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International Award for John Raven

John Raven, Emeritus Professor from the Division of Plant Sciences, has been awarded the Albert I Grand Medal in recognition of his research in the oceanographic field.

The award was created in 1948 and is the highest international distinction dedicated to ocean sciences and outreach. For 70 years, the Oceanographic Institute has been highlighting the most prominent scientists who contribute to unveiling and understanding the ocean, as well as world-class figures who raise the attention on the importance of keeping marine ecosystems healthy.

Life Sciences students named amongst World's best

Three Life Science students have been named as some of the top undergraduates in the World, with one named as the top undergraduate in Europe.

Scott Sheldrick, Nicholas Gallagher and James Osbourne were were highly commended in the Life Sciences category of the 2019 Global Undergraduate Awards. The competition, which aims to celebrate top undergraduate coursework and foster interdisciplinary collaboration between students and recent graduates worldwide. 

Scott, Nicholas and James undertook their projects in labs across the Schools of Medicine and Life Sciences:

Scientists discover wild potatoes key for stronger spuds

Potatoes have been a staple of Britain’s diet for half a millennium, but new research suggests that limited genetic differences in potato lineages has left British and American spuds vulnerable to the disease that caused the Irish potato famine. Plant scientists at the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute have revealed that commercial potato crops are under constant threat of late blight, the pathogen behind one of Europe’s most devastating famines, but wild potato genes might be the cure.

Become a plant scientist for the day

Green-fingered families could all become plant scientists for the day this weekend as the James Hutton Institute and University of Dundee host a celebration of the power of plants.

Every breath we take and every meal we eat owes a debt to plants. From one little seed, planted into soil, many green lives can arise - from small herbs up to big trees, or from ornamental flowers to substantial crops which all animals and mankind need to survive on this planet.

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