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

News Bites

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

Hot Topic

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?

From the Lab

Shining a Light on the Disease Response in Tomato

Welcome to my MSci Blog! The majority of this year, my fourth here at Nottingham, is spent preparing and undertaking a research project. The working title for my project is “How Does UV-C Irradiation affect the Disease Response of Tomato Plants” under the supervision of Professor Matt Dickinson and Dr Matevz (Mat) Rupar from The… Continue reading Shining a Light on the Disease Response in Tomato

News Bites

A New Look at the Tomato’s Ancestry

The first fossilised fruit from the Solanaceae or Nightshade family has been found. The fossil comes from the same family as tomatoes and potatoes amongst many others and is a form of Physalis. It resembles that of the modern-day ground cherries and tomatillos, characteristic of their papery casing and was found in a fossilised rainforest… Continue reading A New Look at the Tomato’s Ancestry