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Scanning electron microscopy

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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Plants feel the heat

Feb 13, 2018

Sainsbury Laboratory scientists have solved a 79-year-old mystery by discovering how plants vary their response to heat stress depending on the time of day.

Fast-talking plants increase flower production within 24-hours of soil nutrient application

Jan 24, 2018

The molecular mechanisms enabling plants to quickly adapt their rate of flower production in response to changing nutrient levels in soil have been revealed by researchers at the Sainsbury Laboratory at the University of Cambridge.

Re-wiring cells by crossing kingdoms

Jan 22, 2018

Game-changing synthetic biology developments that could help address global health and agriculture challenges will be examined at a three-day international synthetic biology symposium at the Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge, this spring (16-18 April 2018).

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