Author Archives: Guest Blogger

State of the World’s Plants

31 May 2016 By Richard Deverell – Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew recently published the first annual report on the State of the World’s Plants, alongside an international science and policy symposium on the topic. … Continue reading

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3 reasons I attend scientific conferences. What are yours?

10 May 2016 By Keir Bailey, a PhD student at the University of York What was the last conference you went to? Did you take time to think about what gained from it? Here are my top 3 things I … Continue reading

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How can plants change the world?

By Dr Joseph Buhagiar FSB, lecturer at the University of Malta. He received the first overseas award of the Royal Society of Biology’s Regional Grant Scheme.  It all started with an email from David Urry on 6th January pertaining to … Continue reading

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The Global Plant Council

Did you know the UK Plant Sciences Federation is a member of the Global Plant Council (GPC)? What is the Global Plant Council? The Global Plant Council (GPC) is a non-profit coalition of plant, crop, agricultural and environmental science societies … Continue reading

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Saving the spud and engaging the public

“How do you breed potatoes to taste nice?” “Can we use microbes to fight potato pathogens?” ”How is late blight spread?” These were just some of the many questions sent in by the public to grill a panel of four … Continue reading

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The Gatsby Plants Summer School – thoughts from two of the 2005 alumni

By Celia Knight FRSB As promised last time, this blog will focus on alumni stories. I’m using the 10 year anniversary of the Gatsby Plants Summer School to track down current email addresses for the 94 students who attended the … Continue reading

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The Gatsby Plant Science Summer School – 10 years on

By Celia Knight FSB Ten years after the first Gatsby Plant Science Summer School, I’d like to introduce the first of a series of blogs to highlight some of the progress made in the science presented 10 years ago and … Continue reading

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A preview of UK PlantSci 2015

Year after year, delegates at the UK PlantSci conference remark on the sheer breadth and diversity of topics covered. It looks as though 2015 will be no exception, with seven jam-packed sessions taking place over two days in April at Harper … Continue reading

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Shedding light on photosynthesis research

By Angela White Photosynthesis is a major target area for crop improvement. In July 2014, I caught up with three plant scientists researching photosynthesis to discover their latest findings, which were presented at the Society for Experimental Biology’s annual main … Continue reading

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Diseases to look out for on fruit trees in spring

By Josh Andrews Fruit trees are many gardeners’ best friends. We watch them grow from saplings into perfectly trained bearers of sweet plump produce, the reward for our patience and hard work. They need a lot of investment in time … Continue reading

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