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Category Archives: Public Engagement with Science
The Lost and Found Fungi (LAFF) project have been travelling the country, teaching fungal enthusiasts DNA barcoding… With attention to detail, and a little luck, the protocols have been teaching allow you to read the DNA of the life around us.
By Claire Smith Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly… But not until Christmas Eve, otherwise you’ll have bad luck! Once your holly (Ilex aquifolium) and other festive evergreens are in place, it is also unlucky to either remove them … Continue reading
Ornamental plants: our future invaders? This seemingly simple question is the focus of my PhD, and I’m asking gardeners to help me answer it. Most of the invasive plants we have in the British Isles originally escaped from gardens (Stace and … Continue reading
By Alastair Culham In 2014 I introduced the food of the gods, Theobroma cacao, as the source of chocolate, that staple of Christmas excess, in the 16th Advent Botany post. Today, in the second for 2019, I explore Theobromine, perhaps … Continue reading
By Alastair Culham Welcome to #AdventBotany 2019 and the start of another journey into quirky, curious, hostorical and, above all, botanical information about the plants associated with the winter season. This year I’m expanding on John Warren’s story of Tangerines … Continue reading
To hone my teaching skills and learn useful practices I have started following a number of established teaching blogs. These include: Thoughts on chemistry and education; Reading for Learning; Newton’s Laws of Learning; Mr T’s Blog: Keeping it simple!; The … Continue reading
Publications can take time – it has been almost six months since I first submitted this paper and years since the start of the research towards it!
I’m heading to RHS Chelsea 2019! To complete the RHS Chelsea survey, click here. I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019, with an exhibit called Ornamental plants: our future invaders? in the Discovery Zone. … Continue reading
By Claire Smith Are you on Santa’s Naughty or Nice list this year? If all you’ve discovered in the toe of your stocking this morning is a lump of coal, it might not be as terrible a present as you … Continue reading
Neither my partner Ben nor I actively celebrate Christmas. We prefer to hide away from the crazy world that Christmas has become and endeavour to find ourselves as far away from humanity as we are able. Previous years Christmas avoidance … Continue reading