University of Dundee

Latest News for 10/2021

January 2020

  • Water yam
    21 Jan 2020

    Researchers in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee have helped to uncover and understand the genome of a vitally important orphan crop, called water yam.

  • Lead authors: Mathew Parker and Kasia Knop
    16 Jan 2020

    A study published this week in the journal eLife, by a team at University of Dundee's School of Life Sciences uses a new approach to reveal the complexity and modifications of RNA that are essential to genetic control. They passed RNA through pores developed by Oxford Nanopore Technology to reveal directly the sequence of 1000s of RNA molecules.

September 2018

May 2018

February 2018

  • 20 Feb 2018

    Katarzyna Knop, a post-doctoral researcher in Gordon Simpson’s lab, has been awarded a two-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship. Her research will focus on gene expression in plants, in particular those involved in plant immune responses.

January 2015

November 2014

  • 04 Nov 2014

    Gordon Simpson, a Principal Investigator in both the Division of Plant Sciences, University of Dundee, and at the James Hutton Institute, has been awarded a Personal Chair in Molecular Genetics by the university. Gordon’s research investigates the role of RNA processing in controlling development, particularly the time at which plants flower.

November 2013

September 2013

  • Plant Sciences Research features on the cover of Science Magazine
    06 Sep 2013

      Research from the Division of Plant Sciences features on the front cover of this week’s Science Magazine. The work reports the discovery of a previously unrecognized enzyme in the pathway that synthesizes lignin, a polymer in plant cell walls.

August 2013

  • 16 Aug 2013

    Limited availability of fossil fuels stimulates the search for different energy resources. The use of biofuels is one of the alternatives. Sugars derived from the grain of agricultural crops can be used to produce biofuel but these crops occupy fertile soils needed for food and feed production. Fast growing plants such as poplar, eucalyptus, or various grass residues such as corn stover and sugarcane bagasse do not compete and can be a sustainable source for biofuel.