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.