Category Archives: ecology

UKPSF reaction to the UK Agri-Tech Strategy

Today the Government announced its £160 million Agri-Tech strategy. The UK has some of the world’s leading agricultural scientists, and we are pleased that the Government has chosen to invest in their work. The challenges facing global agriculture are huge … 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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A sneak preview of UK PlantSci 2013

By Mimi Tanimoto While we tie up the final plans for this year’s UK PlantSci meeting, I thought I would share a sneak preview of what’s in store for the second annual  conference of the UK Plant Sciences Federation, taking … Continue reading

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What to trees and pancakes have in common?

By Mimi Tanimoto This year “Ash Wednesday” took on a whole new meaning for me. Instead of experiencing the feelings of regret over the number of pancakes I’d eaten the night before, or deliberating over what I should give up … Continue reading

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Your plant science questions answered

By Rebecca Nesbit So many issues in plant science (and indeed in science in general) don’t have the simple answers we expect. Organic farming can cause environmental damage, GM crops have potential to increase food security, and some biofuels can … 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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