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4 Key Takeaways from Cereals 2019

Taking a group of University of Cambridge academics – from the departments of Plant Sciences, Geography and Land Economy – to Cereals 2019 was a fascinating and revealing clash of cultures. We spend so much time in our respective bubbles, it is always healthy to get exposure to the other worlds – attending the largest farming show in the country did just that!

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YIF learned about potato and onion storage at Elveden Estates

The Young Innovators' Forum (YIF) visited Elveden Estates on 10 October. Read on to see what one of the participants, Roxanne Sicat from the Department of Plant Sciences, thought about the visit.

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Rising Path opens at Cambridge University Botanic Garden

CambPlants was invited to the press preview of the 'Rising Path' at the Botanic Garden for a chance to see the new feature designed to offer a fresh perspective on the Garden's Systematic Beds. The feature opened to the public on Saturday 22 September.

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Interview with Varinderpal Singh

CambPlants met with CINTRIN partner Varinderpal Singh from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to speak about his work on the PAU-Leaf Colour Chart (PAU-LCC), which is a breakthrough technology providing a decision-support system to sustain high yields with optimum nitrogen dose in field crops. Varinderpal has spent the past five months in Cambridge, working as a visiting researcher at NIAB.

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Dr Uta Paszkowski interviewed by Cambridge Global Food Security

Dr Uta Paszkowski interviewed by Cambridge Global Food Security

Dr Uta Paszkowski from the Department of Plant Sciences is featured in the Cambridge Global Food Security “Meet the Researcher” series, where she speaks about her research that focusses on understanding the communication mechanisms involved in symbiosis of cereal crops including rice and maize.

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Annual meeting of the Botanic Gardens Education Network in Cambridge

The Botanic Gardens Education Network (bgen) is a specialist support and training network for professionals working in education related to plants and the natural world. They will have their annual meeting at the Botanic Garden and SLCU in November 2018.

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Want to learn more about gametophyte fern photography?

Jennifer Deegan, a visiting researcher at the Department of Plant Sciences, tells us about her photography project.

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Role of plants in future agriculture

The Director of the Sainsbury Laboratory Ottoline Leyser and Giles Oldroyd, a Group Leader at SLCU, discussed the opportunities plants will provide for the future of agriculture on BBC 4's Today programme.

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Training farmers in rural Uganda on good agricultural practices

Warren Arinaitwe, a Cambridge-Africa scholar at the Department of Plant Sciences, tells us about his experience in training farmers in Uganda on common bean and passion fruit production in April 2018.

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EU ruling on crop production has a “deep logical flaw”

EU ruling on crop production has a “deep logical flaw”

There is a “deep logical flaw” in the new ruling by the European Court of Justice in its attempt to draw a line between natural and artificial in crop production, says Professor Ottoline Leyser, the Director of Sainsbury Lab at the University of Cambridge.

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Registration now open for course on algal biotechnology

Registration now open for course on algal biotechnology

The University of Cambridge Algal Innovation Centre (AIC) will run a two-day professional training course on Algal Biotechnology Techniques and Opportunities for the Sustainable Bioeconomy in September.

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SLCU Director presented the OlChemIn Award 2018

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

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Making use of brine wash for algae

Making use of brine wash for algae

Algae shown to grow on excess nitrates sourced from local drinking water company.

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Cereals 2018 - Impressions from the arable event

CambPlants joined the University's Bioscience Impact Team along with PhD students and Postdocs from the Departments of Plant Sciences and Land Economy, the Sainsbury Laboratory and NIAB for a visit at Cereals 2018 in Duxford on 13 June.

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Food Futures events: training and networking with industry

The two Food Futures events were aimed at University of Cambridge PhD students and Postdocs interested in collaborating with the agri-tech or food industry.

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YIF visit to Wicken Farm on 17 May 2018

The Young Innovators' Forum had a very educative visit to Wicken farm, hosted by farmer Luke Palmer. The farm is a highly innovative one which features a unique irrigation and water management system, tillage trials, solar panels and robotics system for potato packaging.

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Festival of Plants 2018 on 19 May

This year's Festival of Plants exhibitors and visitors got to enjoy the event in beautiful May sunshine.

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Improving Rural Livelihoods by reducing crop losses

Last Wednesday the Cambridge Global Food Security IRC and CambPlants Hub co-hosted the Annual Seminar of the Tropical Agricultural Association at the David Attenborough Building. This year’s event was on the theme of “Improving Rural Livelihoods by Reducing Crop Losses”.

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Significant increase in freshwater lakes methane production predicted

Significant increase in freshwater lakes methane production predicted

Dr Andrew Tanentzap's research group at the Department of Plant Sciences, along with colleagues from Germany and Canada, have discovered that methane emissions from lakes in the northern hemisphere could almost double over the next 50 years because of a novel "feedback loop".

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Dr Stéphanie Swarbreck interviewed by Cambridge Global Food Security

Dr Stéphanie Swarbreck from the Department of Plant Sciences is featured in the Cambridge Global Food Security “Meet the Researcher” series, where she speaks about her research, which aims to make wheat production cheaper and more sustainable.

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