Dr Sarah Robinson, Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University: The mechanics of plant development
Plants have diverse and interesting shapes. How they grow into these forms is a long-standing question in biology.
Plant growth is a physical process whereby the walls that the plant cells are embedded in must soften to allow them to expand. The nature of this softening is controlled by the pattern of gene expression. As some regions soften and expand more than others the shape of the tissue begins to change. My lab studies the physical changes that occur during growth using a small robotic device that I made which enables precise forces to be applied to living plant tissues. We attach this robot to a confocal microscope so that we can visualise the gene expression in the cell at the same time as we apply the forces. This enables us to relate gene expression and cellular events with the changes in physical properties associated with growth.
A programme of free, informal, monthly drop-in plant science talks, bringing the latest discoveries in plant science to our visitors in a 30 minute nutshell.
11am & repeated at 2pm in the Classroom at 1 Brookside.
Suitable for adults and children aged 12+
Talk Free. Normal Garden Admission charge applies.
Talks run monthly March to August
19 April Prof Beverley Glover, Department of Plant Sciences: How does one plant species become two?
Science on Sundays – April 2020
17 May Dr Gita Yadav, Department of Plant Sciences: Unpacking Plant Chemical Arsenals
Science on Sundays – May 2020
21 June Dr Francois Nedelec, Sainsbury Laboratory Cambridge University: Self-organization inside living cells
Science on Sundays – June 2020
19 July Dr Sebastian Eves-van den Akker, Department of Plant Sciences: The overlooked enemy: nematode worms eating the plants from under our feet
Science on Sundays – July 2020
16 August Dr Chantal Helm, Cambridge University Botanic Garden: Exploring wildlife diversity at CUBG and why it matters
Science on Sundays – August 2020