Botanical University Challenge 2020!

Botanical University Challenge was the brainchild of John Warren and Jonathan Mitchley (aka Dr M) and the first event took place at Kew Gardens in March 2016 and was chaired by James Wong.  The second challenge was held at University of Reading last year (March 2019) and was chaired by Chris Preston. The event has proved very popular and is a fun way to
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Botanical Selfies: Joshua Ajowele

Dr M says: It’s always a pleasure to introduce a young botanist to these pages and it is a total delight to introduce Joshua Ajowele who joined the MSc Plant Diversity at the University of Reading in September 2019.  Joshua is one of those special people who walks into the room and immediately makes an impact, he is a gifted scientist and botanist and
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@mygreenstudy

If you love plants and especially house plants then the @mygreenstudy project is for you as it’s all about houseplants! My Green Study is a student-led initiative for those who share an appreciation and interest in houseplants. It has recently launched Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages aiming to create a community of fellow houseplant enthusiasts! The @MyGreenStudy team is led by Dr Alastair Culham and includes a team of
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O Christmas Tree!

Christmas is coming and in his final appearance in this years botanical extravaganza celebrating 50 years of Reading Botany Dr M is presenting the University of Reading Christmas lecture on the festive botanical topic of Christmas trees! The event is fully booked now, with standing and dangling room only (fire regs permitting!). For those of you who can’t make it, and even those of you
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#AdventBotany 2019!

In 2014 Alastair Culham, botanist and curator of the RNG herbarium at University of Reading, hatched the idea developed of posting a Tweet, blog and Facebook entry for one plant related to Christmas for each day of advent.  At the end of that year it seemed there were far too many plants to cover in just 25 days.  So, in 2015, 2016, 2017 and
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Dr M’s autumn term extreme botany quiz – the solutions

If you didn’t see Dr M extreme botany quiz check it out here before reading on… If you did see it, and had a go, then check out the solutions below: #1 the botany hat – this is an intriguing one to be sure!   Dr M obtained this hat from a much-traveled colleague when he previously worked at Wye College. Dr M himself was uncertain
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Dr M’s autumn term extreme botany quiz!

Dr M has been busy enjoying imparting botanical wisdom to his latest cohort of MSc students on the MSc Plant Diversity and MSc SISS at University of Reading with his signature module Vegetation Survey and Assessment which started early October. The module spans 20 week through autumn and spring terms sand by week 4 of the autumn term Dr M’s students have been introduced
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Reading Botany 2019 Reunion Party!

After months of planning, a highlight of the Reading Botany year arrived and the Reunion Party took place on Saturday 27 July in the aptly named Meadow Suite at the University of Reading. The organising committee were delighted to welcome over 150 botanical alumni comprising past and present staff, technicians, BSc, MSc and Phd students for what was always going to be a wonderfully
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Dr M speaking at London’s Garden Museum Summer Science Showcase

On Tues 25 June science teachers have been invited to explore London’s Garden Museum learning zone, and find out about the plant science resources and activities they can offer at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. The aim is to inspire young people to get involved with plant science within a fascinating and unique museum setting on the banks of the river Thames, opposite
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A Pint of Poaceae hits #WildflowerHour!

At last the wonderful botanical outreach project #wildflowerhour has hit Dr M’s fav family – the Poaceae with the #grasschallenge for Sunday 23rd June 2019! To celebrate, Dr M popped into his garden and plucked some grasses from his Poaceae-rich #nomow lawn. Without really trying, Dr M returned with a big bunch of grasses and then set about trying to photograph them in the
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