How plant science will change the world — The Biochemist Blog

Before Christmas I was given the opportunity to write a post for The Biochemist Blog- check it out via the link below!   By Erica Hawkins, John Innes Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich Plant science is a lot more important than you realise. It has often been cast as cell biology’s less exciting sibling. … Continue reading How plant science will change the world — The Biochemist Blog

Out of this world plants

On Wednesday I attended (and volunteered at) a pint of science event- "An evening with an astronaut". This was an amazing event with Dr Michael Foale (astronaut) and ISSET Director Chris Barber- which showed us about what it is like living in space.   https://www.instagram.com/p/BeWJDCKls9_/?taken-by=science_by_erica The whole talk was great- but one thing that really … Continue reading Out of this world plants

Whats new in the world of Plants?

January so far has been an exciting month for plant science- here are three of my favourite plant stories that may have passed you by! Plant Tattoos: Scientists from Iowa State University have developed a new graphene-based, sensors on tape that can be attached to plants. This tool dubbed the "plant tattoo sensor" is a … Continue reading Whats new in the world of Plants?

Plants that do more

Happy New Year everyone!! To kick off the new year here is a post about some uses of plants that you may not have known about... Phytoremediation: Phytoremediation is a fancy way of saying 'using plants to remove contamination'. There are many ways in which chemical and biological contaminants can get into the environment- causing contaminated … Continue reading Plants that do more

Five Plants of Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! In celebration of the upcoming Christmas celebrations here is a more Christmassy themed post- a few facts about our favourite christmas plants. 1.) Mistletoe. "Christmas time, Mistletoe and wine..." Mistletoe is a plant which has been written about in stories, poems and songs for hundreds of years, and now is synonymous with Christmas. It is a semi-parasitic … Continue reading Five Plants of Christmas

The method that has plant scientists excited: CRISPR Cas9

You may have heard of a technique now commonly being used in plant science: CRISPR/Cas9. But what is this? and why is it causing such a buzz in the science world? What is CRISPR/Cas9? CRISPR/Cas9 is a new(ish) tool used for targeted genome editing. This means that a specific change can be made to the … Continue reading The method that has plant scientists excited: CRISPR Cas9

What is Plant transformation? Part 2: Transient transformation

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about stable plant transformation, which is used for the long-term research of genes, and for long-term production of a trait/compound. This post is going to focus on another plant transformation technique: Transient transformation. What is transient transformation? Transient transformation is a mechanism to introduce or silence genes temporarily … Continue reading What is Plant transformation? Part 2: Transient transformation

What is plant transformation?

You may have heard plant scientists saying they used "plant transformation" to express a gene within a target plant. But what exactly does this mean? What is plant transformation? Plant transformation is a way to insert DNA from another organism- normally another plant, into the genome of a plant of interest. For example, in my work I … Continue reading What is plant transformation?