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Read more at: Plants employ chemical engineering to manufacture bee-luring optical devices  
There is a clear visible difference between striated and smooth petal surfaces when the petals are viewed under microscopes: Hibiscus trionum (left) has microscopic ridges on its petal surface that act as diffraction gratings to reflect light, while Hibis

Plants employ chemical engineering to manufacture bee-luring optical devices  

There is a clear visible difference between striated and smooth petal surfaces when the petals are viewed under microscopes: Hibiscus trionum (left) has microscopic ridges on its petal surface that act as diffraction gratings to reflect light, while Hibiscus sabdariffa (right) has a smooth surface. Cambridge researchers...


Read more at: Big Biology Day 2022
Carlos Lugo Vélez, Eashan Saikia and François Nédélec demonstrating their cytoskeleton simulation game Bugtiply

Big Biology Day 2022

Join the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) at this year's Big Biology Day at Hills Road Sixth Form on Saturday 15th October 10:00 - 16:00. This is a free, fun-packed education day showcasing biology. There will be hands-on activities for all ages, information about biology careers and an opportunity to chat...


Read more at: Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser awarded Royal Society’s Croonian Medal and Lecture
Ottoline Leyser

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser awarded Royal Society’s Croonian Medal and Lecture

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser FRS, Group Leader at the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU), Regius Professor of Botany in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, and Chief Executive Officer of UK Research and Innovation, has been awarded the Royal Society’s 2023 Croonian Medal and Lecture...


Read more at: Novel deconvolution method advances in vivo imaging results
Image Reconstruction in Light-Sheet Microscopy - Spatially Varying Deconvolution and Mixed Noise

Novel deconvolution method advances in vivo imaging results

A novel method that improves the images captured in light-sheet microscopy looks set to help advance the future of in vivo biological imaging. Light-sheet microscopy is less damaging to cells and tissues than other forms of imaging like confocal and electron microscopy and allows scientists to image live biological samples...


Read more at: Fascination of Plants Day 2022
Utricularia vulgaris

Fascination of Plants Day 2022

A day just for plants The sixth international “Fascination of Plants Day” is on Wednesday 18 May 2022. It is an initiative of plant scientists across the world under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) . Why do we need a Fascination of Plants Day? The goal of this activity is to get as many...


Read more at: New high-throughput method to quantify flower organ development
Illustration of the tissue-level segmentation workflow showing different processing stages, consisting of the 1) raw data, 2) contour, 3) surface mesh, 4) mesh curvature, and 5) the final, segmented mesh. Image by Henrik Åhl.

New high-throughput method to quantify flower organ development

Illustration of the tissue-level segmentation workflow showing different processing stages, consisting of the 1) raw data, 2) contour, 3) surface mesh, 4) mesh curvature, and 5) the final, segmented mesh. From the segmented data, sub-tissue geometrical properties can be quantified. New high-throughput method to quantify...


Read more at: An engineered barley plant that ‘orders’ soil bacteria to manufacture ammonia fertiliser
Barley growing in field

An engineered barley plant that ‘orders’ soil bacteria to manufacture ammonia fertiliser

Scientists have accomplished a key step in the long-term ambition to engineer nitrogen-fixation into non-legume cereal crops by demonstrating that barley can instruct soil bacteria to convert nitrogen from the air into ammonia fertiliser. This development empowers non-legume crops to communicate directly with nitrogen-...


Read more at: New protocol Flip-Flap enables deep tissue imaging and 3D reconstruction in plants using a confocal microscope
3D reconstruction of Marchantia (left) and barley meristem using the new Flip-Flap protocol

New protocol Flip-Flap enables deep tissue imaging and 3D reconstruction in plants using a confocal microscope

Plant scientists at Cambridge and Oxford have come up with a clever method that can produce full three-dimensional (3D) images of plant tissues using a laser scanning confocal microscope.


Read more at: How forgotten beans could help fight malnutrition in Africa
Images of African Yam Bean growing in field, close-up of plant with flowers, pods, tubers and beans. Images by Ademola Aina (IITA)

How forgotten beans could help fight malnutrition in Africa

An African Yam Bean (Sphenostylis stenocarpa) crop and the pods, tubers and beans produced by the plant. Images by Ademola Aina (IITA). Dr Nadia Radzman discusses why forgotten crops should be remembered on World Pulses Day in her article for The Conversation . February 10 marks World Pulses Day . A day dedicated to...


Read more at: Blueprint reveals how plants build a sugar transport lane
Diagram of phloem in root: “We have shown how global signals in the root meristem interact with the cell type specific factors to determine distinct phases of phloem development at the cellular resolution.” Pawel Roszak

Blueprint reveals how plants build a sugar transport lane

A tiny region at the root tip has been found to be responsible for orchestrating the growth and development of the complex network of vascular tissues that transport sugars through plant roots.