University of Dundee

Plant Sciences

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Scientists unravel effects of alternative splicing on plant responses to cold temperatures

Research by a group of scientists from the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute, along with partners from Glasgow and Durham universities, has found that a genetic process known as alternative splicing has a massive effect on the response of plants to stress from cold temperatures. The paper -published in the American Society of Plant Biologists’ journal The Plant Cell - is already proving very influential and attracting wide interest.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

An opportunity has arisen for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join a multidisciplinary research team at the University of Dundee as part of a BBSRC Industrial Partnership Award that aims to characterise Phytophthora infestans effectors through targeted re-sequencing. This is a highly challenging post that will utilise Pathogen-specific genome enrichment and next generation sequencing (PenSeq) of diverse P. infestans isolates and populations to facilitate Avr gene identification.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Exploring barley yield-associated gene networks

Applications are invited for a 36 month post-doctoral position funded by the BBSRC through the ERA-CAPs program for a collaborative project involving three top crop research institutes in Europe and the US. We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated scientist to explore transcriptional networks underpinning yield components in cultivated barley.

Major funding could get to the root of crop diseases

A world-leading plant disease researcher at the University of Dundee has been awarded major funding for a study which may explain the mechanisms of crop killing diseases across the globe.

Plant diseases currently account for 40 per cent of crop losses each year world-wide, representing a serious threat to food security.

Professor Paul Birch, Head of the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Dundee, was awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant, worth just under €2.5million for the next five years.