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Dr Temur Yunusov

I had some experience of working with plant biochemistry during my undergraduate degree, when I had an internship position at the Research Institute of Regional Problems in Samarkand with a placement at the Research Institute of Chemistry of Plant Substances in Tashkent, as part of my project. This collaboration resulted in my Bachelor’s Diploma thesis, which focused on a specific biochemical adaptation mechanism of Artemisia diffusa to drought and high salinity stress environments. After graduation, I continued working at the Institute of Regional Problems under Dr.

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Dr Sebastian Schornack

Research Interests

My research revolves around microbe-induced host cell reprogramming by effector proteins that are shuttled into plant cells. Effectors are a hallmark for animal and plant pathogens’ success in conquering the host. Plant populations frequently maintain counter-defensive disease resistance proteins (R proteins) for intracellular recognition of effectors. Studying R protein mechanisms thus reveals plant strategies in coping with constant pathogen challenge.

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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.

Alpine plant spins its own flavonoid wool

17 June 2021

Like the movie version of Spider-Man who shoots spider webs from holes in his wrists, a little alpine plant has been found to eject cobweb-like threads from tiny holes in specialised cells on its leaves.

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.