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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 fragrances can still only be sourced from plants.

But we’ve barely scratched the surface of their potential as green factories for new biochemicals and biomaterials.

The University of Cambridge is home to one of the largest concentrations of plant scientists anywhere in the world. And as the manager overseeing the largest collection of advanced microscopes in Cambridge, Dr Raymond Wightman at the Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU) has a front row seat. These machines are helping researchers discover the most incredible details about plants’ structure and function.

Please find the rest of this article by Kathy Grube here.

Image: Biosensor imaging of a seedling, measuring how the concentrations of the plant hormone gibberellin change as the plant grows. Credit: Annalisa Rizza.


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