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Dr Chris Whitewoods

I received my undergraduate degree in plant science from the University of Edinburgh (2010) followed by a PhD in plant development from the University of Cambridge (2014). During my PhD I worked in Jill Harrison’s lab (now at Bristol) to investigate the role of CLAVATA (CLV) genes in the moss Physcomitrella patens. Previously, CLV genes had been shown to regulate meristem function in flowering plants.

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Plants get a faster start to their day than we think

7 June 2021

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.