September, 22, 2017.
A “fix and flex” model explains how plants breathe
New research published this week by University of Sheffield scientists is rewriting our textbook understanding of how plants breathe. Plants “breathe” by taking up carbon dioxide and expelling oxygen through microscopic pores called stomata, which are surrounded by guard cells. The research proposes a new mechanism of how the stomata… Full story
June, 16, 2017.
Knowledge Exchange team is runner up in Praxis Unico Impact Awards 2017
The Knowledge Exchange (KE) Team for the Plant Production and Protection (P3) Centre at the University of Sheffield was last night named as one of the two runners-up to the ‘KE Team of the Year’ at the Praxis Unico Impact Awards. Being named as a finalist reflected how the team… Full story
May, 16, 2017.
Shedding light on the beginning of farming
Researchers from the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures at the University of Sheffield have shed light on how hunter-gatherers first began farming and how crops were domesticated to depend on humans. Domesticated crops have been transformed almost beyond recognition in comparison with their wild relatives – a change that happened… Full story
April, 12, 2017.
Are we still digging for victory? Scientists measure the UK’s own-grown fruit and vegetable production
From window boxes and growbags to greenhouses and allotments, scientists need your help to measure the amount of own-grown fruit and vegetables across the UK in the first national estimate of the 21st century. The MYHarvest survey, which will be the first since the famous Dig for Victory campaign during… Full story
April, 4, 2017.
Wolfson Foundation CEO Visits P3 Facility
Scientists from the Plant Production and Protection (P3) Centre at the University of Sheffield were delighted to be able to welcome Paul Ramsbottom, CEO of the Wolfson Foundation to visit their labs at the beginning of April. The Wolfson Foundation awarded £1 million to P3 in 2016 and this was… Full story
February, 28, 2017.
How to reduce the environmental impact of a loaf of bread?
With an estimated 12 million loaves sold in the UK every day, bread remains a staple of the British diet. In a ground-breaking study researchers from the University of Sheffield have now calculated the environmental impact of a loaf of bread and which part of its production contributes the most… Full story
December, 8, 2016.
University of Sheffield team wins entrepreneur competition
A team of four researchers from P3 and the Faculty of Science at the University of Sheffield has won the Environment YES innovation competition, beating off challengers from universities across the UK by pitching an idea for fully recyclable paper cups. The Sheffield team members were Chris Dutton and Jess… Full story
October, 7, 2016.
Saving the world — with fish poo
Citizen scientists can help experts understand how society can feed a growing world population by fertilising food with fish poo through a pioneering Kickstarter campaign launched today (19 September 2016). The WeGrow.Social team at the University of Sheffield has teamed up with Humble By Nature, an organic working farm run… Full story
October, 7, 2016.
Properties of cell wall could be the key to plant climate change adaptability
Research published this month by P3 researchers at the University of Sheffield sheds new light on plant growth and provides an insight into how plants might adapt in response to climate change. As part of an project involving collaborators at the University of Leeds, the team used microscopy and genetic… Full story
July, 21, 2016.
P3 researcher wins EPSRC fellowship
Dr Jill Edmondson, a postdoctoral researcher in the Plant Production and Protection (P3) Centre, has been awarded an Early Career Living with Environmental Change Challenge fellowship by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The five year fellowship, which started in June 2016, provides over £970,000 for Jill to… Full story