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All SEM imaging is carried out on a Zeiss EVO HD15 that supports variable pressure and wet imaging. The BackScatter Detector (BSD) gives excellent results on its own and in combination with various standard detectors. During 2016 the system was given an overhaul to support cryoSEM imaging – enabling high magnification of fully hydrated coated plant tissue.

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Peas n Chips: Creating food security with African Yam Bean

8 April 2021

Can one plant produce both tasty and nutritious beans and tubers? Yes, the African yam bean can. Not only does it grow high-protein edible grains and tubers, this drought-resilient crop also replenishes the soil and is highly adaptable to varying-climates.

How plant stem cells renew themselves – a cytokinin story

8 April 2021

The mechanism by which the plant hormone cytokinin controls cell division has been discovered – a breakthrough that significantly improves our understanding of how plants grow.

Integrating maths and plant science to explain how plant roots generate a hormone gradient

15 February 2021

The research team that developed a biosensor that first recorded that a distinct gradient of the plant growth hormone gibberellin correlated with plant cell size has now revealed how this distribution pattern is created in roots.