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Graduate Symposium Prizes 2014



This week the Department’s annual Graduate Symposium took place, showcasing the breadth of research across Plant Sciences. Our third year D.Phil. students gave research seminars, and the second year students presented posters.

Congratulations go to Ivey Geoghegan and Olga Sedelnikova who won the prizes for best talk and best poster, respectively.

Ivey Geoghegan’s project investigates the role of chitin deacetylation in the rice blast fungus, Magnaporthe oryzae.

Olga Sedelnikova’s project aims to identify developmental regulators of C4 Kranz anatomy.


Grass species and their role in food security, soil stabilisation and golf courses


Stephen Harris took part in a BBC World Service radio broadcast discussing grass species and their role in food security, soil stabilisation and golf courses.

The broadcast is available at


ISI highly cited researchers for 2014


Lee Sweetlove and Ester Rabbinowitsch have been recognised as ISI highly cited researchers for 2014


ERC award to Renier van der Hoorn


The European Research Council has awarded an ERC consolidator grant to Dr. Renier van der Hoorn for his 'GreenProteases' proposal with the full title: 'The proteolytic machinery of the plant apoplast: from basic understanding to improved recombinant protein production'. The EU will sponsor this project with 2 million euro for a period of 5 years. The ERC team of Dr van der Hoorn will use different protease depletion strategies to identify the role and substrates of secreted proteases and improve recombinant protein production in plants.