BSS

Plant Ecology and Diversity 9(3) June 2016

Date

Sat, 20/05/2017 (All day)

Our publishers forgot to mail this part out to members last year, it should be arriving in the post any day now.


Lecture: Fungus Wars, followed by BSS AGM

Location

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Leaders

Professor Lynne Boddy, University of Cardiff

Date

Thu, 18/05/2017 - 18:00

Fungi are rarely found growing alone in nature but usually in communities of other fungi, and also bacteria. Since they are all competing for space and resources, antagonistic interactions are the norm – fungi fight each other!.


Field meeting: Alva, for the Urban Flora

Location

Alva, Clackmannanshire

Leaders

Liz Lavery and Brian Ballinger

Date

Thu, 11/05/2017 - 10:30

This meeting is mostly to record the Urban Flora of Alva, although we may extend our searches more widely. The meeting place and further details will be posted when they are available. Meet at the Alva Glen Car Park NS 884 974 at 10.30

This is an all day meeting, so please wear suitable weatherproof clothing and stout footwear and bring a packed lunch and a pocket lens.


Field meeting: Dundee Templeton and Clatto Woods

Location

Templeton and Clatto Woods

Leaders

Brian Ballinger

Date

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 19:00

This meeting is held jointly with the Dundee Naturalists. Meet at Templeton Woods car park NO359342. Please come equipped with waterproof clothing, suitable footwear and a hand lens.
Contact the Programme Secretary, Maria.Chamberlain@ed.ac.uk for further details or enquiries regarding transport to meetings.


Mosses and Liverworts of Abernethy - Field Meeting

Location

Abernethy, Perth

Leaders

David Chamberlain and Alistair Godfrey

Date

Sat, 29/04/2017 - 10:30

This meeting is held jointly with the Perthshire Society of Natural Science.

As this is a field meeting which will involve some walking over rough ground, please wear suitable footwear and waterproof clothing. A hand lens would be useful and bring a packed lunch.


Lecture: An eye for eyebrights: using genetic data to understand hybridisation and parasitism in British Euphrasia

Location

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Leaders

Dr Alex Twyford (University of Edinburgh)

Date

Thu, 20/04/2017 - 18:00

Eyebrights (Euphrasia) are a fascinating group of parasitic plants that show remarkable diversity in their ecology, mating system, and ploidy, yet remain understudied due to their taxonomic complexity. Here, I give insights into the nature of species differences in Euphrasia, by presenting results from a common garden study, and also large-scale genomic sequencing of UK-wide populations. I show that while some taxa retain their morphological distinctiveness, others show dramatic morphological changes when grown with different hosts, and this phenotypic plasticity blurs species boundaries. Genomic data in part clarify taxonomic boundaries, though little evidence exists for localised species being clearly distinguishable genetic units.

Alex Twyford is an evolutionary geneticist interested in the ecology and evolution of plants. He did his PhD at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) on speciation in Begonia, before postdoctoral research on Mimulus at Syracuse University. He is now a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, and a Research Associate at the RBGE, working on parasitic Euphrasia.

The lecture will commence at 18:00 h. Tea available from 17:30.


Caryophyllales: Unusual adaptations to extreme environments

Location

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Leaders

Dr Sam Brockington - University of Cambridge

Date

Thu, 09/03/2017 - 18:00

The plant order Caryophyllales are well recognised for survival in extreme environments, including the evolution of Cactaceae in deserts,


Lecture in St Andrews: Natural Capital

Location

University of St Andrews

Leaders

Professor Rosemary Hails, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford

Date

Tue, 07/03/2017 - 19:30

This lecture is held jointly with the Friends of St Andrews Botanic Garden.


Lecture: Non-native plants in Scotland: does current action match the risk?

Location

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Leaders

Robin Payne

Date

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 18:00

Concerns about the impact of non-native plant species have hit the headlines in recent years.


BSS Urban Flora of Scotland project

Location

anywhere in Scotland with a population >1000

Date

Wed, 01/02/2017 (All day) - Tue, 31/10/2017 (All day)

Spring is coming and it's time to brush up your botany. Why not join in with our Urban Flora project?


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