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Measuring crossovers with fluorescent pollen

Measuring crossovers with fluorescent pollen

11 October 2013

The Henderson laboratory have published a paper in Nature Protocols describing measurement of crossover recombination using flow cytometry of fluorescent pollen, in collaboration with the laboratory of Greg Copenhaver (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). The major advantage to this protocol is that 50,000 pollen...

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BBSRC 4-year PhD Programme in Biosciences

BBSRC 4-year PhD Programme in Biosciences

7 October 2013

Applications are now invited for studentships beginning in October 2014 Closing date: Tuesday 3rd December 2013 The University of Cambridge is offering up to 25 four-year BBSRC-funded studentships starting in October 2014. A wide range of projects is available across 19 world-class departments and research institutes under...

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The convergence of Mathematics, Evolution and Food Security

The convergence of Mathematics, Evolution and Food Security

1 October 2013

In the new journal eLife , Williams, Johnston, Covshoff and Hibberd report a new mathematical approach that provides a theoretical understanding of how one of the most complex traits in biology evolved. They studied the highly efficient C4 photosynthetic pathway that allows increased crop productivity, and developed a...

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Physiological basis of crop improvement and agronomic development

Physiological basis of crop improvement and agronomic development

26 September 2013

Celestin Ukozehasi has been invited to speak in Nairobi on 3rd October. You can view the live link through www.worldagroforestry.org/livestream starting 09:30hrs Kenyan time. Seminar Title: Physiological basis of crop improvement and agronomic development Plant breeding for improved productivity and environmental stress...

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Recombination hotspots in plants

Recombination hotspots in plants

23 September 2013

Ian Henderson and colleagues report in Nature Genetics the fine-scale mapping of recombination rates in Arabidopsis thaliana . They find enrichment of recombination hot spots overlapping gene promoters which are associated with specific chromatin marks and DNA sequence motifs. Application of these findings may be used to...

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Predicting the spread of forest regeneration in response to deer management

Predicting the spread of forest regeneration in response to deer management

18 September 2013

Increasing deer populations threaten the conservation of many different habitats, but predicting the outcomes of management to control their impacts is difficult because vegetation changes slowly and can follow different trajectories. One approach to overcome this challenge is to develop models that predict the responses...

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Plants and soil microbes respond to recent warming on the Antarctic Peninsula

Plants and soil microbes respond to recent warming on the Antarctic Peninsula

12 September 2013

Increases in temperature on the Antarctic Peninsula during the latter part of the 20th century were accompanied by an acceleration in moss growth, scientists have learned. Writing in the journal Current Biology they describe the activity as unprecedented in the last 150 years. The Peninsula sustains moss banks some of...

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News from the Davies group

News from the Davies group

18 July 2013

Dr Stéphanie Swarbreck has returned from maternity leave to take up a Broodbank Fellowship. This appointment follows on from the award of an EU Marie Curie Re-Integration Fellowship, with additional funding from the Newton Trust. Stéphanie will continue her research on signalling in root-root interactions. Her latest paper...

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Dr Fernan Federici's confocal photos deemed 'extremely pretty'

Dr Fernan Federici's confocal photos deemed 'extremely pretty'

11 July 2013

Gizmodo's Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan has written about Fernan's confocal microscope images: http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2013/07/10-extreme-and-extremely-pretty-close-ups-of-bacteria-and-plants/ If you want to see more of them, Fernan has a Flikr account . Fernan is a Post Doctoral Research Associate in Prof. Jim Haseloff's...

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News from the Glover Lab.

News from the Glover Lab.

10 July 2013

Herschel-Smith Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Edwige Moyroud The fellowship is for 3 years. The projects aims at understanding how living organisms build photonic structures that generate structural colours. Using the tools Edwige recently developed for Hibiscus, she will specifically try to understand how the interplay...

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