29 Jul 2019
Food security and livelihoods for a majority of Ethiopians depends on smallholder farming, and barley is an important crop grown by over 4 million smallholder farmers for multiple uses as food, feed and as a cash crop for an emerging malting and brewing industry.
26 Jul 2019
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.
21 May 2019
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.
17 May 2019
Cereals provide more calories in the human diet than any other source and their grains underpin beer and whisky production across the globe but we have ‘barley’ begun to harvest the secrets of our cereals, says a University of Dundee plant scientist. Dr Sarah McKim, who specialises in the developmental biology of plants, will help the public gain an insight into the importance of our cereals by sharing how ground-breaking research in Dundee is increasing our understanding of how genes control cereal growth.
12 May 2019
Professor Hari Hundal and Dr Sarah McKim were named winners in their respective categories in the Dundee University Student Association (DUSA) Student-led Teaching Awards on Friday night. Hari jointly won in the Most Inspirational Teaching category while Sarah won the Best Postgraduate Supervisor category. The shortlisted nominees (from over 300 nominations) and the students who nominated attended the Student Led Teaching Awards Dinner last Friday, where the winners were announced.
16 Jan 2019
A number of school prizes were presented at Review of the Year today. Innovator of the Year New for this year, Innovator of the Year, two categories were introduced for best innovation and for early-stage new business ideas. In partnership with the Centre of Entrepreneurship, the winners are guaranteed an automatic place in the appropriate category of the University of Dundee, Venture 2019 Final, plus a chance to participate in the on-campus three month summer Elevator accelerator programme.
05 Dec 2018
New gene combinations in barley could prove a budding success for breeders and brewers across the world, according to a new study by plant scientists at the University of Dundee and the James Hutton Institute. The study, published in New Phytologist, suggests new barley lines created by bringing together novel genetic variation, could dramatically benefit the brewing and distilling industries by offering improved grain quality.
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.
03 Oct 2018
A Plant Scientist in Dundee has been awarded almost £1.25 million to study the interaction between plants and soil microbes, with the ultimate aim of boosting sustainable food production.
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.