Category Archives: environment

UK set to celebrate Fascination of Plants Day 2015

Preparations are now well on their way for the third international Fascination of Plants Day. Fascination of Plants Day (FoPD) was launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO) to encourage people around the world to celebrate … Continue reading

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Can we afford to lose what Kew has to offer?

On Wednesday 17th December the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee held an evidence session addressing announcements made by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew earlier this year about its £5m “budget gap”. Kew is currently going through a staff … 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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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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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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UK risks losing out without improved investment in plant science

Today, the report UK Plant Science: Current status and future challenges is launched by the UK Plant Sciences Federation (UKPSF), a special interest group of the Society of Biology. The report reveals that the UK’s position as a world leader … 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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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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