University of Dundee

Latest News for 09/2020

November 2018

  • Microscopy image of blight infection
    08 Nov 2018

    Scientists at the James Hutton Institute, in collaboration with colleagues in the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Huazhong Agricultural University, Heilongjiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences (both China) and Wageningen University (Netherlands), have shed further light into the mechanisms through which the potato blight pathogen interacts with plant cells to promote disease.

September 2018

July 2018

  • Professor Paul Birch
    30 Jul 2018

    Potato blight, caused by the water mould Phytophthora infestans, is the major disease of potatoes worldwide and is thus a threat to food security. New research from the Birch lab in the Division of Plant Sciences based at the James Hutton Institute has discovered a mechanism that could combat late light disease. The findings have been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

May 2018

  • Professor Paul Birch
    17 May 2018

    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.

June 2017

  • 05 Jun 2017

    Three researchers from the University of Dundee’s School of Life Sciences have been awarded grants totalling almost £3.5million to explore a range of subject areas. Professor Pauline Schaap has received a European Research Council (ERC) advance grant of £1.7million for her work exploring cell specialisms while Dr Constance Alabert was awarded a £1.1million ERC Early Career Stage grant to investigate the impact of DNA replication on epigenetics.

March 2016

  • 07 Mar 2016

    The Royal Society of Edinburgh has announced today that four people from the University of Dundee have been elected as Fellows of the RSE, three of whom are from the Schools of Life Sciences.   The new Fellows from the University are:   ·         Wendy Alexander, Vice-Principal (International) ·         Paul Birch, Professor of Plant Pathology and Deputy Head of the Division of Plant Sciences

February 2016

  • 09 Feb 2016

    Scientists working in Scotland and China have uncovered a potential Achilles’ heel in the organism which causes potato blight, a global problem with associated costs estimated at $6billion around the world every year.   Blight was the cause of the infamous Irish potato famine in the nineteenth century and remains a huge problem around the world, particularly as more countries turn to potato as a major staple crop and ramp up production. China is now the world’s major producer of potatoes.