Tag Archives: Enrico Coen

Watch online: Public Lecture by Professor Enrico Coen FRS at Edinburgh Science Festival

On Tuesday 15th April 2014, Professor Enrico Coen FRS gave a public lecture at the National Museum of Scotland, as part of Edinburgh Science Festival. Professor Coen, author of Cells to Civilizations, which was shortlisted for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, explored the four great life transformations – evolution, development, learning, and [...]

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Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2013

Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books 2013

Professor Enrico Coen of the John Innes Centre was one of six authors short-listed for the prestigious Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books in 2013. On 25th November, all six short-listed authors gave readings and discussed their thoughts with host Dara O’Briain, at Popular Science Book Night, at The Royal Society in London. At the [...]

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Hidden map in growing buds shown to control leaf and petal shape

Hidden map in growing buds shown to control leaf and petal shape

How petals get their shape Why do rose petals have rounded ends while their leaves are more pointed? In a study to be published in open access journal PLOS Biology, John Innes Centre and University of East Anglia scientists reveal that the shape of petals and leaves is controlled by a hidden map located within [...]

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Exploring the inner world of carnivorous plants

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Professor Enrico Coen from the John Innes Centre has been awarded €2.5M EU funding to explore the growth and evolution of carnivorous plants. “Carnivorous plants turn the normal order of nature upside down, eating animals instead of being eaten by them,” said Karen Lee, a researcher working on the project at the John Innes Centre. [...]

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What makes flowers so beautiful?

Why are some leaves curly, others spiky, and others flat? Listen to the recent BBC radio discussion, Forum, in which  John Innes scientist professor Enrico Coen discusses these questions with New York photographer Andrew Zuckerman, and ecology professor Lars Chittka. Bridget Kendall brings together these three experts to ponder some of nature’s mysteries. Enrico Coen [...]

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Cells to Civilizations

Professor Enrico Coen of the John Innes Centre is the author of a new book that describes the unified principles behind the transformations that define life. What are the connections between evolving microbes, an egg that develops into an infant, a child who learns to walk and talk, and the rise of Ancient Rome? For [...]

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First model of how buds grow into leaves

Leaves come in all shapes and sizes. Scientists have discovered simple rules that control leaf shape during growth. Using this ‘recipe’, they have developed the first computer model able to accurately emulate leaf growth from a bud.  “A bud does not grow in all directions at the same rate,” said Samantha Fox from the John [...]

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The breathtaking dance of plants

The breathtaking dance of plants

  The way in which plants space out the pores through which they breathe depends on keeping a protein active during stem cell growth, according to John Innes Centre scientists. Plant pores, called stomata, are essential for life. When they evolved about 400 million years ago, they helped plants conquer the land. Plants absorb carbon [...]

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