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Extracellular vesicles and membrane tubules at the symbiotic interface

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Feb 18, 2019.

Why are some places so species-rich?

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Feb 13, 2019.

Farmer training outreach in Uganda

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Jan 25, 2019.

Noisy gene atlas to help reveal how plants ‘hedge their bets’ in race for survival

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Jan 24, 2019.

As parents of identical twins will tell you, they are never actually identical, even though they have the same genes. This is also true in the plant world. Now, new research by Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) is helping to explain why ‘twin’ plants, with identical genes, grown in identical environments continue to display unique characteristics all of their own.

New insights for cloudforest epiphyte distribution and diversity

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Jan 23, 2019.

Plant Receptor-Like Kinase controls completion of fungal life cycle in symbiosis

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Jan 15, 2019.

How trees and turnips grow fatter – researchers unlock the secrets of radial growth

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Jan 09, 2019.

Plant science researchers from SLCU and the University of Helsinki have identified key regulatory networks controlling how plants grow ‘outwards’, which could help us to grow trees to be more efficient carbon sinks and increase vegetable crop yields.

SLCU helps reveal another layer in the strigolactone signalling pathway

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Nov 23, 2018.

An interdisciplinary collaboration between structural biologists and plant scientists has revealed another layer in the signalling pathway of strigolactone – a plant hormone that plays a key role in shoot branching and other plant development processes.

Circadian clock imparts continuous control over the timing of cell division

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Nov 15, 2018.

SLCU researchers have demonstrated that the circadian clock is more complex than a simple ‘on-off switch’ when it comes to controlling cell division.

Isaac Newton Trust funding awarded

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Nov 14, 2018.

Groundbreaking research results in grant

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Nov 07, 2018.

SLCU recognised for commitment to gender equality

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Oct 25, 2018.

Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) has been recognised for its ongoing commitment to gender equality by achieving a Silver Award under the Athena SWAN Charter.

Current Biology Q&A with Giles Oldroyd

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Oct 18, 2018.

Current Biology recently interviewed Giles Oldroyd about his research and goals in science and life.

SecretSanta: A new tool for deciphering the secret language of cell-to-cell communication

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Oct 02, 2018.

Plant biomathematicians at the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) have developed a new tool that enables them to listen in on cell-to-environment conversations. The tool’s wide-ranging application means it could help speed-up the development of strategies to combat plant and animal pathogens.

Digging into lake microbiomes

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Sep 14, 2018.

Role of plants in farming future

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Jul 30, 2018.

SLCU's Director Ottoline Leyser & SLCU Group Leader Giles Oldroyd discuss opportunities plants will provide for the future of agriculture on BBC 4's Today programme.

GM crop ruling shows why the EU's laws are wholly inadequate

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Jul 28, 2018.

SLCU Director Ottoline Leyser examines the European Court of Justice's recent ruling on genetically modified crops in her feature for The Conversation.

Behind the scenes with our researchers

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Jul 19, 2018.

Go behind the scenes with SLCU researcher Dr Annalisa Rizza to find out about her work.

SLCU Director presented OlChemIn Award 2018

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Jul 09, 2018.

SLCU Director, Professor Ottoline Leyser, was presented with the OlChemIn Award 2018 in recognition of her outstanding research on plant hormones.

Making use of waste...

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Jun 25, 2018.

Edwige Moyroud awarded Linnean Society Bicentenary Medal

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on May 24, 2018.

Dr Edwige Moyroud has been honoured by the Linnean Society of London with the 2018 Bicentenary Medal for her discoveries on the evolution and development of nanoscale architecture in flower petals.

Elliot Meyerowitz awarded prestigious Gruber Prize

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on May 14, 2018.

Professor Elliot Meyerowitz has been awarded the 2018 Gruber Genetics Prize by the Gruber Foundation for his "groundbreaking work in identifying the basic regulatory and biochemical mechanisms underlying the development of plants."

Plants can make lakes gassy

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on May 08, 2018.

