Category Archives: plant science

Fixing the Nitrogen Problem

3 October 2017 By David Dent, Chief Technical Officer and a Founder Director of Azotic Technologies Ltd. Nitrogen is crucial to agriculture and no plant can grow without it. To manufacture nitrogen fertilizer, 500 million tonnes of ammonia are produced … Continue reading

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‘Power Plants’: renewable energy from photosynthesis

28 March 2017 By Barney Slater AMRSB, BBSRC PhD student at University of Cambridge and policy intern at the Royal Society of Biology, talks about renewable energy from photosynthesis. The need for renewable energy will only increase as our global … Continue reading

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How does a flower come to be?

16 August 2016 By Ian Street, Research Associate at Dartmouth College A flowering world There are around 369,000 known flowering plant species on Earth today, by far the most numerous group of plants living on Earth by an order of … Continue reading

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The Nagoya Protocol: The fair and equitable use of genetic resources

3 August 2016 By Katie Beckett, ABS Project Manager at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy The world’s flora has been studied for millennia. The first plant records known to exist are from the Neolithic Revolution, about 1000 … Continue reading

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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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Building a vision for the future: creating a roadmap for UK plant sciences

9 June 2016 By Micha Hanzel, science policy intern, and Alessandro Allegra, senior science policy officer at the Royal Society of Biology Plant science has a central role to play in so many of the global challenges facing the world … Continue reading

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State of the World’s Plants

31 May 2016 By Richard Deverell – Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew recently published the first annual report on the State of the World’s Plants, alongside an international science and policy symposium on the topic. … Continue reading

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3 reasons I attend scientific conferences. What are yours?

10 May 2016 By Keir Bailey, a PhD student at the University of York What was the last conference you went to? Did you take time to think about what gained from it? Here are my top 3 things I … Continue reading

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PlantSci2016 conference: Plants in a changing world, from molecular to ecosystem

19 April 2016 By Geraint Parry, GARNet Coordinator Five years after the inaugural meeting of the UK Plant Science Federation took place at the John Innes Centre (JIC) in 2011, the UK PlantSci 2016 conference returned to this worldwide centre … 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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