Author Archives: Guest Blogger

From passports to pests: UKPSF visits the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is without a doubt the most famous horticulture exhibition in the UK. Each year it attracts over 500,000 visitors ranging from royals, to keen horticulturalists and plant scientists alike. This year I visited RHS Chelsea for … Continue reading

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Building public support for UK agri-science

On Tuesday 13th May the UKPSF Executive Officer, Dr Mimi Tanimoto, and I attended a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Science and Technology in Agriculture (APPGSTA) at the House of Commons. This was my first visit to the … Continue reading

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Scientists, unions and greens unite in concern over Kew Gardens cuts

By Alice Bell This article is reposted from theguardian.com, Friday 11th April 2014 The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which has sites at Kew Gardens, London and Wakehurst Place, Sussex, has been struggling with cuts for years, but it has recently … Continue reading

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Plant scientists assemble to address future challenges at UK PlantSci 2014

By Anna Tiley One of the defining aspects of doing a BBSRC funded doctoral training partnership (DTP) PhD is the opportunity to do a 3 month placement to gain experience outside of the lab. I have recently started my placement … Continue reading

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Preventing plant disease

Michelle Hulin won the Best Biology Student category of the SET Awards 2013 for her final year project “Preventing Global Disease Spread of a Major Commodity Crop” whilst studying at the University of Bath.  Here she blogs about her project … Continue reading

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How I discovered ash dieback (and what we’re doing about it)

“I was devastated when I realised the disease had arrived in the UK because I had heard about how ash dieback had affected parts of Europe,” says Dr Anne Edwards of the John Innes Centre (JIC), an institute which receives … Continue reading

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Video: new facilities for plant research in the UK

The new multi-million pound National Plant Phenomics Centre (NPPC) is a unique facility within the UK for agricultural and horticultural research. Thousands of plants’ physical characteristics are automatically measured on a cyber-industrial scale and recorded digitally. The subjects researchers will … Continue reading

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Leafy Murder Mystery days are a big hit!

by Katie Tomlinson & Claire Stoker The British Society for Plant Pathology‘s Leafy Murder Mystery event took place on the 17th and 18th May in Stoke Park Woods, Bristol for Fascination of Plants Day. The aim of this event was … Continue reading

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New Guide to Identify Mosses and Lichens of English Orchards

By Helene Coleman & Mari Whitelaw Guest bloggers, Helene Coleman and Mari Whitelaw, from the Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) East of England team, based at the University of Hertfordshire, talk about their recently produced guides to orchard mosses and lichens. … Continue reading

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Obscuring the limits: are Global Change studies aware of their limitations?

By Alan Jones As an idealistic PhD student, I was once told that ecologists are constrained by the limits of our techniques. Within the vagaries of nature, every experiment we undertake is essentially flawed and the best we can do … Continue reading

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