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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.

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In conversation with...Steven Cooke
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

I first met Steve at the SEB Meeting in Valencia 2013, where he was helping Oxford University Press to promote the recently launched SEB journal, Conservation Physiology , for which he is the founding Editor- in-chief. Recently elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, and a recognised leader in his field, Steve, who is based at Carleton University, Ottawa, describes his research interests as ‘eclectic’.

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Comparative physiology - experiencing a revolution
Autumn 2015
30 September 2015

What happens when you bring together comparative physiologists, evolutionary biologists and geneticists in the same room? The answer: Dynamic discussion and exciting new collaborations, as was demonstrated at the satellite session “Genome-powered perspectives in integrative physiology and evolutionary biology” at the 2015 SEB Annual Meeting in Prague. During the meeting, I managed to catch up with session co-chair Michael Berenbrink (University of Liverpool).

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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