Category Archives: genetics

Shedding light on photosynthesis research

By Angela White Photosynthesis is a major target area for crop improvement. In July 2014, I caught up with three plant scientists researching photosynthesis to discover their latest findings, which were presented at the Society for Experimental Biology’s annual main … Continue reading

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The search for sustainable fish oil

Strategies to protect the marine environment range from fishing quotas to using concrete blocks as artificial reefs. Now, a field in Hertfordshire is the surprising home of an experiment to improve the health of our seas. In 2013, for the first … Continue reading

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Plant scientists assemble to address future challenges at UK PlantSci 2014

By Anna Tiley One of the defining aspects of doing a BBSRC funded doctoral training partnership (DTP) PhD is the opportunity to do a 3 month placement to gain experience outside of the lab. I have recently started my placement … 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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How I discovered ash dieback (and what we’re doing about it)

“I was devastated when I realised the disease had arrived in the UK because I had heard about how ash dieback had affected parts of Europe,” says Dr Anne Edwards of the John Innes Centre (JIC), an institute which receives … Continue reading

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Video: new facilities for plant research in the UK

The new multi-million pound National Plant Phenomics Centre (NPPC) is a unique facility within the UK for agricultural and horticultural research. Thousands of plants’ physical characteristics are automatically measured on a cyber-industrial scale and recorded digitally. The subjects researchers will … 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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Your plant science questions answered

By Rebecca Nesbit So many issues in plant science (and indeed in science in general) don’t have the simple answers we expect. Organic farming can cause environmental damage, GM crops have potential to increase food security, and some biofuels can … Continue reading

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