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Rising stars in plant sciences

SLCU Group leader Alexander Jones has been recognised for his contributions to plant science research by being awarded a Rising Star in Plant Sciences 2024 Award.


Read more at: International Day of Plant Health
Light microscopy image of a beneficial arbuscular mycorrhiza fungus colonising a barley root (left) and Barley seedlings grown in the laboratory and infected with the root rot fungus Bipolaris sorokiniana resulting in root browning symptoms (right).

International Day of Plant Health

International Day of Plant Health - How to develop strategies for healthier crops On the UN’s International Day of Plant Health (12 May), Sebastian Schornack highlights why prioritising plant health should be at the top of every government’s policy agenda and discusses innovative strategies under development to bolster...


Read more at: Plants utilise drought stress hormone to block snacking spider mites
Spider mites on Arabidopsis thaliana at different magnifications

Plants utilise drought stress hormone to block snacking spider mites

Recent findings that plants employ a drought-survival mechanism to also defend against nutrient-sucking pests could inform future crop breeding programmes aimed at achieving better broadscale pest control.


Read more at: Plastic-free mountaineering clothing inspired by alpine plants unveiled at Milan Design Week
Jehnna Yang is exhibiting a novel plant-inspired plastic-free textile at the 2024 Milan Design Week. Yang is pictured examining the woolly farina of the alpine plant, Dionysia tapetodes, under a Keyence microscope at the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge.

Plastic-free mountaineering clothing inspired by alpine plants unveiled at Milan Design Week

Masters student Jehnna Yang is pushing the boundaries of sustainability and functionality with a plastic-free textile tailored for wildlife photographers and filmmakers working at high altitudes, which was inspired by an alpine plant.


Read more at: ABC of flower development
Evolutionary conservation of the ABC model and its variants. Images of four flower examples - grass, tulips, columbine and orchid.

ABC of flower development

The formulation of the ABC model of flower development 30 years ago was a seminal event that continues to inform and inspire. This review by Edwige Moyroud and John Bowman, traces back the history of the ABC model, the milestones and draws attention to some of the "unsolved riddles still hidden in the floral alphabet."


Read more at: Secrets of soil-enriching pulses could transform future of sustainable agriculture
Montage featuring pea and broadbean plants, root nodules, and dried lentils and beans.

Secrets of soil-enriching pulses could transform future of sustainable agriculture

Secrets of soil-enriching pulses could transform future of sustainable agriculture February 10 marks World Pulses Day . World Pulses Day was established by the UN General Assembly in 2019 to raise awareness of the nutritional importance of pulses : a group of edible grain legumes that are part of the bean family (...


Read more at: LSH genes required for N-fixing nodules
LSH genes are required for the development of nodule primordia that can support bacterial colonisation: Confocal image of WT and lsh1/lsh2 roots 24 and 72 hpi with S. meliloti.

LSH genes required for N-fixing nodules

Cambridge scientists have identified two crucial genetic factors needed to produce specialised root organs that can accommodate nitrogen-fixing bacteria in legumes such as peas and beans.


Read more at: Dr Katharina Schiessl joins SLCU as a David Sainsbury Career Development Fellow
Katharina Schiessl

Dr Katharina Schiessl joins SLCU as a David Sainsbury Career Development Fellow

Katharina Schiessl will head a new research group at the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) focused on understanding how organ diversity of plants can be reshaped by their colonisers.


Read more at: Investigating how cell division influences decision-making in plants
Confocal microscopy images of an Arabidopsis thaliana hypocotyl where localised sectors of over expressing CYCD3:1 gene, a dominant driver of the G1/S transition in the cell cycle induce cell division and changes cell junctions. Image by Mahwish Ejaz.

Investigating how cell division influences decision-making in plants

SLCU researchers Sarah Robinson and James Locke are joining forces to explore a long-debated theory on whether plant development is organised at the cellular scale (cell-theory) or organ scale (organism theory).


Read more at: Identifying the master regulators of photosynthetic cell identity
Cross section of an Arabidopsis thaliana leaf showing the two layers of photosynthetic tissue – the palisade (more tightly packed cells in upper half) and spongy mesophyll (randomly spaced irregular shaped cells in lower half). Image by Emilio Aldorino.

Identifying the master regulators of photosynthetic cell identity

SLCU’s Chris Whitewoods has received a BBSRC Pioneer Award to advance our understanding of the formation of internal leaf structure and to explore the potential for engineering plants with higher photosynthesis and water use efficiency.