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Facilities and services

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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Noisy gene atlas to help reveal how plants ‘hedge their bets’ in race for survival

Jan 24, 2019

As parents of identical twins will tell you, they are never actually identical, even though they have the same genes. This is also true in the plant world. Now, new research by Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) is helping to explain why ‘twin’ plants, with identical genes, grown in identical environments continue to display unique characteristics all of their own.

How trees and turnips grow fatter – researchers unlock the secrets of radial growth

Jan 09, 2019

Plant science researchers from SLCU and the University of Helsinki have identified key regulatory networks controlling how plants grow ‘outwards’, which could help us to grow trees to be more efficient carbon sinks and increase vegetable crop yields.

SLCU helps reveal another layer in the strigolactone signalling pathway

Nov 23, 2018

An interdisciplinary collaboration between structural biologists and plant scientists has revealed another layer in the signalling pathway of strigolactone – a plant hormone that plays a key role in shoot branching and other plant development processes.

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