Prof Simon Blackmore of Harper Adams University, UK speaks about using new technologies in agriculture to minimize energy used to support crop development. This full length (60 minute lecture) was filmed at the 2017 Gatsby Plant Science Summer School.
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How do we identify and conserve the world’s endangered species of plants? Prof John Grimshaw of the Yorkshire Arboretum explores his experience of finding new species, and then conserving them in Botanic Gardens.
Dr Cristobal Uauy of the John Innes Centre speaks about his work using the latest understanding of wheat genetics to increase the yield of wheat for the world’s poorest farmers. This full length (60 minute) lecture was filmed at the Gatsby Plant Science Summer School 2016
Find out how one scientist turned his student project into a career that’s allowed him to travel the world and play a role in saving the world’s forests. Find out more This starter video could be the basis of an investigation into the role of REDD+ in preventing deforestation across the world, on the potential […]
Dr Ed Mitchard of the University of Edinburgh speaks about his work developing new methods to map changes in forests, especially using radar and LiDAR data, with a view to supporting policy efforts to reduce and reverse deforestation. This full lecture was recorded at the 2016 Gatsby Summer School. View the video on the University […]
Dr Cristobal Uauy is passionate about helping the world’s poorest farmers increase the amount of crops they get from their fields. He’s moved from South America to Norfolk to use the new understanding of the wheat genome to create higher yielding wheat varieties. In this video, he explains how his group may be on the […]
How the species we introduce destroy fragile ecosystems – and what biologists can do about it. By Dan Wright Sarmiento, Galapagos Conservation Trust. The settlers brought their cats and dogs, their pigs and other livestock. They brought the seeds for the crops that would one day feed them. Arriving on the volcanic islands of the Galapagos, 1,000km off […]
We asked undergraduates studying biology at Universities around the country for the advice they’d share with A-level, IB and Highers students on how to choose a degree course. Here are their honest opinions and thoughts. They don’t all agree, so use this as a starting point to think about what’s right for you. Think about broadening your […]
The amazing way that collections of dried plants 100s of years old inspire modern science. By Christine Bartram, University of Cambridge Herbarium. In the hidden halls and secret passageways of more than 3000 herbaria world-wide, there are millions of pressed, dried, plant specimens, labelled and stuck on to sheets of paper. They preserve a 300 […]
In Paris, December 2015, world leaders agreed to limit climate change to 1.50c – the first ever universal, legally-binding global climate deal. Energy and fossil fuel use are the main culprits that we need to fix. The way to fix it is to use less energy and materials, and produce energy renewably. But even if […]
Think of a zoologist, and you probably think of someone studying the megafauna of Africa, or perhaps polar bears across the Arctic. But beneath your feet is an environment packed with animals you’ve never seen, but which shaped our planet. In this 5 minute talk, soil zoologist Dr Charlie Clutterbuck explains his passion for these […]
We take stomata for granted – they’re on every leaf around us, and without them the world wouldn’t breathe. They don’t just respond to daylight and atmospheric humidity: new research shows that plants slam their stomata shut against invading bacteria. But when and how did this complex ability evolve? The fossil record leaves us with a […]
How can we feed the planet without destroying precious biodiversity? Researchers, farmers and conservationists around the world are putting their minds to the problem. This Project Starter is designed for people planning EPQs, Advanced Higher Investigations, and other independent research projects. It’s based on the work of Prof Andrew Balmford, University of Cambridge. Get Inside the […]
How long will your morning coffee be available for? This bean shaped global history, through colonisation and plantations to today’s world of Fair Trade and big business. Now a disease is threatening coffee production world-wise. Dr Charlie Clutterbuck discusses the long and strange history behind coffee – how a small plant from Ethiopia dominated the […]
Optogenetics is a new biological technique, involving the use of light to control cells in living tissue. In this short video, Professor John Christie of the University of Glasgow introduces his work on optogenetics – does it have the potential to revolutionise the study of neurobiology? If this taster video whets your appetite for the subject, […]
Thinking of studying biology at University? Don’t know where to start? Take a look at some of these Universities. They all have a strong research programme in biology, meaning that the people who teach you will be actively involved in discovering new scientific knowledge. This might be ‘applied’ research, tackling problems such as the disease that’s […]