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.
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?
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