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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.
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.
03 Sep 2018
Three new funding awards from the Global Challenges Research Fund were recently made to research teams in the Division of Plant Sciences.
14 May 2018
Boon-Chin Tan, a senior lecturer in the Centre for Research in Biotechnology for Agriculture at University of Malaya, Malaysia, has been awarded a Royal Society-Newton Advanced Fellowship to join Gordon Simpson’s lab.
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.
14 Jan 2015
Finding the solution to a new level of genetic complexity could help unlock the secrets of the DNA code in plant and human genomes.
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.
CLS researchers strengthen links with scientists at the National Centre for Biological Sciences (...20 Nov 2013
Collaboration between life sciences research in Dundee and India was consolidated last week (11-16 November 2013) by a team of CLS Principal Investigators who visited the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem) in Bangalore to explore mutual scientific interests and future projects.
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.
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.