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Traffic noise causes physiological stress and impairs breeding migration behaviour in frogs
Autumn 2014
30 September 2014

Does being stuck in the constant din of traffic push your buttons sometimes? Well, you may not be the only vertebrate affected by the noisy morning commute. For species that use vocalizations to attract mates, human-generated noise can compromise the effectiveness of communication and have significant consequences on animal fitness.

Engineering secondary cell wall deposition in plants
Autumn 2014
30 September 2014

The replacement of fossil fuels by sustainable bioenergy is a long term goal that is coming to fruition. Ligno-cellulosic biomass historically used for animal feed or burning is now developed as a source of sugar for fermentation into biofuels. This article illustrates how synthetic biology can be used in a powerful way to alter plant cell wall construction to facilitate increased saccharification.

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In conversation with...Professor Bill Davies
Autumn 2014
30 September 2014

With both of us based at Lancaster University, you’d think it would be easy for Bill and I to meet for our bulletin interview. However, the truth is that when we do bump into each other these days, it’s usually at scientific meetings. The last time was at the SEB Meeting in Manchester in July this year, where his career of over 35 years was being celebrated in the session: “Roots for Global Food Security”

In conversation with...John Love
Spring 2014
12 March 2014

I meet John in London where he is hosting the SEB Synthetic Biology Symposium. One of his postdocs introduces me, excited to present her fascinating professor. As the Chair of the SEB Cell Section, John aims to involve younger scientists in designing symposia and focus on their research interests.