Thursday 26th March saw the first of two consecutive workshops on the identification of Eyebrights (the genus Euphrasia) led by Chris Metherell, the UK Botanical Society of the British Isles expert on the genus and hosted at the University of Reading Herbarium as part of our #museumweek activity. All attendees were taught how to look at eyebrights critically and which features to check for when identifying the many species and hybrids. Tomorrow sees a second materclass with a new group of apprentices. It is good to have our RNG herbarium specimens checked so thoroughly! Continue reading
Oli Ellingham and fellow competitors at the Reading Science Slam 2015
At 7pm on Saturday 21 March 2015, South Street Arts Centre, Reading hosted the second Reading Science Slam as part of British Science Week.
Ben Littlefield provided a warm up with his ‘Light Fantastic’ presentation and then five University of Reading researchers took to the stage to engage and enthrall the audience in just eight minutes each.
This years scientists were:
Joanne Bagniewska from Biological Sciences
Oli Ellingham from Biological Sciences
Nicky Howe from Meteorology
Yue Li from Food and Nutritional Sciences
Roshan Limbu from Pharmacy Continue reading
Saturday sees the second annual Science Slam taking place at South Street Theatre in Reading. Continue reading
John Reeves, East India Company inspector of tea in Canton from 1812-1831, was comissioned by Joseph Banks to acquire plants for the Horticultural Society of London. During this time he obtained at least two clonally propagated plants from an old plant of Wisteria sinensis that was growing in the garden of his colleague, the Chinese merchant Conseequa in Canton, who in turn had obtained it from his nephew Tinqua. Continue reading
The inaugural 2014 Powdery Mildew Survey produced a total of 160 powdery mildew samples resulting in 51 different species. Samples were received from all around the UK.
With two years of collection records, a baseline of species recorded in the UK and spring arriving, what better time to launch 2015’s Powdery Milwho? So please send in your powdery mildew infected plant material for identification: will yours be a common UK species, a species shifting to a new host, an invasive species, or even a new species?
Follow the guidelines on how to send in your samples here. Continue reading
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Tagged #PowderyM, Ascomycota, Citizen Science, Erysiphaceae, Erysiphales, Oli Ellingham, Oliver Ellingham, Powdery Mildew, RHS, Royal Horticultural Society, Survey
A visit to the temperate zone of the RHS Wisley Garden glasshouse by some of the MSc Plant Diversity students
The RHS garden at Wisley has one of the best curated plant collections in the UK so provided the ideal venue for today’s MSc plant family revision. After a tour of the herbarium and meeting some of the RHS botany staff we walked up to the glasshouse to work through some of the major plant families growing there.
Among familiar families such as Lamiaceae, Acanthaceae and Arecaceae we also picked up some more unusual ones such as Cyclanthaceae and Restionaceae.