Category Archives: sustainability

‘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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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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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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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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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 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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