Author Archives: Guest Blogger

‘Power Plants’: renewable energy from photosynthesis

28 March 2017 By Barney Slater AMRSB, BBSRC PhD student at University of Cambridge and policy intern at the Royal Society of Biology, talks about renewable energy from photosynthesis. The need for renewable energy will only increase as our global … Continue reading

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Plant Health Studentships: opportunities for undergrads and providers

This post was originally published on the Royal Society of Biology’s blog on 9 January 2017. Dr Celia Knight FRSB, plant science education and employability consultant, shares her thoughts on undergraduate opportunities. What does a summer studentship mean to an … Continue reading

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Helping urban agriculture take root

This post was originally published on the Royal Society of Biology’s blog on 9 January 2017. Sam Lane AMRSB looks at some of the technologies and policies that will help cities grow their own food. What if I told you … Continue reading

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On the Horizon: Xylella fastidiosa — Microbe Post

By Benjamin Thompson, Head of Communications at the Microbiology Society It’s not just humans and animals that are affected by emerging diseases. In this latest addition to the On the Horizon series, we learn about a poorly understood bacterium that … Continue reading

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How does a flower come to be?

16 August 2016 By Ian Street, Research Associate at Dartmouth College A flowering world There are around 369,000 known flowering plant species on Earth today, by far the most numerous group of plants living on Earth by an order of … Continue reading

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The Nagoya Protocol: The fair and equitable use of genetic resources

3 August 2016 By Katie Beckett, ABS Project Manager at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy The world’s flora has been studied for millennia. The first plant records known to exist are from the Neolithic Revolution, about 1000 … Continue reading

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Plant pest detection technologies: from research to real life

26 July 2016 By Barbara Agstner, economist at Fera Science As an economist working in a research organisation, part of my daily bread and butter is to assess costs and benefits of new technologies. A current example I am working … Continue reading

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Plant IP – how the sands are shifting

27 June 2016 By Penny Maplestone FRSB, Chief Executive of the British Society of Plant Breeders Say the words broccoli and tomato to a group of European plant breeders and the chances are you will spark an excited and at … Continue reading

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Building a vision for the future: creating a roadmap for UK plant sciences

9 June 2016 By Micha Hanzel, science policy intern, and Alessandro Allegra, senior science policy officer at the Royal Society of Biology Plant science has a central role to play in so many of the global challenges facing the world … Continue reading

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