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Plant and Life Sciences Marquee 2018 a success despite the cold

last modified Mar 23, 2018 09:39 AM
Altogether 1470 visitors braved the snow and cold weather to visit the Plant and Life Sciences Marquee at Downing Site on Saturday 17 March.

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Among the various exhibits were drones in agriculture, plants measuring time, a cocktail party to test your sense of smell, plants under stress, and a robot called DNAdave showing how plants make a wonderful variety of colours, scents, tastes and textures. Visitors of all ages enjoyed listening to the researchers showcasing their work and tried the hands-on experiments.

 

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Full list of exhibitors at the Marquee:

  • Algae, the sensitive souls of the sea with the Plant Metabolism Group, Department of Plant Sciences
  • Be a biomaker: DIY sensing with Biomakespace
  • Electroreception: a sixth sense with the Baker Lab, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
  • Farmers in flight: agriculture for a new generation with the Global Food Security Forum
  • Fun-gi or bad guy: how do plants sense friend or foe? with NIAB
  • How does the shape of a body develop from a ball of cells? With the Sanson Lab, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
  • How plants measure time with the Circadian Signal Transduction Group, Department of Plant Sciences
  • Making sense of plant sensing with scientists from the Sainsbury Laboratory
  • Making sense of the 3Rs of animal research with the AWERB Committee for Replacement, Reduction and Refinement in Animal Experimentation
  • Neurons feel the force with the Franze Lab, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
  • Olfactory cocktail party with the Galliano Group, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
  • Plants feel stressed too with the Transport Group, Department of Plant Sciences
  • Sensing nature – Explore forests from a new perspective with the Forest Ecology and Conservation Group, Department of Plant Sciences
  • Understanding your body -- Using a giant version of the 'operation game' people can explore the amazing anatomy of the human body and understand the secret language of the terminology used. There will also be a 'brain hat' that people can make to enable them to learn about the different lobes of the brain and which activities are co-ordinated by the individual areas. Some of the popular activities from last year will also return including anatomical face painting and bone identification, with the Anatomy Teaching Group
  • Sensors, bio-sensibility and no-sense experiments with the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
  • Synthetic biology for the senses with the SynBio Strategic Research Initiative and OpenPlant
  • The many functions of the placenta with the Centre for Trophoblast Research, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
  • Proprioception: how your muscles sense themselves with the Matthews Lab, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

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