MSc Plant Diversity visit to RHS Wisley 2015

A visit to the temperate zone of the RHS Wisley Garden glasshouse by some of the MSc Plant Diversity students

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.

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PhD update: An apple by any other name…

The question at the heart of my PhD is a very practical one: ‘How can we use the appearance of apples as an authenticity tool for industrial purposes?’

One of the usual suspects...

One of the usual suspects…

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Can the Iberian Floristic Diversity Withstand Near-Future Climate Change?

Total modelled plant species per 1km grid cell over the Iberian Peninsula

Total modelled plant species per 1km grid cell over the Iberian
Peninsula

In the lastest paper from Marshall Heap’s thesis we discuss the impact of near-future climate change on plant species in the Iberian peninsular (Spain and Portugal).  3267 MAXENT environmental niche models (ENMs) at 1-km spatial resolution for known Iberian plant species under two climate scenarios (1950-2000 baseline & 2020) were generated using a compute cluster. This is the largest 1km scale modelling exercise for plant species yet published. Continue reading

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