Category Archives: health

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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Actions for plant science in the UK – UKPSF Working Group reports

A personal overview – by Dr Sandy Knapp FRSB Plant science has a broad reach – from molecules to ecosystems, and from blue skies to near-market research and practical applications. The UKPSF was formed to bring the plant science sector … 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 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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Highlights from UK PlantSci 2015

Over 135 plant scientists, policymakers and educators from across the UK and further afield came together for the fourth annual UK PlantSci conference, held at Harper Adams University on 14th and 15th April. The meeting hosted a diverse programme of … 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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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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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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The search for sustainable fish oil

Strategies to protect the marine environment range from fishing quotas to using concrete blocks as artificial reefs. Now, a field in Hertfordshire is the surprising home of an experiment to improve the health of our seas. In 2013, for the first … Continue reading

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