On Saturday the 15th of March the Tropical Biodiversity Glasshouse project had the pleasure of hosting families from the Talfourd Avenue group. They kindly agreed to come test our new (and hopefully improved) glasshouse tour, which was designed and created … Continue reading
Posted in Countries, Fish, Hands-on, Interactive, Labelling, Learning and Teaching, Pond, Technology, Water Plants
Tagged banana, carnivorous plant, community education, Kinaesthetic learning, local visits, teaching and learning, Tropical biodiversity, Tropical Crops, Tropical food plants, water hyacinth, zingiberaceae
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While it’s impossible to give a single date for the planing of the tropical greenhouse the bulk of the work was done in August 2012. Photographs taken last August show small plants and some empty beds awaiting planting. Photos taken … Continue reading
After only 16 hours we moved from a sketch in Google Map maker to becoming a live part of Google maps. You can find us just by typing ‘tropical biodiversity’ into Google and looking at the maps tab.
I’m trialling the new Google Map Maker app via my non-university Google account. I’ve tried to generate a location for the Tropical Biodiversity Glasshouse and the link is http://goo.gl/DR4uP. I’d appreciate it if anyone could look at the link – … Continue reading
On Monday 20th May we held what might be considered the official opening of the Tropical Biodiversity Glasshouse. The University of Reading community open event provided a means for both the Harris Garden and our greenhouse to be shown to … Continue reading
A group of six Zebra Danios (Danio rerio) have been living in the Tropical Greenhouse pond for several months. Two weeks ago we added some new waterlilies to the pond and top dressed their pots with coarse gravel. This seems … Continue reading
This blog was originally established to report on developments during our tropical glasshouse refurbishment, paid for by the Annual Fund, however it has proved popular and received a steady stream of readers. On 30th April 2013 we reached the 10-thousandth … Continue reading
Eichhornia crassipes (Water Hyacinth) has a relatively ambivalent place in freshwater habitats. It has become a serious invasive species in many countries, and is one of the world’s most noxious aquatic weeds (Patel, 2012), yet it has been found to … Continue reading
Posted in Africa, Americas, Asia, Neotropics, Pond, Water Plants
Tagged biofuel, Eichhornia crassipes, invasive, Pontederiaceae, Waste water treatment, water hyacinth
Cyperus papyrus is a tall and graceful plant. It looks stunning in the Tropical Greenhouse with a tropical blue sky behind it, which, even in October, Reading obligingly provided, to prove the point. It’s up to 5m tall, with almost globular … Continue reading