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Getting to the root of the problem
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

Perhaps one of the most pressing challenges facing mankind is achieving food security in a world faced with climate change, a rapidly growing global population and environmental degradation. All over the world, plant scientists are engaged in research that seeks to push crop production beyond current limits

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Liquid Assets- Capital ways to save water
Spring 2015
28 February 2015

“Water scarcity and therefore access to clean drinking water is particularly important in semi-arid regions such as the Mediterranean area, but also in other regions where water demand approaches, or even exceeds, water availability. This includes large areas of Europe”

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Liquid Assets- Accounting for every drop
Spring 2015
28 February 2015

“Necessity is the mother of invention”, as the saying goes. In a world where water can be critically limiting, plants and animals have evolved some amazing innovations to make the most of every drop. Cutting off limbs, making protein from muscles and organs, not urinating for several months…there is no end to the lengths some species will go to, when it comes to overcoming water deficit.

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Plant transport meets Synthetic Biology in Glasgow
Spring 2015
28 February 2015

The meeting kicked off with Hagen Bayley’s (Oxford) plenary talk on constructing tissue-like materials from networks of communicating droplets. Hagen showed how droplets can be endowed with biological functions such as energy storage and signal detection, inventively using 3D printing to generate networks with emergent properties.