From the Lab

Tanned Tomato Plants More Resistant to Disease?

Ultraviolet light, specifically shortwave or UV-C, has a demonstrated beneficial effects, both pre-and post-harvest, on a variety of crop plants. What we do not yet know, is how exactly. For my fourth-year research project, I have joined “Team UV”. I am working with a variety of tomato plant (Solanum lycopersicum) cultivars, Botrytis and a UV machine (sorry,… Continue reading Tanned Tomato Plants More Resistant to Disease?

New Publication

“iSpinach”

Spinach transformed into a “bomb sniffer” capable of communicating with humans? Though initially discredited by the scientific community, we have known since 1983 that plants communicate with one another through volatile organic compounds to their neighbours warning them of dangers, such as herbivores or aphids [1]. Additionally, garden pea plants can inform their neighbours of… Continue reading “iSpinach”

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GM wheat study approved to suck up UK public funding.

Disclaimer: I am currently a student at the University of Nottingham, with an accepted place on the Doctoral Training Programme at Rothamsted Research (beginning October 2017). Topics don’t come much more controversial than genetic modification/engineering, and recently Rothamsted Research has received the green light for a field trial to go ahead. Plants have been genetically engineered… Continue reading GM wheat study approved to suck up UK public funding.

From the Lab

A second glance at disease response in tomato plants

Hello and welcome back to an update on my lab work! If you have come here without reading my first post you can find it here. Since the last post The last time I wrote about my lab work we had just finished RNA extraction and reverse transcription of the validation samples and were going to… Continue reading A second glance at disease response in tomato plants

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Are we going to have a Zika vaccine in the near future?

Zika hit the news in 2016 with an outbreak in Latin America.   This was not the first appearance of Zika but it was a particularly vicious one. It is spread by the Aedes species of mosquito (figure 1) and symptoms last about a week before the body clears it from its system. Many people show no symptoms but it… Continue reading Are we going to have a Zika vaccine in the near future?

New Publication

Plasma Irradiation for Pest Management

Welcome back! Today I will be discussing a paper that I read recently by Ochi et al. which was published in Plant Pathology in January 2017[2]. It discussed a possible alternative to chemical pesticides in the form of plasma irradiation. In a world where people are increasingly concerned about the use of chemicals on their food… Continue reading Plasma Irradiation for Pest Management

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CRISPR: Should we allow human genome editing?

Hello and welcome to my next blog post. In this post I shall be discussing the opinions surrounding genome editing technology of CRISPR/Cas9 (figure 1). The National Academies of Science has declared genome editing a better name than gene editing as sometimes the editing may be in the parts of the genome that regulate rather… Continue reading CRISPR: Should we allow human genome editing?