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Level 2 Containment Facility

 

SLCU is equipped with a Level 2 Containment Laboratory and a Level 2 Containment controlled environment room (CER) to carry out research using licenced plant-pathogenic microorganisms.

The Level 2 Containment lab is equipped with growth cabinets, a microbiological safety cabinet, a fluorescence dissecting microscope and an inverted light microscope to cultivate, propagate and inspect microorganisms.

Phytophthora infestans growing on the surface of a leaf.

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How to become a giant cell? Fluctuations in a key regulator guide cell size in flower organs.

Mar 06, 2017

A key regulator has been discovered to determine cell size in flowers through random fluctuations. Counterintuitively, this randomness can lead to patterns. This finding helps us to understand how biological patterns are initiated, how shape and size are determined during growth, and may lead to important discoveries improving crop yields.

Ottoline Leyser honoured with the 2017 FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award

Jan 09, 2017

EMBO and FEBS announce SLCU Director Professor Ottoline Leyser as the recipient of the tenth FEBS | EMBO Women in Science Award.

Plant ‘thermometer’ discovered that triggers springtime budding by measuring night-time heat

Oct 27, 2016

A photoreceptor molecule in plant cells has been found to moonlight as a thermometer after dark – allowing plants to read seasonal temperature changes. Scientists say the discovery could help breed crops that are more resilient to the temperatures expected to result from climate change.

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