Tag Archives: Caroline Dean

So how do plants know when to flower?

Professor Caroline Dean recently wrote a blog article for The Independent website on how plants know when to flower. This was part of a series of blogs on Women in Science. Caroline also took her research to the streets of the South Bank in London as part of Soapbox Science. This event was organised by The [...]

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How the same plant species can programme itself to flower at different times in different climates

Researchers led by Professor Caroline Dean have uncovered the genetic basis for variations in the vernalization response shown by plants growing in very different climates, linking epigenetic mechanisms with evolutionary change. Vernalization is a period of prolonged cold that some plants require before they will flower. This ensures that they only produce flowers after the [...]

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An evening with plant scientists

In celebration of the first ever International Fascination of Plants Day with over 39 countries taking part, the John Innes Centre home to some of the best plant scientists in the world asked some of them, amongst other things, why plants? What is that fascinates them about plants and what is it they want to [...]

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Plant research reveals new role for gene silencing protein

A DICER protein, known to produce tiny RNAs in cells, also helps complete an important step in gene expression, according to research on Arabidopsis thaliana. The expression of a gene, when an organism’s DNA is transcribed into a useable product, requires activation via a promoter or an external trigger. Plant research to be published in [...]

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Epigenetic “memory” key to nature versus nurture

Epigenetic “memory” key to nature versus nurture

Researchers at the John Innes Centre and funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) have made a discovery, reported in Nature, that explains how an organism can create a biological memory of some variable condition, such as quality of nutrition or temperature. The discovery explains the mechanism of this memory, a sort [...]

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Flowering powers genetic understanding

Flowering powers genetic understanding

New research from the John Innes Centre on how plants adapt their flowering to climate is also helping to unravel some of the mysteries of how genes are controlled. Until relatively recently genome sequencing projects, and studies of gene expression have mostly focussed on the messenger RNA transcripts produced from genes that contain the code [...]

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John Innes Centre scientist receives top international honour

John Innes Centre scientist receives top international honour

John Innes scientist Caroline Dean OBE FRS has been elected a member of the USA’s National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for her excellence in original scientific research.  Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honours given to a scientist or engineer in the USA.  Professor Caroline Dean will be inducted into the Academy [...]

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Plants point the way to coping with climate change

Plants point the way to coping with climate change

[BBSRC News Release]  Roses flowering at Christmas and snow-free ski resorts this winter suggest that climate change is already with us and our farmers and growers will need ways of adapting. Scientists studying how plants have naturally evolved to cope with the changing seasons of temperate climates have made a discovery that could help us [...]

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