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Cracking the egg
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

In July 2016, Brighton played host to an invasion of eggheads. Held on the eve of the annual SEB Conference, the “Cracking the Egg” satellite meeting welcomed egg experts from around the world to gather and share their passion for one of nature’s most delectable phenomena. Organised by egg enthusiasts, Dr Steve Portugal (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Prof Mark Hauber (Cornell University), the aim of the meeting was to “bring together researchers from different scientific fields to talk about all things ‘egg’”. Here are some of the highlights of the day.

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Café Scientifique
Autumn 2016
31 October 2016

Since they first started in 1998, Café Scientifiques have been bringing researchers and the public together to discuss the latest scientific ideas in cafes, bars and restaurants across the country. For the public, these events offer an insight into the real world of academic research. For the researchers meanwhile, it’s an opportunity to have their work scrutinised by a different audience, who often have very searching questions! At our 2016 Annual Meeting, the SEB joined forces with the Brighton Café Scientifique group to present “The good, the bad, and the ugly: Who benefits from living and moving in groups?”

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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).