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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.

Latest news

Mechanical buckling of petals produces iridescent patterns visible to bees

14 September 2021

Flowers are employing a materials science phenomenon typically associated with failures in structural engineering to produce exquisite three-dimensional petal patterns to lure pollinators.

Renske Vroomans to lead plant evo-devo research at SLCU

10 September 2021

Dr Renske Vroomans has been appointed to the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) to lead research into the evolutionary dynamics of developmental processes in plants.

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.