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People of Science

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Dec 05, 2019.

Professor Ottoline Leyser talks to Professor Brian Cox about her admiration for Nobel Prize winning geneticist, Barbara McClintock and explains the two great principles she uncovered.

Invisible world within our waters

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Nov 22, 2019.

Overlap in lateral root and nodule development brings self-fertilising cereals one step closer

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Nov 16, 2019.

A vision of creating crops that do not need chemical fertilisers is one step closer thanks to the recent discovery that a substantial overlap exists in the developmental programmes plants use for lateral roots and nitrogen-fixing nodules.

Hinchingbrooke School solves botanical crime scene

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Nov 15, 2019.

We were delighted to welcome Sixth Form students from Hinchingbrooke School to SLCU this week to meet our scientists and solve a botanic-inspired crime.

Mix of LCOs and COs essential for mycorrhizal establishment

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Nov 07, 2019.

An international collaboration of scientists working to optimise arbuscular mycorrhizal associations to improve sustainability in agriculture has demonstrated new insights into how signalling pathways promote symbiotic microbial associations with plants.

Revealing the nanostructure of wood could help raise height limits for wooden skyscrapers

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Oct 22, 2019.

Cambridge researchers have captured the visible nanostructure of wood in its live hydrated state for the first time using an advanced low-temperature scanning electron microscope.

Network and genetic analyses reveal 32 cambium transcription factors

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Oct 15, 2019.

A comprehensive analysis of the transcription factors (TF) that play in the vascular cambium has boosted our understanding of the underlying transcriptional regulation in this important plant meristem through the discovery of 32 cambium TFs.

Plant scientists gather in Cambridge to advance collaborations in global food security research

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Oct 15, 2019.

Plant scientists gather in Cambridge to advance collaborations in global food security research.

Big Biology Day 2019

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Oct 14, 2019.

Seeds, Bees and Pollen was the theme at this year's hands-on exhibition run jointly by the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) and Cambridge University Botanic Garden (CUBG) at Big Biology Day.

Gathering to remember Aleix Gorchs Rovira and Greg Mellers

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Oct 02, 2019.

Drought stress triggers Rider retrotransposons

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Sep 16, 2019.

Once dismissed as ‘junk DNA’ that served no purpose, a family of ‘jumping genes’ found in tomatoes has the potential to accelerate crop breeding for traits such as improved drought resistance.

Food of the Future: free online course launched to inspire the next generation of scientists

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Aug 30, 2019.

A new, free online course aimed at 16-19 year olds across Europe, funded by EIT Food and developed by the Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme (GPSEP) at the University of Cambridge alongside international partners, aims to inspire young people to study science so they can help to create food of the future.

How plants coordinate their biological clocks

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Aug 15, 2019.

New research from James Locke's group shows that clocks in plant seedlings can self-organise without a master.

Engineering new rhizosphere signalling networks to produce crops that need less fertiliser

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Jul 31, 2019.

An interdisciplinary research collaboration between SLCU and the University of Oxford has engineered a novel synthetic plant-microbe signalling pathway that could provide the foundation for transferring nitrogen fixation to cereals.

Russell R. Geiger Professor of Crop Science

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

Giles Oldroyd announced as Professor of Crop Science at 3CS

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Jul 23, 2019.

The University of Cambridge has elected Giles Oldroyd to the Russel R Geiger Professorship of Crop Science, leading the Cambridge Centre for Crop Science (3CS), which is a partnership between the University of Cambridge and NIAB.

Ancestral deterrence strategy protects land plants from microbial infection

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Jul 11, 2019.

Scientists at Sainsbury Laboratory have uncovered striking similarities in how two distantly related plants defend against pathogens despite splitting from their common ancestor more than 400 million years ago.

New research team joins SLCU

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Jun 25, 2019.

Dr Sarah Robinson has joined the SLCU research leadership team and will head a new research group focused on investigating the mechanical properties of plants associated with growth.

Creating value from waste

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on Jun 14, 2019.

SLCU researchers discover gene that could help us grow crops faster

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Jun 10, 2019.

Plant scientists at SLCU and the University of Bordeaux have discovered a gene that they hope can be used to widen a nutrient trafficking bottleneck and potentially increase crop yields.

Enemy at the gates

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on May 22, 2019.

The Schornack team has discovered that increasing the activity of a single gene can increase a plant’s resistance to blight at its first line of defence — the epidermis.

Don't miss these sustainable food events

From Department of Plant Sciences. Published on May 08, 2019.

New insights into how bud-bud communication influences branching

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Mar 28, 2019.

New insights into how buds communicate with each other through the dynamic auxin transport network have been published by SLCU plant scientists.

Plant Science Educator selected for Antarctic expedition

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Mar 27, 2019.

Alex Jenkin, project manager at the Gatsby Plant Science Education Programme (GPSEP), a team administered by the Sainsbury Laboratory, has been selected to join an international group of 95 women in science on a three-week expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula.

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.

SLCU welcomes new Research Group Leader

From Sainsbury Laboratory. Published on Feb 11, 2019.

SLCU is delighted to welcome Dr François Nédélec to the join its research leadership team.

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.

Making use of waste...

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

Plants can make lakes gassy

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

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.

Duons that regulate the spatial patterning of gene expression in plants

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

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.

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.

Botanic gardens 'key to saving plants'

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


CambPlants is an umbrella organisation for those involved in plant-related research at the University of Cambridge, and the point of contact for external interested parties. We provide support for impact and translation activities – be that public engagement, industry collaboration, or informing policy. We help build relationships within the university and facilitate new interdisciplinary collaborations, as well as engaging with industry. Contact us to keep updated with the latest news or share information.