being launched today. Suzy epitomises the Department's tradition of industry, camaraderie and modesty; she combines her work with raising three sons. The book...

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New initiative for synthetic biology in plants

New initiative for synthetic biology in plants

30 January 2014

Plant scientists at Cambridge and Norwich have been awarded £12 million funding for a new UK synthetic biology centre – OpenPlant. OpenPlant is a collaboration between the University of Cambridge and the John Innes Centre on Norwich Research Park. The funding will be shared equally between the two institutions. It is one...

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The Importance of Promiscuity

The Importance of Promiscuity

17 January 2014

New research published in Science reveals how a critical plant transcription factor has undergone radical evolutionary change in DNA binding specificity. Combining high-throughout sequencing, crystallographic analysis and phylogenetic reconstruction, the authors show that the DNA binding mode of LEAFY, a central regulator...

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Baulcombe to receive first McClintock Prize

Baulcombe to receive first McClintock Prize

20 December 2013

Athens, Ga. – Sir David C. Baulcombe, University of Cambridge, U.K., is the first recipient of the McClintock Prize for Plant Genetics and Genome Studies awarded by the Maize Genetics Executive Committee. The announcement was made Dec. 18 by Jeff Bennetzen, chair of the committee and the Norman and Doris Giles Professor of...

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Research Day 2013

Research Day 2013

18 December 2013

Department of Plant Sciences Research Day 2013 brought thought provoking and enjoyable presentations by the heads of groups, ranging from computer modelling to ecology. The 2nd and 3rd year graduate students were asked to present posters on their research which they were able to discuss during the breaks and later, at the...

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Studies in concentration

Studies in concentration

9 December 2013

Nick and Chandra get talked about Nothing new there, you might think. But two papers published recently by Nick Owen and Chandra Bellasio, postgrads in the Physiological Ecology Group, have both attracted editorial commentaries in their respective journals. Annie Borland and Xiaohan Yang (New Phytologist (2013) 200: 946–...

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Viruses make plants too spicy for aphids

Viruses make plants too spicy for aphids

6 December 2013

Plant-infecting viruses cause severe crop losses. Most of these viruses are carried between plants by insects- especially by aphids. The Virology group at the Department of Plant Sciences found that an important crop-infecting virus, cucumber mosaic virus, changes the way that Arabidopsis thaliana plants taste to aphids by...

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The Consequence of Tree Pests and Diseases for Ecosystem Services

The Consequence of Tree Pests and Diseases for Ecosystem Services

15 November 2013

Chris Gilligan has contributed to a paper published in Science doi: 10.1126/science.1235773 Science 15 November 2013: Vol. 342 no. 6160 Trees and forests provide a wide variety of ecosystem services in addition to timber, food, and other provisioning services. New approaches to pest and disease management are needed that...

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Microclimate moderates plant responses to macroclimate warming

Microclimate moderates plant responses to macroclimate warming

14 November 2013

David Coomes' group have contributed to a paper published in PNAS ( doi: 10.1073/pnas.1311190110 PNAS October 28, 2013) showing that the microclimate in dense forests can buffer the effects of climate warming on understorey plants. Buffering effects The cool microclimate in dense forests has buffered the effects of climate...

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Researchers show how plants tell the time

Researchers show how plants tell the time

22 October 2013

Published in Nature magazine, an article authored by researchers in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, led by Dr Alex Webb, describes how sugars produced by photosynthesis set the time of the internal body clock of plants.

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