Metallic blue fruits use fat to produce colour and signal a treat for birds

Researchers have found that a common plant owes the dazzling blue colour of its fruit to fat in its cellular structure, the first time this type of colour

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 6, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: plant-sciences fruit colour plant

Opinion: Plants can tell time even without a brain

Mark Greenwood and James Locke from the University's Sainsbury Laboratory reveal how plants tell the time and coordinate their cellular rhythms. This article was originally published on The Conversation.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 21, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: plant-sciences

Ancient defence strategy continues to protect plants from pathogens

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have uncovered striking similarities in how two distantly related plants defend themselves against pathogens despite splitting from their common ancestor more than 400 million years ago.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 12, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: plant-sciences plant-genetics

'Noisy' gene atlas to help explain how plants survive environmental change

As parents of identical twins will tell you, they are never actually identical, even though they have the same genes. This is also true in the plant world. Now, new research by the University of Cambridge is helping to explain why ‘twin’ plants, with identical genes, grown in identical environments continue to display unique characteristics all of their own.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 25, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: plant-sciences

New legal tool aims to increase openness, sharing and innovation in global biotechnology

A new easy-to-use legal tool that enables exchange of biological material between research institutes and companies launches today.

Jim Haseloff • cambridge
Oct. 11, 2018 ~5 min

Tags: spotlight-on-innovation plant-sciences synthetic-biology

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