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Plants and Pipettes

Join us in exploring the fantastic world of molecular plant biology! We dive deep into the cells of all green things and together we discover the mechanisms behind photosynthesis, flower development and much more!

May The Fourth Be With You

The answer to the question, ‘what has a light sabre got to do with how plants express themselves’

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Bug Pest Steals Plant Genes to Neutralize Plant Defences

Plants and herbivorous insects have long struggled in an evolutionary arms race. Now, in the first example of animals thieving plant genes, research shows that sweet potato whiteflies have overcome pl…

This superhero protein will fight anaemia

I like plants a lot – especially when I can eat them. A purely plant based diet, however, might not include enough iron to stay healthy (although not necessarily). New research could change that.&nb…

It’s time we talked about see-through wood

Using the chemicals we bleach our hair with and a little sun we can create a new type of wood that’s (nearly) as clear as glass. Wood is a rather remarkable material that humans have been using …

Why the length of your DNA matters

A recent publication describes the extraction of ultra-long DNA. We discuss why the length of a DNA strand is important for science.

Blast in the Past makes Lettuce Less Limp

After harvest, products like lettuce can quickly lose their looks and crunch. Now, research shows that a short spell of high light before the harvest can help greens stay fresher and more nutritious.

You make my heart skip a beat

Roses are Red Delphinium is Blue It might look quite lovely But it’s poisonous too! In honour of the recent Valentine’s day, and the recording of our soon-to-be-released Plant Book Club ep…