Find out more about the work of our Life Sciences researchers.
Haricot bean breeding (October 2017)
Professor Eric Holub talked on BBC Radio 4’s Farming Today programme about the haricot bean breeding programme at Warwick Crop Centre. Listen to the podcast at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b098bsy0
Antibiotic useage (October 2017
Professor Elizabeth Wellington talked to Adam Rutherford on BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science about how the agricultural use of antibiotics is contributing to the global spread of resistance to them: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0977v58
Turnip yellows virus (2016)
Max Newbert and John Walsh have prepared videos on the outcomes of their BBSRC Crop Improvement Research Club (CIRC) project on exploiting sources of plant virus resistance for deployment in oilseed rape. Graham Teakle and Guy Barker were project co-investigators and Adam Baker was the PDRA. Sources of resistance were identified in oilseed rape and lines of the diploid progenitors of oilseed rape; QTLs associated with the three resistance sources have been mapped. All three resistances have been shown to be effective against viral isolates representing the different genetic groups of the virus. The diversity of the virus across Europe has been investigated with 179 whole genomes sequenced, detailed phylogenetic analyses performed, new weed hosts identified and a full-length infectious clone of the virus generated.
- Video for the general public:
Developing crops with natural resistance to plant diseases
- Video for potential partners who would be interested in exploiting the resistances for deployment in commercial crops:
Identifying, mapping and exploiting natural resistance to Turnip yellows virus in oilseed rape and other brassicas
The videos were funded by BBSRC’s Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) grant to Warwick Ventures which also funded Max as an Impact Fellow supervised by Suzy Wood.
Chiari Malformation & Syringomyelia (August 2015)
Professor Koentges and his lab at the School of Life Sciences are deciphering the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which the base of the skull grows, a critical region affected in the human Chiari malformation which affects up to 1 percent of the human population. He is supported by Column of Hope and ConquerChiari, two American charities dedicated to the understanding and cure of this serious neurological ailment. This work was recently featured on American TV, illustrating the international reach of our science.
The programme can be viewed below (the research is featured from minute 8 onwards)
Metabolic co-dependence in bacterial biofilms (July 2015)
This video summarises research from Dr Munehiro Asally's recent Nature paper, 'Metabolic codependence gives rise to collective oscillations within biofilms' by Liu et al
UK Plant Science 2015 and Journal of Experimental Botany talks (May 2015)
Using cell-specific genomics to understand the scale of symbiosis - Dr Miriam Gifford
Ancient DNA and the origins and evolution of agriculture - Dr Robin Allaby
CBC radio podcast 'Ancient Wheat DNA in Britain' with Dr Robin Allaby (Feb 2015)
Rainbow Seed Fund What is Synthetic Biology (August 2014)
Prof Orkun Soyer and Prof Declan Bates feature in a short video entitled 'What is Synthetic Biology'. The video, which was commissioned by the venture capital fund the Rainbow Seed Fund, highlights the field’s potential as a significant driver for UK business.
Engineering synthetic microbial communities (June 2014)
This video describes research into synthetic microbial communities in Professor Orkun Soyer's lab (part of a BBSRC-funded sLOLA project).
Celebrating 100 years of life-changing discoveries; Fleming to Dowson and Roper (Dec 2013)
Part of the MRC series to celebrate 100 years of life-changing discoveries, this video explores the work of Sir Alexander Fleming (Immunology) through to Life Sciences researchers Professor Chris Dowson and Dr David Roper (Infectious Disease Research).
Mathematical model of bee disease (14 Oct 2013)
BBC Midlands Today interview Samik Datta and Matt Keeling on their work modelling disease spread in honeybees on Jersey.The work has potential benefits for reversing the global populaton decline in bees seen in the ast 30 years.
Scientist's on a quest to develop a British baked bean
Scientists at Warwick Crop Centre are using the latest DNA mapping techniques to allow British farmers to grow one of the UK’s favourite foods:
News item on baked bean research also on YouTube (Sept 2013)
Evolution of herbicide resistance
Weed scientist Dr Paul Neve shared his expertise at Australia's Global Herbicide Resistance Challenge conference in February 2013. Major issues discussed include the threat of herbicide resistance and its impact on global grain production, alternatives to chemical weed control and the latest gene modification advances.
View Paul's presentation online: 'The rate debate: do low or reduced herbcide rates exacerbate evolution resistance?'
Spread of viral infections
Professor Andrew Easton demonstrates how viral infections spread amongst children.
The video, produced by Tigress Productions, was shown as part of the BBC Two programme 'Winter Viruses and how to Beat Them' on 28 January 2013.
Can a sneeze go supersonic?
Professor Andrew Easton helps the BBC's 'Bang Goes the Theory' track the speed of a sneeze (March 2013)
Genetics of disease resistance
Professor Eric Holub discusses the genetics of disease resistance. Eric explains his research and it's potential application to agriculture.
Watch the genetics of diseases resistance on YouTube (published Jan 2013)
Springwatch: Seeds and spring
BBC Midlands Today ask Dr Steve Footitt and Professor Bill Finch-Savage how seeds know when Spring is here and what a changing climate might mean for them.
Watch Seeds and Spring on YouTube (published 14 June 2012)
Conserved noncoding sequences highlight shared components of regulatory networks in dicotyledonous plants
Laura Baxter, Aleksey Jironkin, Richard Hickman, Jay Moore, Christopher Barrington, Peter Krusche, Nigel P. Dyer, Vicky Buchanan-Wollaston, Alexander Tiskin, Jim Beynon, Katherine Denby, Sascha Ott. Plant Cell, 24: 3949-3965, 2012.
Dr Katherine Denby is one of the academics discussing conserved regulatory sequences in plants.
Dr Kevin Moffat explains 'Linkage Mapping'
The Vacuole Song
Dr Lorenzo Frigerio, a plant cell biologist who studies plant protein storage vacuoles, has written a song about vacuoles with his PhD student Charlotte Carroll and colleagues from Oxford Brookes University. The video is for use in secondary schools. The song and accompanying video aim to help students to understand these intracellular compartments in plants and how they function (published 2011).
Watch 'The Vacuole Song'
Golgi Lullaby (June 2013)
This video from Lorenzo Frigerio shows dancing fluorescent Golgi bodies in tobacco leaf cells, visualised with confocal laser scanning microscopy.
The Mitochondria Rock Song (Oct 2013)
This is a song about mitochondria - the ATP-production machine. Movies in this video show mitochondria and other organelles in plant cells made visible with fluorescent proteins.
Cell Specific Analysis of Arabidopsis Leaves Using Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting
Jesper T. Grønlund, Alison Eyres, Sanjeev Kumar, Vicky Buchanan-Wollaston, Miriam L. Gifford
This open access video from the Journal of Visualized Experiments will allow you to gain an understanding of how Life Sciences researchers isolate single cell types of leaves using fluorescence-activated cell sorting (published 2012).
An Introduction to Worm Lab: from Culturing Worms to Mutagenesis
This worm video (which requires a subscription to JoVE) features Dr Andre Pires da Silva, a new Associate Professor in Life Sciences.