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Alice Fairnie

I have recently joined the Moyroud group as a PhD student. I am interested in the evolution and development of floral traits, in particular traits which influence pollinator behaviour and interactions. My PhD project focusses on flower patterning in Hibiscus trionum. I hope to find the regulatory genes responsible for the diverse bullseye patterns seen in Hibiscus trionum and how these different patterns influence pollinator behaviour. 

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Mechanical buckling of petals produces iridescent patterns visible to bees

14 September 2021

Flowers are employing a materials science phenomenon typically associated with failures in structural engineering to produce exquisite three-dimensional petal patterns to lure pollinators.

Renske Vroomans to lead plant evo-devo research at SLCU

10 September 2021

Dr Renske Vroomans has been appointed to the Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University (SLCU) to lead research into the evolutionary dynamics of developmental processes in plants.

Blushing plants reveal when fungi are growing in their roots

23 July 2021

Scientists have created plants whose cells and tissues ‘blush’ with beetroot pigments when they are colonised by fungi that help them take up nutrients from the soil.