York Science & Innovation Grand Tour May - Sept 2012

Sponsored by Aviva

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York plant biologists, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have developed new varieties of a medicinal plant that cures the killer disease malaria.

This image shows the leaf surface of Artemisia annua where artemisinin, a vital drug in the fight against malaria, is made in specialised cells called trichomes. Malaria claims a million lives every year and University scientists are using the latest technologies to develop high-yielding varieties of the plant, to help meet the increasing demand for affordable malaria medicines. Working in partnership with East-West Seed, an international seed production company, the aim is to introduce seeds commercially from 2012.

This exhibit is just one example of the breadth of research carried out within the Department of Biology at the University of York. For more examples please see the links under ‘Other Exhibits from this Sponsor’

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