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Rising CO2 – It's not just about Global Warming
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

Doing science in the laboratory has its own rewards, but doing science that helps change the world, that inspires people and changes the way they think is even better. That was the central message of the SEB+ Science with Impact session at Prague 2015, where four speakers told us why their research really mattered. This included tackling big issues, pushing to change global policy and inspiring people to use their science to make a difference. As the session chair, Alun Anderson, put it, “this is where we go beyond the science to its impact”.

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Pheno-Menon
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

The Opinon Paper by Grobinsky et al, published in a recent special on plant phenotyping, provides a state of the art overview of technologies for non-invasive phenotyping and the issues of managing and exploiting the large data sets generated from these analyses. Importantly, this paper also highlights the need for the development of new approaches to allow for physiological phenotyping at a tissue and cellular level to enable a phenomics approach.

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On Guard
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

Guard cell photosynthesis is critical for stomatal turgor production, yet does not directly mediate CO2- and ABA-induced stomatal closing.

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Top of the Crops
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

Induced mutations have been a valuable source of useful genetic variation for applied crop breeding. Traditionally these mutations have involved chemical or physical processes whereby random modifications to the genome are generated and selected. Plant biologists have been searching for ways to accurately edit plant genes and allow more efficient crop improvement.