Lectures

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.


Lecture in Dundee: Hidden treasures - the flora and fauna of Glencoe's corries and crags

Location

Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee

Leaders

Dan Watson NTS

Date

Tue, 28/11/2017 - 19:30

This lecture is held jointly with the Dundee Naturalists' Society.


Joint BSBI/BSS Annual Meeting - all day event of lectures, workshops and posters

Location

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Date

Sat, 04/11/2017 - 09:15

Are you interested in Scottish Botany? Come and join us for the annual joint meeting of the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland, and the Botanical Society of Scotland.


Bryophyte Workshop in Dundee

Location

Dundee Museums Collection Unit, Barrack Street, Dundee

Leaders

Dr David Chamberlain

Date

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 10:00

This is an all day event, with both indoor and outdoor activities, held jointly with the Dundee Naturalists' Society. Space is limited and booking is essential, please contact brian@garrickwood.org.uk to do so.


Gatehouse of Fleet: Mosses & Liverworts Weekend

Location

Gatehouse of Fleet and Castramon Wood

Leaders

Dr Liz Kungu, RBGE

Date

Fri, 20/10/2017 - 19:30 - Sat, 21/10/2017 - 17:30

This is a talk and walk centred on Gatehouse of Fleet, arranged by the Gatehouse of Fleet Excursions Group. Dr Liz Kungu will give a talk on Friday 20th Oct at 7.30 at MILL ON THE FLEET, on Mosses and Liverworts of Woodland. The walk is on Saturday 21st October, 10:30h at Castramon Wood and places need to be booked.


Lecture: When will they ever learn? - a history of tree disease

Location

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Leaders

Prof. Richard Ennos, University of Edinurgh

Date

Thu, 19/10/2017 - 18:00

The discovery of ash dieback in Britain in 2012 created both a media storm and an awareness of the devastating ecological and economic effects that epidemic tree diseases may have. What was barely mentioned is that there has been a long history of catastrophic tree diseases across the globe with a common anthropogenic origin – the indiscriminate movement of trees to exotic locations.


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

Location

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Leaders

Dr James Fenton, NTS

Date

Thu, 21/09/2017 - 18:00

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.


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!.


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.


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