Events

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.


Edinburgh Lecture: Wildlife from a wild place: the flora and fauna of Glencoe National Nature Reserve

Location

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Leaders

Dan Watson NTS

Date

Thu, 21/12/2017 - 18:00

The National Trust for Scotland’s property at Glencoe is known around the world for its landscape and tumultuous history, but even amongst naturalists far fewer appreciate that it is a haven for rare flora and fauna.


Inverness Lecture: Too much woodland? Is the push for more tree cover reducing the naturalness of the Highlands?

Location

Smithton Free Church, Inverness

Leaders

Dr James Fenton

Date

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 19:30

Amongst most nature conservationists in Scotland there is an implicit belief in the Clementsian concept of plant succession to a stable climax vegetation and that such a climax in Scotland is woodland. Hence the absence of woodland across most of the Highlands is ascribed to human action, and anything which prevents return to woodland such as grazing must be unnatural.


Perth Lecture: The Orchids of Central Scotland

Location

AK Bell Library, Perth

Leaders

Dr Roy Sexton, Scottish Wildlife Trust

Date

Wed, 06/12/2017 - 19:30

This lecture will be held in the Sandeman Room of the AK Bell Library.


Lecture: The secret world of rhododendrons

Location

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Leaders

Dr Richard Milne, University of Edinburgh

Date

Thu, 30/11/2017 - 18:00

Rhododendrons are familiar to all of us as garden plants, and, in one case, relentless invaders of the countryside. Yet their relationship with human beings goes back far beyond horticulture, and they have been used as medicines, insecticides and intoxicants for centuries.


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