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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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Helen Holmes wins prize

Helen Holmes wins prize

10 July 2013

One of our Postgraduate students, Helen Holmes, has recently won best poster at the UK Federation of Plant Sciences Meeting in April : At the PlantSci 2013 conference in Dundee this April I enjoyed the presentations, met some great people and was really pleased to come away with the poster prize. Thanks to the UK Plant...

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Can plants keep time?

Can plants keep time?

2 July 2013

On Thursday 23rd May Dr Alex Webb was interviewed by The Naked Scientist on plants daily rhythms and how they affect the way they grow and also how they transport nutrients. Read the interview and listen to the podcast at : http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/content/interviews/interview/1000239/

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Defra Careers in Science talk

Defra Careers in Science talk

28 June 2013

On 20 th June, Dr Robert Bradburne, Head of Science in the Sustainable Land Management and Livestock Farming team at Defra, visited the department. He gave a talk and led a discussion with graduate students about working as a scientist in government, and about the role of science in policy making. This visit followed a...

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David Coomes promoted to Reader

David Coomes promoted to Reader

19 June 2013

David Baulcombe is pleased to announce that David Coomes has been promoted to Reader. Congratulations to David for this well deserved recognition of his excellent contributions in research, teaching and generally to the University.

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Tim Rudge and Fernan Federici hit the headlines

Tim Rudge and Fernan Federici hit the headlines

10 June 2013

Tim Rudge and Fernan Federici have been noticed by Scientific American for their images of bacterial growth patterns. Their paper was recently published in ACS Synthetic Biology, showing how complex fractal patterns in colonies of E. coli emerge simply from the physical interactions of rod shaped cells. http://blogs...

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Ash dieback, caused by the Chalara fungus, prompts re-evaluation of current protocols to protect UK trees and other plants

Ash dieback, caused by the Chalara fungus, prompts re-evaluation of current protocols to protect UK trees and other plants

30 May 2013

Taskforce recommends threats to plant health be taken as seriously as animal disease

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