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Model figure
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

A major challenge for crop improvement strategies is the development of robust approaches to study plant morphology and architecture. These are complex traits that change during development and in response to the prevailing environment. A raft of new technologies is being developed to enable detailed analysis of these complex traits. Perez et al have started tackling the structural complexity of plant architecture by looking at 3D architecture of oil palm.

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Flower power
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

In this article Chan et al. address an as yet unmet urgent need in polio eradication. The WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts recommended the complete global withdrawal of oral polio vaccine (OPV) type 2 by April 2016, replacing it with inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV).

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Improving rice yields - Woolhouse lecture
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

The Woolhouse lecture – now a traditional event at the SEB Annual Meeting - pays tribute to the remarkable botanist and plant physiologist Harold Woolhouse (1932-1996). A former influential president of SEB, Harold was Director of the John Innes Centre between 1980 – 1989, transforming it into an international centre of excellence for the plant sciences. Each year, the SEB invites one of the modern generation of plant pioneers to describe how their work is pushing the frontiers of knowledge and technology even further. At SEB Brighton 2016, Jane Langdale (Professor at the University of Oxford) introduced us to exciting research aimed at improving rice yields.

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Pushing the frontiers
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

Artificial life has traditionally belonged to the realm of science-fiction yet it is fast becoming a reality as synthetic biologists go boldly where no other biologists have gone before. From gene circuits to carbon capture to light-activated organisms – the pioneers of this brave new world were in full force at our Annual Meeting in Brighton.