HFSP funding to investigate cellular growth and stresses in plants

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Apr 11, 2018.

SLCU's Professor Henrik Jönsson is part of an international collaboration that has received funding from the Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) to develop the first integrated model in plants investigating the effects from cellular growth and stresses on nuclear shape and genetic activity.

Research shows first land plants were parasitised by microbes

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Apr 03, 2018.

Sainsbury Laboratory researchers have found that the relationship between plants and filamentous microbes not only dates back millions of years, but that modern plants have maintained this ancient mechanism to accommodate and respond to microbial invaders.

Rare mineral discovered in plants for first time

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Mar 05, 2018.

A rare mineral that holds enticing potential as a new material for industrial and medical applications has been discovered on alpine plants through a collaboration between Sainsbury Laboratory and Cambridge University Botanic Garden.

Control fast or control smart? When should epidemics be controlled?

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Feb 22, 2018.

Genetic engineering of super-recombining plants to accelerate crop improvement

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Feb 21, 2018.

Plants feel the heat

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Feb 13, 2018.

Sainsbury Laboratory scientists have solved a 79-year-old mystery by discovering how plants vary their response to heat stress depending on the time of day.

Duons that regulate the spatial patterning of gene expression in plants

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Feb 07, 2018.

Fast-talking plants increase flower production within 24-hours of soil nutrient application

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Jan 24, 2018.

The molecular mechanisms enabling plants to quickly adapt their rate of flower production in response to changing nutrient levels in soil have been revealed by researchers at the Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge.

Re-wiring cells by crossing kingdoms

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Jan 22, 2018.

Game-changing synthetic biology developments that could help address global health and agriculture challenges will be examined at a three-day international synthetic biology symposium at the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, this spring (16-18 April 2018).

New discovery reveals how plants regulate cell division

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Dec 07, 2017.

SLCU's newest Group Leader introduces himself

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Dec 07, 2017.

Changing the face of Indian farming

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Oct 26, 2017.

Halo, is it bee you’re looking for?

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Oct 20, 2017.

Of bees, blue halos and spaghetti

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Oct 19, 2017.

Disorder in convergent floral nanostructures enhances signalling to bees

A concentrated issue for the Griffiths' group

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Oct 18, 2017.

New curator for the Herbarium

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Oct 12, 2017.

Hormone gradients visualised using a new fluorescent biosensor

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Oct 04, 2017.

Botanic gardens 'key to saving plants'

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Sep 27, 2017.

How to breathe well: new insights into stomatal mechanics in leaves

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Sep 26, 2017.

Introducing SLCU's newest Group Leader- in her own words

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Sep 22, 2017.

Trade-offs between farming and nature

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Aug 11, 2017.

Change (your seed size) fast and multiply

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Jul 28, 2017.

Thriving in a tough environment

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Jul 24, 2017.

Botany School building Grade 2 listed

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Jul 19, 2017.

Major funding for new crop sciences research centre announced

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Jul 11, 2017.

Big leaf, small niche

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Jul 06, 2017.

Lab taster day for sixth-form students

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Jun 30, 2017.

Modelling coinfection to inform management of maize lethal necrosis in Kenya

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Jun 21, 2017.

Beyond Arabidopsis – Pioneering microscopy techniques and Botanic Garden expertise reveal the inner workings of Saxifraga plants

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Jun 14, 2017.

New research reveals the science behind a silver lining – SLCU researchers and CU Botanic Garden staff combine forces to discover the how and why behind the Saxifraga’s silver-white crust.

It takes two to tango

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on May 30, 2017.

Wheat roots respond to the presence of neighbours

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on May 25, 2017.

Widespread ecological changes in Antarctica

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on May 19, 2017.

SLCU gets ready for the Festival of Plants

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on May 16, 2017.

Can we improve crop photosynthesis to feed the world sustainably? A lecture by Prof Steve Long as well as tours, talks and activities mark SLCU's involvement in the upcoming Festival of Plants on 20 May.

Risk-based management of plant disease

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Mar 28, 2017.

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