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Sainsbury Laboratory

 

The laboratory runs a range of centrally managed facilities and services. The links below provide information about the equipment and facilities and how to find out more.

Plant Growth Facilities

With 42 controlled environment rooms and 300m² of growing space under glass, the new Sainsbury Laboratory is well equipped to provide excellent growing facilities for pioneering plant science research.

Microscopy

The Sainsbury Laboratory hosts a state-of-the-art advanced imaging facility for scientists working on several aspects of plant developmental biology, including live imaging of developing plant tissues, and high-resolution scanning electron microscopy. The facility currently has four major instruments, two stereo-fluorescence microscopes and several dissecting microscopes.

Tissue Culture Rooms

The Sainsbury Laboratory has a range of tissue culture rooms and is collaborating with manufacturers on trialing the latest tissue culture facilities.

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.

Seed Store

The seed bank provides a controlled environment in which to store plants such as Arabidopsis for over 200 years, whilst still maintaining 85-95% viability.

Software Development

Here, some of the public software projects developed at the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge will be described. We have divided the projects into Bioinformatics / Image Processing / Modelling.

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Latest news

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.

Alpine plant spins its own flavonoid wool

17 June 2021

Like the movie version of Spider-Man who shoots spider webs from holes in his wrists, a little alpine plant has been found to eject cobweb-like threads from tiny holes in specialised cells on its leaves.

Plants get a faster start to their day than we think

7 June 2021

To describe something as slow and boring we say it’s “like watching grass grow”, but scientists studying the early morning activity of plants have found they make a rapid start to their day – within minutes of dawn.