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With so much going on in the world of plant science you can now stay up-to-date with all the latest news, discoveries, events and find out what is happening in the wider plant science community.

Introducing the new GARNet Coordinator

29th Apr 2015

The GARNet community is pleased to announce that Dr Geraint Parry will be taking up the role of GARNet coordinator. Geraint has been involved in the plant science community since completing his PhD at the University of Nottingham with Professor Malcolm Bennett. Subsequently he worked at Indiana...

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A balancing act: fine tuning the production of plant cell membranes

15th Apr 2015

Scientists from Rothamsted Research and the University of Warwick, who are strategically funded by the BBSRC, have discovered a mechanism that allows plant cells to regulate the rate at which they produce membranes. The work is published in the journal The Plant Cell. Membranes are the...

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A new and unexpected metabolic pathway that underpins seedling establishment

13th Apr 2015

Seeds use an enzyme called pyruvate orthophosphate dikinase (PPDK) to produce sugar from their storage reserves providing the energy needed to kick start seedling establishment. Collaborative research between scientists at the University of Cambridge, Rothamsted Research and the Max Planck...

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Cyril Zipfel wins ASPB Charles Albert Shull Award

8th Apr 2015

GARNet Committee Member Cyril Zipfel, who heads The Sainsbury Laboratory, is the 2015 recipient of the Charles Albert Shull Award. Cyril played a leading role in the discovery of pattern-triggered immunity in plants, including the characterization of the bacterial peptides flagellin (flg22) and...

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Arabidopsis Research Round-Up

7th Apr 2015

Your UK Arabidopsis Research Round-up this week includes a mixed bag of research, including a basic study that could help improve biofuel production, work on differential metabolism of sphingolipids in pollen, analysis of leaf movements of Arabidopsis plants grown in space, and...

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Scientists discover why flowers bloom earlier in a warming climate

31st Mar 2015

Scientists at the John Innes Centre (JIC) have discovered why the first buds of spring come increasingly earlier as the climate changes. Dr Steven Penfield at the JIC found that plants have an ideal temperature for seed set and flower at a particular time of year to make sure their seed...

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