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Read more at: Event Report: Through the Laboratory Keyhole.

Event Report: Through the Laboratory Keyhole.

21 September 2021

On Thursday 16th October our ‘Through the Laboratory Keyhole’ on-line event took place, as part of the Open Cambridge Festival. Viewers were treated to a privileged behind-the-scenes peek at four research projects in the Department of Plant Sciences. Hosted by Professor Howard Griffiths, it included three specially-made...


Read more at: European lakes potential hotspots of microplastic pollution

European lakes potential hotspots of microplastic pollution

16 September 2021

A study published today in the journal PLOS Biology suggests that human activity and land use in areas surrounding lakes drive significant microplastic pollution in lake water. Researchers, led by Dr Andrew Tanentzap in the University of Cambridge’s Department of Plant Sciences, found that the concentration of...


Read more at: Going up: birds and mammals evolve faster if their home is rising

Going up: birds and mammals evolve faster if their home is rising

2 September 2021

The rise and fall of Earth’s land surface over the last three million years shaped the evolution of birds and mammals, a new study has found, with new species evolving at higher rates where the land has risen most. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have combined reconstructions of the Earth’s changing surface...


Read more at: CambPlants' trip to Cereals 2021

CambPlants' trip to Cereals 2021

30 July 2021

CambPlants once again attended Cereals with a group of early career researchers (ECRs) from the departments of Plant Sciences and Engineering, NIAB, the Crop Science Centre, Cambridge Zero, the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the Sainsbury Lab. It was a welcome day out, with a vast number of talks and exhibition stands to...


Read more at: Blushing plants reveal when fungi are growing in their roots

Blushing plants reveal when fungi are growing in their roots

23 July 2021

Scientists have created plants whose cells and tissues ‘blush’ with beetroot pigments when they are colonised by fungi that help them take up nutrients from the soil. This is the first time this vital, 400 million year old process has been visualised in real time in full root systems of living plants. Understanding the...


Read more at: Cambridge University Botanic Garden celebrates 175 years this summer!

Cambridge University Botanic Garden celebrates 175 years this summer!

12 July 2021

As CUBG celebrates 175 years of being on this site, we are delighted to share memories of the Garden past and present, as well as host a variety of summer activities for our visitors to enjoy. This year, CUBG celebrates 175 years on our current 40 acre site. Founded by John Stevens Henslow, a biologist and Professor of...


Read more at: Putting plants under the microscope

Putting plants under the microscope

21 June 2021

Humans have been making use of plants for thousands of years. Plants make an enormous range of chemicals, often in large amounts - and use these to make complex structures and materials. Despite major advances in synthetic biochemistry, many important medicines and other valuable compounds such as oils, dyes, flavours and...


Read more at: Nature has enormous potential to fight climate change and biodiversity loss in the UK - report

Nature has enormous potential to fight climate change and biodiversity loss in the UK - report

13 May 2021

A report launched today by the British Ecological Society, with contributions from the University of Cambridge, offers the first complete assessment of the potential of nature-based solutions to mitigate climate change and benefit biodiversity in the UK. Incorporating contributions from over 100 experts across academia...


Read more at: Pulses for healthy guts (and healthy environment)

Pulses for healthy guts (and healthy environment)

5 May 2021

The ‘Pulses for healthy guts (and healthy environment)’ workshop, held on 25 March, was attended by a range of academics and industry figures. The workshop was held to build networks between academics and industry, within and beyond Cambridge, in order to link expertise across the broad area of pulses and human health...


Read more at: Cambridge Festival 2021

Cambridge Festival 2021

4 May 2021

The CambPlants was team pleased to support the University’s Plants community by facilitating their participation in the Cambridge Festival . We promoted many plants-related events, and supported events from the Department of Plant Sciences, the Botanic Garden and the University Herbarium. herbarium_tour_5_may_small.jpg...


