Author Archives: Mimi Tanimoto

About Mimi Tanimoto

Mimi Tanimoto received her PhD in plant genetics from the University of York, where she studied the mechanisms by which plant hormones control growth and development. She continued to pursue her interest in plant developmental genetics, carrying out postdoctoral research at the University of California Berkeley and the University of Guelph, Canada. Currently Mimi is employed as the Executive Officer of the UK Plant Sciences Federation, based at the Royal Society of Biology in London. Any views expressed in Mimi's articles are her own.

Highlights from UK PlantSci 2015

Over 135 plant scientists, policymakers and educators from across the UK and further afield came together for the fourth annual UK PlantSci conference, held at Harper Adams University on 14th and 15th April. The meeting hosted a diverse programme of … Continue reading

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UK set to celebrate Fascination of Plants Day 2015

Preparations are now well on their way for the third international Fascination of Plants Day. Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) was launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) to encourage people around the world to celebrate … Continue reading

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Can we afford to lose what Kew has to offer?

On Wednesday 17th December the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee held an evidence session addressing announcements made by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew earlier this year about its £5m “budget gap”. Kew is currently going through a staff … Continue reading

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UK risks losing out without improved investment in plant science

Today, the report UK Plant Science: Current status and future challenges is launched by the UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF), a special interest group of the Society of Biology. The report reveals that the UK’s position as a world leader … Continue reading

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UKPSF reaction to the UK Agri-Tech Strategy

Today the Government announced its £160 million Agri-Tech strategy. The UK has some of the world’s leading agricultural scientists, and we are pleased that the Government has chosen to invest in their work. The challenges facing global agriculture are huge … Continue reading

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A sneak preview of UK PlantSci 2013

By Mimi Tanimoto While we tie up the final plans for this year’s UK PlantSci meeting, I thought I would share a sneak preview of what’s in store for the second annual  conference of the UK Plant Sciences Federation, taking … Continue reading

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What to trees and pancakes have in common?

By Mimi Tanimoto This year “Ash Wednesday” took on a whole new meaning for me. Instead of experiencing the feelings of regret over the number of pancakes I’d eaten the night before, or deliberating over what I should give up … Continue reading

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Scientists question validity of French GM food study

By Mimi Tanimoto This week saw another controversy in the media over the safety of genetically modified (GM) food. A group of researchers led by Gilles-Eric Séralini at the University of Caen in France published a paper in Food and … Continue reading

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New visions for GM crops – but are old views deep-rooted?

By Mimi Tanimoto After something of a hiatus in the media, genetically modified (GM) crops are hitting the headlines once again. Earlier this summer a team of scientists at Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire began field trials on GM wheat plants … Continue reading

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Breeding change in UK crop improvement

By Mimi Tanimoto For me, June’s highlights were two plant breeding events that I had the chance to attend, where I met members of the UK’s crop breeding community and learned more about this multimillion-pound industry. The first of these … Continue reading

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