Plant sciences

Plant sciences

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    Plant sciences laboratory

The Department of Plant Sciences carries out research into global food security, synthetic biology and biotechnology, and climate science and ecosystem conservation.

Recent discoveries include identifying new components of the molecular clock in plants that influences flowering and seed size and identifying modifications made by viruses to plant metabolism. These changes influence the feeding behaviour of insects and have implications for the spread of viruses and crop pollination.

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The wetlands of the Camargue, France. Image copyright Josef Grunig and used under a Creative Commons licence
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The MAVA Foundation has given a £1.14 million grant to Cambridge’s Department of Zoology to support its 'Conservation Evidence' project.
Laser laboratory in the Department of Chemistry
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Gift from The Frances and Augustus Newman Foundation for new laboratory in the Department of Chemistry – The Sir Rodney Sweetnam Laboratory for Micro and Nanoscale Biomedical Science.