Borneo fern collected by Alfred Russel Wallace. Part of the Katharnie Murray Lyell fern collection.
Mrs Katherine Murray Lyell (1817-1915) was a British pteridologist. Born Katherine Horner in 1817 she later married Henry Lyell, brother of Sir Charles Lyell, the president of the Geological Society (who married Katherine’s sister Mary Horner).
Katherine Murray Lyell was avidly keen on ferns, collecting specimens from around the world and corresponding with many well known naturalists including both Darwin and Wallace. She wrote the book A geographical handbook of all the known ferns (1870) as well as editing the Life and Letters of Charles Lyell (1881).
Lyell’s fern collection at University of Reading includes specimens from many famous biologists including Odoardo Beccari and Alfred Russel Wallace.
Reading University has an outstanding green campus that has gained the prestigious Green Flag Award for five consecutive years. Campus biodiversity is monitored and reported on by staff and students via the Whiteknights Biodiversity Blog which lists over 1500 species identified on campus. One of our most incomplete lists is that for fungi and this year we have the opportunity to work with the Thames Valley Fungal Group to try to remedy that.
On Sunday 11th October we will be holding a UK Fungus Day foray on campus to discover what is showing and probably to add to the list of recorded species. Tweets from @botanyRNG during the event. #UoRfungi2015 Continue reading
Here are the slides from the presentation by Alastair Culham & Jonathan Mitchley at
Enhancing Fieldwork Learning Showcase Event 2015: 7th – 8th September 2015, Isis Education Centre, Hyde Park, London Continue reading
(c) Azzah AlJabri 2015
I am a student of the MSc in Plant Diversity at the University of Reading but am also a professional botanist in the Sultanate of Oman. My name is Azzah AlJabri and I am developing a website to accompany the Flora of the Sultanate of Oman; its aim is to provide ready and easily updatable access to the current state of knowledge about Oman flora. The website will include descriptions of the species, as well as images and other aids to identify each species. This website will form the basis of later work developing the flora.
The survey has now closed. See the draft web site here.
Having had another wonderful week in Eger, Hungary I am once again refreshed and revitalised in the world of powdery mildew. Continue reading
Thanks to CQSD and the University of Reading Teaching and Learning Development Fund a group of 26 staff spent the morning swapping ideas on the use of social media in teaching and learning. You can see what we did on Storify. A special thanks to James Kieft for coming from Reading College to inspire us all.
@UniofReading A-Team for social media in T&L
August is the month of the Powdery Mildew Summer School! Like last year, I will be travelling to Hungary, more specifically the town of Eger (140km east of the capital Budapest), for another master class on many aspects of this troublesome, yet fascinating, fungal plant disease.
It all kicks off on Monday 3rd August with introductions from each of the participants, before getting into the specifics including reviews of morphology, phylogenetics, ecology, genetics, and genomics. Continue reading