Tag Archives: plant breeding

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

Posted in biodiversity, ecology, Education, environment, genetics, horticulture, plant breeding, plant science, sustainability, UK Plant Sciences Federation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in agriculture, biodiversity, biotechnology, crop improvement, ecology, environment, genetics, horticulture, plant breeding, plant pathology, plant science, UK Plant Sciences Federation, UK PlantSci | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

The Global Plant Council

Did you know the UK Plant Sciences Federation is a member of the Global Plant Council (GPC)? What is the Global Plant Council? The Global Plant Council (GPC) is a non-profit coalition of plant, crop, agricultural and environmental science societies … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, biodiversity, careers, crop improvement, Education, environment, plant science, UK Plant Sciences Federation | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in agriculture, biotechnology, crop improvement, genetics, horticulture, plant breeding, plant pathology, plant science, sustainability, UK Plant Sciences Federation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in agriculture, biodiversity, biofuels, biosecurity, biotechnology, citizen science, climate change, crop improvement, ecology, Education, environment, evolution, forestry, genetics, health, horticulture, plant breeding, plant pathology, sustainability, UK Plant Sciences Federation, UK PlantSci | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in agriculture, biodiversity, biosecurity, biotechnology, citizen science, climate change, crop improvement, ecology, Education, environment, evolution, forestry, genetics, health, horticulture, plant breeding, plant pathology, sustainability, UK Plant Sciences Federation, UK PlantSci | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in agriculture, biodiversity, biofuels, biosecurity, biotechnology, citizen science, climate change, crop improvement, ecology, Education, environment, evolution, Fascination of Plants Day, forestry, genetics, health, horticulture, plant breeding, plant pathology, sustainability, UK Plant Sciences Federation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in agriculture, climate change, crop improvement, environment, evolution, genetics, plant breeding, sustainability, UK Plant Sciences Federation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Education, environment, horticulture, Internships, plant pathology, UK Plant Sciences Federation | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in agriculture, biotechnology, crop improvement, genetics, health, plant breeding, sustainability | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment