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Plant ‘thermometer’ discovered that triggers springtime budding by measuring night-time heat

A photoreceptor molecule in plant cells has been found to moonlight as a thermometer after dark – allowing plants to read seasonal temperature changes. Scientists say the discovery could help breed crops that are more resilient to the temperatures expected to result from climate change.

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Scientific Discovery Trail-limited returns available

Due to last minute cancellations, a few places are now available for our Scientific Discovery Trail on 17 March. Booking essential.

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New outreach materials available online!

SLCU is making some of its outreach materials available online after requests from teachers at the Big Biology Day

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Spring outreach at SLCU

Spring outreach at SLCU

Researchers at SLCU have had a busy spring participating in several public engagement events aimed at future plant scientists and the general public.

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SLCU to host EMBO Interdisciplinary Plant Science Conference in September 2014

SLCU to host EMBO Interdisciplinary Plant Science Conference in September 2014

Registration is now open for the EMBO Interdisciplinary Plant Science Conference taking place on 21-24 September, 2014

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Branching out: from model plants to coppiced trees

Branching out: from model plants to coppiced trees

Researchers from the Sainsbury Laboratory and Rothamsted Research, funded by the BBSRC Crop Science Initiative, have discovered a gene that contributes to the coppicing response of willows.

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New insights could help plants fortify walls against root pathogens

Sep 03, 2020

Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) researchers, as part of a multidisciplinary international team, have uncovered a mechanism controlling subtle changes to the architecture of cell walls in plant roots that bolsters their defence against Phytophthora palmivora without negatively affecting plant growth.

Giles Oldroyd elected as member of EMBO

Jul 10, 2020

Professor Giles Oldroyd is among 63 other scientists from around the world elected this year as Members and Associate Members of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO).

Cells in tight spaces – how the cytoskeleton responds to different cell geometries

Jul 09, 2020

Inside every living cell, there is a network of protein filaments providing an interior scaffold controlling the cell’s shape called the cytoskeleton. Research from the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) suggests that this relationship might actually be two-way, with cell geometry itself having the capacity to influence the organisation of the cytoskeleton in living plant cells.

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