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RSE Innovator’s Prize for Public Engagement for Senga Robertson-Albertyn

Senga Robertson-Albertyn received the prestigious RSE Innovators Prize for Public Engagement last week at the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Winter Lecture at Wallace High School in Stirling.

Senga is from the Division of Plant Sciences based at the James Hutton Institute and she won the award in recognition of her contribution to communicating science in a fun and interactive way. This work was carried out during the course of her PhD studies.

Scientists discover how rogue communications between cells lead to Leukaemia

New research has deciphered how rogue communications in blood stem cells can cause Leukaemia. The discovery, published in the journal Science, could pave the way for new, targeted medical treatments that block this process. Blood cancers like leukaemia occur when mutations in stem cells cause them to produce too many blood cells.

Nitrogen fertilizers finetune composition of individual members of the tomato microbiota

After conducting a field trial at a tomato farm near Ravenna, Italy, a team of plant pathologists and agronomists found that nitrogen fertilizers shape the composition and predicted functions of the plant microbiota. The microbiota refers to the community of microorganisms found in the interface between the soil and the roots of a plant. Similarly to the human digestive tract, the microbiota can help or hinder the plant’s nutrition as it is responsible for the uptake of minerals from the soil. 

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