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Learn about the latest findings in crop research - SCI & KTN workshop, 20 October, London

SCI’s AgriSciences Group and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) are holding a conference on " New Frontiers in Crop Research " on Thursday 20th October 2016 in London. This conference will provide updates in many exciting areas of crop research, including projects underway within the BBSRC funded research-industry clubs. The event also aims to foster the interdisciplinary...
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Kew's State of the World’s Plants report urges global scientific community to secure health of the planet

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew today released the first annual report on the State of the World’s Plants , ahead of the international science and policy symposium on the topic. The first annual State of the World’s Plants report, which involved more than 80 scientists and took a year to produce, is a baseline assessment of current knowledge on the diversity of plants on earth,...
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Research shows how plant welfare is improved by fungi in soil

A University of York biologist is part of an international team of scientists that has discovered how plants use fungi to help them to gather vital nutrients from the soil. The team of Dr Michael Schultze, of the Department of Biology at York, working with colleagues in China, France and USA as well as the John Innes Centre at Norwich, studied the symbiosis between fungus and the roots...
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Scientists uncover how bacterial parasites turn plants into the living dead

Forget popular video game Plants Vs. Zombies, some plants are zombies and BBSRC-funded scientists have uncovered how bacterial parasites turn them into the living dead. "For the first time, we can reveal how this remarkable manipulation takes place," says Professor Saskia Hogenhout from the John Innes Centre.  "In that sense, the plant world is ahead of animal...
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ATP receptors help plants manage environmental change, pests and wounds

ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is the main energy source inside a cell and is considered to be the high energy molecule that drives all life processes in animals and humans. Outside the cell, membrane receptors that attract ATP drive muscle control, neurotransmission, inflammation and development. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found the same receptor in plants and believe...
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How do plants avoid sunburn?

Finding that  explains how plants avoid sunburn in intense light  could help to develop crops with increased protection from bright light with enhanced photosynthesis rates A US team has discovered a group of stress-related proteins that explains how plants avoid sunburn in intense light, a finding that one day could help biotechnologists to develop crops that can better...
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World changing technology enables crops to take nitrogen from the air

A major new technology has been developed by The University of Nottingham, which enables all of the world’s crops to take nitrogen from the air rather than expensive and environmentally damaging fertilisers. Nitrogen fixation, the process by which nitrogen is converted to ammonia, is vital for plants to survive and grow. However, only a very small number of plants, most notably legumes...
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Flower power fights orchard pests

Washington State University researchers have found they can control one of fruit growers’ more severe pests, aphids, with a remarkably benign tool: flowers. The discovery is a boon for organic as well as conventional tree fruit growers.  The researchers recently published their study in the journal Biological Control. They found that plantings of sweet alyssum attracted a...
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