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The Insects Christmas

This month’s blog was kindly contributed by Chris Foster, Lecturer in Animal Ecology and Chair of the Biodiversity Working Group. As we count down to Christmas, colleagues are busy once again with the brilliant Advent Botany series. With a little thought, anyone can … Continue reading

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Whiteknights Park as an arboretum

Guest blog by Jonathan Gregory, National Centre for Atmospheric Science, Dept of Meteorology, University of Reading & Met Office Hadley Centre I grew up in Welwyn Garden City, which has plenty of trees of many kinds. As far as I remember, I’ve … Continue reading

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Langley Mead: The University’s lesser-known wilderness

As staff and students at the University of Reading, we are lucky to work and study amongst the wilderness of Whiteknights campus. But, if you’ve ever thought of travelling just a little further afield for your biodiversity-fix, read on… Just … Continue reading

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Hybrid Cinquefoil on Campus

June saw the publication of a hybrid flora of Britain and Ireland. The book is authored by the luminaries of British botany Clive Stace, Chris Preston and David Pearman, with contributions from many botanists whose expertise extends into the esoteric world of … Continue reading

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Mosses and Liverworts of Whiteknights: 4. Saproxylic Mosses & Liverworts

4. Saproxylic Mosses & Liverworts This is the fifth in a series of posts exploring the mosses and liverworts (bryophytes) of Whiteknights campus. The first three posts described the rich flora of bryophytes growing on trees (epiphytes) on campus, while the second described some … Continue reading

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Another fungi foray

The Whiteknights campus is absolutely packed with excellent fungi this month. I’m out and about doing assignments almost everyday and I’ve had to add fungi forays to my list of new hobbies since beginning MSc Species ID and Survey Skills. … Continue reading

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Things are abuzz on campus

Some of you may have noticed changes taking place this year in the Walled Garden, which have been undertaken to house some special new residents! The campus is now home to three honeybee colonies, with around 50,000 bees per hive, … Continue reading

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I say, I say, I say! When is a lily not a lily? When it’s a Camassia, boom boom!

Camassia, variously known as Camas Lily, Quamash, Indian Hyacinth and Wild Hyacinth is a handsome lily-like plant native of North America and currently looking magnificent in the Harris Garden and elsewhere on campus.

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Dark times for powdery mildew

Winter is here and with it we have left behind my dear biotrophic fungus, the powdery mildew (PM). Requiring plant material to source nutrients to grow and reproduce means that with the dropping of leaves, characteristic of ‘Fall’, PMs must … Continue reading

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Powdery mildew phenology; it will be back!

Over the next few months I will be bringing you up to speed with the, increasingly specific, workings of powdery mildews (PMs) (Erysiphales) present on the University of Reading, Whiteknights, campus during the past year. Records and sitings on campus … Continue reading

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