skip to primary navigationskip to content
 

Sutton Trust Summer Schools

last modified Aug 02, 2013 02:11 PM

Plants are “masters of biochemistry”. This was one of the conclusions reached by the 30 teenagers who visited the Sainsbury Laboratory for a morning of science challenges. Working in collaboration with Science and Plants for Schools, the Sainsbury Laboratory hosted the event as part of a week-long programme run by the Sutton Trust, designed to give bright students from non-privileged homes a taste of life at a leading university.

After a welcome by Professor Elliot Meyerowitz, Director of the Laboratory, the pupils attended an undergraduate-style lecture entitled ‘Plants: The Great Poisoners’ by Dr Beverley Glover of the Department of Plant Sciences. An opportunity to chat with Sainsbury Lab researchers over tea and biscuits followed.

The students then donned lab coats and used new equipment in a hands-on practical, looking at the effects of one particular plant poison – caffeine – on water fleas. Putting their new knowledge into context, the teenagers finished the morning with a visit to some of the world’s most poisonous plants in the benign setting of the Botanic Garden’s Tropical House.

The Sainsbury Lab was delighted to be able to assist in this collaborative effort to engage students in plant sciences, and intends to support more events of this nature.

RSS Feed Latest news

Current Biology Q&A with Giles Oldroyd

Oct 18, 2018

Current Biology recently interviewed Giles Oldroyd about his research and goals in science and life.

SecretSanta: A new tool for deciphering the secret language of cell-to-cell communication

Oct 02, 2018

Plant biomathematicians at the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) have developed a new tool that enables them to listen in on cell-to-environment conversations. The tool’s wide-ranging application means it could help speed-up the development of strategies to combat plant and animal pathogens.

Role of plants in farming future

Jul 30, 2018

SLCU's Director Ottoline Leyser & SLCU Group Leader Giles Oldroyd discuss opportunities plants will provide for the future of agriculture on BBC 4's Today programme.

GM crop ruling shows why the EU's laws are wholly inadequate

Jul 28, 2018

SLCU Director Ottoline Leyser examines the European Court of Justice's recent ruling on genetically modified crops in her feature for The Conversation.

Behind the scenes with our researchers

Jul 19, 2018

Go behind the scenes with SLCU researcher Dr Annalisa Rizza to find out about her work.

View all news

SLCU Logo