March 20th, 2012 | Category: Microbiology, Saccharomyces, Video | Leave a comment

Magnetic yeast – from the Oscillator

Christina Agapakis (aka Oscillator) discusses a recent paper from Pam Silver’s lab in this post, “magnetic yeast“.

March 9th, 2012 | Category: Fungi, Microbiology, Papers | One comment

Plastic-eating fungi

Biology is the raw material for synthetic biology. In this paper, ‘Biodegradation of polyester polyurethane by endophytic fungi‘ published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, the authors describe fungal isolates from the Ecuadorian rainforest with the potential for bioremediation.

February 6th, 2012 | Category: Arabidopsis, Media coverage | Leave a comment

How To Grow A Planet (featuring Exeter Biosciences)

Tune in to BBC2 on Tuesday 7th Feb @ 9pm to see University of Exeter Plant Science on the telly!  This first episode of a new three-part series, “How To Grow A Planet“, features an experiment I performed especially for the programme, which aimed to visualise communication between plants.

January 31st, 2012 | Category: Arabidopsis, Papers, Video | Leave a comment

Deep see!

We’ve just published a JoVE protocol showing how to use perfluorodecalin to image plant leaves at depth. This is a simple video which summarises the technique used in our 2010 paper on infiltrative imaging.

January 30th, 2012 | Category: B. subtilis, Beginner's Guides, E. coli, iGEM, Information processing, Materials science, Media coverage, Synthetic Biology, Video | Leave a comment

iGEM showcase part 2: Materials Science

In the first post of this series I looked at the last three winners of the iGEM Grand Prize: University of Washington, Team Slovenia and the University of Cambridge. In the second post I shall cover three imaginative iGEM projects which set out to produce useful materials in novel ways; namely Blood, Bone, and Concrete.