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Uncertainty in the research process is a source of excitement for Yujun Peng, Dewar Cooper Fellowship recipient Mar 08 2022

Yujun Peng, a member of Dr. Yuelin Zhang’s lab group, was recently awarded the Dewar Cooper doctoral fellowship for her work on the salicylic acid hormone signaling pathway. Her lab group focuses on how plant immune responses are regulated against the pathogen invasion, and early studies show that salicylic…

Elizabeth Mahon, Jonathan Page Fellowship awardee, finds satisfaction in scientific problem-solving Feb 28 2022

Elizabeth Mahon, PhD student in the lab group of Dr. Shawn Mansfield, was awarded the…

MSc student Isaac Borrego wins award in the BRC Research Photo Competition Feb 24 2022

Originally posted by the Beaty Museum

Forest Mortality, by Isaac Borrego, received the Plants, Algae, & Fungi award in the Biodiversity Research Center's photo competition. Congratulations Isaac! 

The…

UBC Botany In the News! Feb 10 2022

Dr. Amy Angert gave comments in a CTV News article about how climate change is affecting seed dispersal: Climate change is making it harder for plants to spread seeds via animals
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Sunflowers’ invisible colours help them attract bees and adapt to drought Jan 18 2022

Originally published by UBC Science on January 18, 2022

It turns out sunflowers are more than just a pretty face: the ultraviolet colours of their flowers not only attract pollinators, but also help the plant…

New research shows gene exchange between viruses and hosts drives evolution Jan 18 2022

Originally posted by UBC Science on January 4, 2022

The first comprehensive analysis of viral horizontal gene transfer (HGT) illustrates the extent to which viruses pick up genes from their hosts to hone their…

The Curious World of Seaweed, an exhibition with scientific advisors Bridgette Clarkston & Patrick Martone Dec 03 2021

Originally posted by the Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Visit the Online Exhibition from November 18, 2021 – April 24, 2022!

Insects beware! This west coast plant wants to eat you Dec 03 2021

Originally posted by UBC Science on August 9, 2021

The delicate stalk and pretty white flowers of Triantha occidentalis may seem like the perfect place to perch if you’re an insect, but get trapped in its sticky hairs and it will…

Botanical garden as time capsule: Untangling plants’ potential to sequester carbon Dec 03 2021

Originally posted by UBC Science on June 3, 2021

A study conducted at two botanical gardens in Canada may help researchers better understand the ability of plant life to act as Earth’s carbon sink, and the…

Mystery of photosynthetic algae evolution finally solved Dec 03 2021

Originally posted by UBC Science on March 30, 2021

New research in Nature Communications details the painstaking unraveling and reconstruction of a key protein in a single-celled, photosynthetic organism called a cryptophyte, a type…