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Dr Annalisa Rizza

I studied Biology at the University of Rome, La Sapienza (Italy). During my undergraduate studies (BSc. and MSc), I worked on the seed germination regulation in Arabidopsis thaliana. My interest in plant physiology continued during my PhD (University of Freiburg, Germany), where I studied the regulation of Arabidopsis seedling development under different light conditions.

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Dr Bo Larsen

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Dr Alexander Jones

I have long been fascinated by how plants change their physiology and development to suit dynamic environments without a centralised information processing system. In particular, I’ve spent my scientific career investigating how a suite of mobile small molecules, the phytohormones, serve as both signal-integrators and program activators in plants.

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Dr Jayne Griffiths

I have always been interested the development of plants and have covered many aspects of plant development during my research career. Firstly I completed my PhD at Rothamsted Research under the supervision of Peter Hedden, Steve Thomas and Andy Phillips where I identified early GA regulated genes, one of which was identified as the GA receptor GID1. I followed up my research on GA by moving to another phytohormone, this time investigating ABA and dormancy in CSIRO, Canberra.

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To describe something as slow and boring we say it’s “like watching grass grow”, but scientists studying the early morning activity of plants have found they make a rapid start to their day – within minutes of dawn.

How do plants hedge their bets?

1 June 2021

In some environments there is no way for a seed to know for sure when the best time to germinate is. So how does a plant make sure that all of its offspring are not killed at once by an ill-timed environmental stress following germination?

Professor Giles Oldroyd elected to National Academy of Sciences

6 May 2021

Professor Giles Oldroyd has been elected as an international member of the National Academy of Sciences in the USA.