Events

Edinburgh Lecture: Harnessing the power of medicinal plants

Location

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Leaders

Professor Sarah O'Connor, John Innes Centre

Date

Thu, 21/03/2019 - 18:00 - 19:00

Plants, which make thousands of complex natural products or specialized metabolites, are outstanding chemists: plants create incredible chemical complexity from simple starting materials. Medicinal plants are known to make molecules that can be used as medicines to cure cancer, pain and other diseases. This lecture will highlight how plants make these molecules.


St Andrews Lecture: Lichens in the UK's Atlantic Rainforest: Diversity and Conservation

Location

Chemistry Dept, Theatre B

Leaders

Dr Rebecca Yahr

Date

Tue, 05/03/2019 - 18:30 - 19:30

Dr Rebecca Yahr of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh will present this lecture.
This lecture is held jointly with Friends of St Andrews Botanic Garden.


Edinburgh Lecture: Truffles: a tale of diversity, symbiosis, cultivation and sex

Location

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Leaders

Dr Paul Thomas

Date

Thu, 28/02/2019 - 18:00 - 19:00

This month's lecture on truffles is by Dr Paul Thomas from Mycorrhizal Systems Ltd. Although some truffle species are among the most expensive gourmet foods, much of their biology and ecology is still poorly understood. As a hypogeous fruiting body, truffles are largely produced by mycorrhizal fungi and are often dependant on a host plant for their survival.


Inverness Lecture: Buzz Pollination

Location

Smithton Free Church, Inverness

Leaders

Dr Mario Vallejo-Marin, University of Stirling

Date

Tue, 12/02/2019 - 19:30 - 20:30

Buzz pollination is a type of pollination in which bees use high frequency vibrations to extract pollen from flowers. Buzz pollination has been known for more than a century, yet we still know relatively little about it. In this lecture, Dr Vallejo-Marin will present recent work from his lab addressing basic questions on buzz pollination including: How do you build a buzz-pollinated flower?


Perth Lecture: Threats and opportunities from changing species distributions: should we accept the beech as a native tree in Scotland?

Location

AK Bell Library, Perth

Leaders

Prof. Alistair Jump, University of Stirling

Date

Wed, 23/01/2019 - 19:30

The Perthshire Society of Natural Science and the BSS invite you to a lecture in Perth, to be held in the Sandeman Room of the AK Bell Library. Prof Jump's talk will examine the key questions which need to be answered.


Inverness Lecture: Woodlands, railway stations and wild flowers of Easter Ross

Location

Smithton Free Church, Inverness

Leaders

Dr Brian Ballinger

Date

Tue, 15/01/2019 - 19:30 - 20:30

Brian Ballinger’s lecture will focus on the flora of Easter Ross, where he is the BSBI’s Botanical Recorder. He will take us on a photographic tour of the various regions, flora and habitats of the area. These will include coast, farmland, towns, woodland, moorland and mountains. Some of the special plants of northern Scotland will mentioned.


Edinburgh Lecture: Woodlands, railway stations and wild flowers of Easter Ross

Location

Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh

Leaders

Dr Brian Ballinger

Date

Thu, 10/01/2019 - 18:00 - 19:00

Brian Ballinger’s lecture will focus on the flora of Easter Ross, where he is the BSBI’s Botanical Recorder. He will take us on a photographic tour of the various regions, flora and habitats of the area. These will include coast, farmland, towns, woodland, moorland and mountains. Some of the special plants of northern Scotland will mentioned.


Edinburgh Lecture: Selection of plant material by tool-using New Caledonia crows

Location

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, 20A Inverleith Row, EH3 5LR

Leaders

Professor Christian Rutz - University of St Andrews

Date

Thu, 13/12/2018 - 18:00 - 19:00

Selection of plant material by tool-using New Caledonia crows - a botanical detective story from the South Pacific.


Mycology Recording Meeting

Location

Penicuik House, Peniciuk

Leaders

Cameron Diekonigin

Date

Sun, 09/12/2018 (All day)

The Fungus Group of South-East Scotland is planning a recording workshop. The aim is to explore three different recording systems used for fungi in Scotland. The workshop will cover the key pieces of information needed for a comprehensive record, as well as one or two short forays.


Edinburgh Lecture: From ancient algae to future fuels

Location

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Leaders

Professor John Love, Exeter University

Date

Thu, 15/11/2018 - 18:00

John Love is Professor of Synthetic Biology at the University of Exeter, which he joined as a lecturer in 2003. He obtained his B.Sc. in Biology from the University of St.


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