BSS

BSS AGM 17th May 2018

Location

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Leaders

Dr Brian Ballinger

Date

Thu, 17/05/2018 - 19:00

The AGM will be held immediately after the lecture on 17th May.

Following the notice in the March 2018 BSS News, requesting nominations to BSS Council and explaining the procedure for this year’s AGM, we have received no formal nominations from members.


Edinburgh Lecture: Understanding the productivity of tropical forests and how it varies in space and time

Location

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Leaders

Prof Yadvinder Malhi FRS, University of Oxford

Date

Thu, 17/05/2018 - 18:00

Tropical forest biomes are amongst the most productive regions on Earth, but until recently we have had little understanding about how this productivity varies across the tropics, and from year to year.


Field meeting - Menstrie: DATE CHANGE

Location

Menstrie

Leaders

Liz Lavery and Brian Ballinger

Date

Tue, 15/05/2018 - 10:30

THIS EVENT WILL NOW TAKE PLACE ON TUESDAY 15TH, NOT WEDNESDAY 16TH. This all day excursion will record the urban flora of Menstrie, held jointly with the Perth Society of Natural Science and the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Please book with Liz Lavery eldlavery@outlook.com, who will provide details of the meeting point.


Field meeting - Edinburgh: Foraging for our lunch!

Location

Craigmillar Park

Leaders

Richard Milne (botanist) and Nenya Milne (permaculturalist)

Date

Sat, 12/05/2018 - 10:00

10.00 - 12.00 Foraging walk in Craigmillar Park. Meet beside Bridgend Farmhouse at 41 Old Dalkeith Road EH16 4TE. Limited parking available.
12.00 - 14.45 Cooking and having lunch together at Bridgend Farmhouse.


Edinburgh Lecture: C4 rice - the agricultural Apollo challenge

Location

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Leaders

Prof Jane Langdale FRS, University of Oxford

Date

Thu, 05/04/2018 - 18:00

Predicted population increases mean that the area of rice production that fed 27 people in 2010 will have to feed 43 by 2050. GM technology creates the possibility to super charge photosynthesis in rice by introducing C4 biochemical pathways from unrelated maize.


Global food security: food, famine and fungi

Location

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Leaders

Professor Sarah Gurr, University of Exeter

Date

Thu, 22/03/2018 - 18:00

The global movement of plant pests and pathogens: implications for food security

Over the past centuries, crop diseases have led to the starvation of the people, the ruination of economies and the downfall of governments.


Field meeting: Bryophytes of Kinross

Leaders

David Chamberlain and Liz Lavery

Date

Wed, 21/03/2018 - 10:00

This excursion is joint with the Perth Society of Natural Sciences (Botanical Section). Meet at Kinross Park and Ride at 10 am (NO111 024 grid ref). Further details from Liz Lavery (eldlavery 'at' outlook.com). Please bring with you waterproof clothing, suitable footwear, a hand-lens and packed lunch.


Buzz pollination

Location

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Leaders

Dr Mario Vallejo-Marin, University of Stirling

Date

Thu, 22/02/2018 - 18:00

The interaction between flowers and animal pollinators has given rise to some of the most striking examples of adaptive evolution. Buzz pollination is a type of pollination in which bees use high frequency vibrations to extract pollen from flowers. Most buzz-pollinated flowers keep pollen tightly locked inside their anthers and the only efficient way to extract it is through animal vibrations.


The Redgorton Woods of Thomas Graham, Lord Lynedoch

Location

Dalhousie Building, Lecture Theatre 1, University of Dundee

Leaders

Alistair Godfrey

Date

Tue, 13/02/2018 - 19:30

This lecture is held jointly with the Dundee Naturalists' Society


Edinburgh Lecture:The greening of the Arctic

Location

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Leaders

Dr Isla Myers-Smith, University of Edinburgh

Date

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 18:00

The Arctic is warming rapidly, with unknown consequences for tundra ecosystems and the Earth’s climate. I will summarize the evidence for the detection and attribution of tundra vegetation change to climate change using data from across the tundra biome.


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