Read more at: Exploit plants’ ability to tell the time to make food production more sustainable, say scientists

Exploit plants’ ability to tell the time to make food production more sustainable, say scientists

4 May 2021

Cambridge plant scientists say circadian clock genes, which enable plants to measure daily and seasonal rhythms, should be targeted in agriculture and crop breeding for higher yields and more sustainable farming. Like humans, plants have an ‘internal clock’ that monitors the rhythms of their environment. The authors of a...


Read more at: Upcoming Events at the Cambridge Festival

Upcoming Events at the Cambridge Festival

4 March 2021

The Cambridge Festival starts on 26 March, with numerous plants-related events to participate in. Please find more information below. 26 March - 4 April. The adventures of a friendly fungus online game takes you on an adventure through the underground and intrepid life of an arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus as it navigates...


Read more at: Forests' long-term capacity to store carbon is dropping in regions with extreme annual fires

Forests' long-term capacity to store carbon is dropping in regions with extreme annual fires

1 March 2021

Researchers have analysed decades’ worth of data on the impact of repeated fires on ecosystems across the world. Their results, published today in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution , show that repeated fires are driving long-term changes to tree communities and reducing their population sizes. Savannah ecosystems...


Read more at: Visualising an Invisible Symbiosis

Visualising an Invisible Symbiosis

18 February 2021

Most species on Earth go unseen by humans. This simple fact can lead to low awareness of some of the most intriguing and important organisms around us, from microscopic fungi to overlooked plants. Such a disregard for the small, concealed, or static parts of the natural world has been implicated in issues affecting areas...


Read more at: Young Innovators' Forum

Young Innovators' Forum

17 February 2021

An informal get-together for plant scientists and young farmers. Discovering the importance of scientist/grower relationships. What’s taking place in plant growth facilities & the practical applications. How to work with and inform the research taking place. Designed to help scientists and farmers understand more about...


Read more at: Rare and exotic tropical cactus from the Amazon rainforest to flower for the first time in the UK at Cambridge University Botanic Garden – for 12 hours only!

Rare and exotic tropical cactus from the Amazon rainforest to flower for the first time in the UK at Cambridge University Botanic Garden – for 12 hours only!

10 February 2021

Catch a rare glimpse of an Amazonian flowering cactus – which opens at sunset and is over by sunrise – live from Cambridge University Botanic Garden. The Moonflower, Selenicereus wittii, is a rare and unusual cactus which spirals around tree trunks with leaf-like, flattened stems or pads. It is found exclusively above the...


Read more at: Climate change may have driven the emergence of SARS-CoV-2

Climate change may have driven the emergence of SARS-CoV-2

8 February 2021

Global greenhouse gas emissions over the last century have made southern China a hotspot for bat-borne coronaviruses, by driving growth of forest habitat favoured by bats. A new study published on the 5th of February in the journal Science of the Total Environment provides the first evidence of a mechanism by which climate...


Read more at: Remembering Keith Virgo

Remembering Keith Virgo

3 February 2021

We were devastated to hear that long-time CambPlants friend Keith Virgo has died from Covid-19. Keith had over thirty years’ experience as a consultant in rural development in tropical and sub-tropical countries across Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Central America. He started his career in agriculture and soil science...


Read more at: The REAP Conference 2020: From micro-scape to landscape – innovating at the frontier

The REAP Conference 2020: From micro-scape to landscape – innovating at the frontier

22 January 2021

REAP is an annual conference organised by Agri-TechE that brings together farmers, growers, scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs to discover and discuss the very latest developments in agri-tech. This year’s conference was held on-line, using Swapcard , a digital platform that enables delegates to network and hold...


Read more at: The Great Manipulator

The Great Manipulator

14 December 2020

Fire. It burns five percent of the Earth’s surface every year, and accounts for up to twenty percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions. Before humans started interfering with the planet, the majority of carbon released by wildfires was recaptured as ecosystems regenerated. This is no longer the case. For Adam...