April, 8, 2019.
Grant success – Plant science expertise recognised with prestigious grants for University of Sheffield researchers
Prestigious Leverhulme research grants totalling more than £1m in addition to a large NERC award have been awarded to four P3 Early Career Researchers. Drs Stuart Campbell, Stuart Casson, Matt Johnson and Lisa Smith are all part of the new projects, please see details of their research below. Dr Matt… Full story
February, 26, 2019.
Epigenetics: how the ‘dark matter of biology’ could help in the fight against plant diseases
A new insight into how plants are able to epigenetically pass on resistance to their offspring in order to strengthen their immune system against pests and diseases has been discovered by scientists at the University of Sheffield. The study, led by Professor Jurriaan Ton from the University of Sheffield’s P3… Full story
December, 6, 2018.
P3 scientist receives 2018 Newton Prize for work on drought resistant beans
Dr Caspar Chater has won a national award for his project developing climate ready beans to combat drought related crop losses in Mexican and Latin American agriculture. Dr Caspar Chater, Marie Curie Fellow within the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (MBB) and a member of P3 at the University… Full story
November, 9, 2018.
Pollution in cities damaging insects and ecosystems
High levels of pollution found in many of the world’s major cities are having negative effects on plants and insects, according to new research from the University of Sheffield. The study, published in Nature Communications, reveals that plants exposed to high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) – similar to levels… Full story
October, 25, 2018.
Our quest to make the UK’s most sustainable cup of coffee
Prof. Duncan Cameron, co-Director of P3, has been working with industry partners to make the supply chain for coffee sold on the University of Sheffield campus as sustainable as possible. Professor Cameron, who is the academic lead on sustainability at the University, hosted a talk for Sustainability Week entitled ‘The… Full story
September, 28, 2018.
P3 Researcher shortlisted for Newton Prize
Congratulations to Dr Caspar Chater who has been shortlisted for the 2018 Newton Prize for his work: Improving bean water use efficiency and bean nitrogen fixation under drought using non-transgenic Mesoamerican germplasm. The project is in collaboration with the Institute of Biotechnology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico,… Full story
September, 5, 2018.
P3 presents Mobile Mass Spectrometry at the ACS National Meeting & Expo
P3 member Dr Heather Walker has showcased new portable mass spectrometry equipment at a major international conference. Dr Walker, who manages the University of Sheffield’s Biological Mass Spectrometry Facility, presented a workshop, ‘Mobile Mass Spectrometry: Taking the Laboratory to the Field’, after trialling the new mobile equipment in June. She… Full story
August, 31, 2018.
World-leading plant growth facility set to become more sustainable
One of the most advanced plant growth facilities in the world, which is helping scientists to enhance our understanding of how crops are being affected by climate change and disease, is set to become more sustainable thanks to new funding. The Sir David Read Controlled Environment Facility in the University… Full story
August, 8, 2018.
Take a tour around the P3 controlled environment facilities
Haarkon are visual storytellers Magnus and India. Together, they run a hugely popular blog showcasing their spectacular photographs, which capture the contrasts between nature and architecture. Haarkon recently visited the University of Sheffield to photograph the plant science labs at the Arthur Willis Environment Centre and the Sir David… Full story
July, 25, 2018.
Rice with fewer stomata requires less water and is better suited for climate change
Study finds engineered rice lines with low stomatal density used just 60 per cent of the normal amount of water and were able to survive drought and high temperatures for longer than unaltered plants. Almost half of the global rice crop derives from rain-fed agricultural systems where drought and high… Full story