Category Archives: UK Plant Sciences Federation

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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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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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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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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