Lectures

Edinburgh Lecture: The Orchid Hunter: from a gap year adventure to conservation genetics

Location

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Leaders

Leif Bersweden, Royal Botanic Garden, Kew

Date

Thu, 13/09/2018 - 18:00

On one of the strangest pre-university gap years you’ve ever heard of, Leif Bersweden spent the summer of 2013 hunting down all 52 species of wild orchid native to Britain and Ireland. He introduces his book, The Orchid Hunter, which tells the personal tale of this summer long quest.


5th June 2018 St Andrews Lecture: The Forgotten Forests of Latin America - Conservation Issues in Latin American Dry Forests

Location

St Andrews

Leaders

Prof. Toby Pennington, University of Exeter

Date

Tue, 05/06/2018 - 19:30

LAST MINUTE CHANGE OF VENUE PLEASE NOTE We have just been advised the BSS/Friends lecture on 5th June (tomorrow) has had to be moved from Chemistry to Physics Theatre B, due to asbestos problems. The Physics, and its car park, is on the upper tier of buildings in the North Haugh, University of St Andrews KY16 9SS.


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.


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.


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.


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