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Dr M invades Europe: eXtreme botany’s first anniversary tour!

Is Europe ready for eXtreme botany? Well, ready or not, here he comes, and Dr M’s trusty botanical companion Grasshead simply can’t wait! 2014 marks the first anniversary of eXtreme botany and Dr M is celebrating by embarking on a European tour which tracks an eXtreme botanical transect from the Czech Republic, through Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and from thence to Finland. While in Finland
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Dr M’s botanical selfies #5 – Jessica Shepherd eats, shoots and Inky Leaves…

Dr M has always been particularly fond of art, and although convention wisdom tends to pigeon-hole art and science as separate disciplines Dr M feels that, on the contrary, there is a very natural connection between them, perhaps most obviously seen in the art of botanical illustration, but also much more widely as demonstrated in the recent Symbiosis project. And so Dr M is delighted to continue his series of
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Aspiring young botanist got into botany… through making guitars?!

As BBC Radio 4 launches “Roots to Riches” a major new 25 part series on Botany and all about the famous botanists of the past like Carl Linnaeus, it is fitting to showcase one of our most youngest botanists here! Dr M’s own major zillion-part new series of botanical “selfies” continues with young botanist George Garnett who, at just 15 years old, is the youngest
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Shed-loads of botany on BBC Radio 4!

You’ve got to admire the timing, just as UK’s most prestigious botanical research centre, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, faces  a public outcry over budget cuts, the new Director Professor Kathy Willis presents not one, not two or three but twenty-five programmes about botany, and all on prime-time BBC Radio 4 – in the hallowed slot just before the Archers!


Ways to inspire the next generation of British botanists!

Worried about the loss of ID and related skills amongst British graduates? Want to study botany but can’t find any suitable courses left? Want to help keep botany British botany alive and kicking into the next millennium?! This is your chance to tell Dr M what needs to be done to inspire the next generation of British botanists and plant scientists!


Dr M’s MalHam diary #4

eXtreme botany heads North to Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre with Dr M and University of Reading Plant Diversity MSc students, this is #4 of Dr M’s MalHam Diary. Day 4 Tuesday: eXtreme Limestone Pavement day at Ingleborough National Nature Reserve! A day in which we witness Dr M’s gryke falls, hairy balls and eXtreme Apiaceae not to mention MalHam’s very own Wars of the Sedges,
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Dr M’s MalHam diary #3

eXtreme botany heads North to Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre with Dr M and University of Reading Plant Diversity MSc students, this is #3 of Dr M’s MalHam Diary. Day 3 Monday: which was a day of species-rich vegetation in calcicolous grassland and calcicolous fun in the Ha Ha Fen! The group walked from the FSC centre down the hill to the calcicolous grassland overlooking Malham Tarn looking at its
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Dr M’s MalHam diary #2

eXtreme botany heads North to Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre with Dr M and University of Reading Plant Diversity MSc students, this is #2 of Dr M’s MalHam Diary. Day 2 Sunday: In which Dr M, Guest Tutor Hermione and students (and especially the Sedge Queen!) have a good Cyperaceous day! The day was largely spent in, on and around the board walk in the exceptionally floriferous and
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Dr M’s MalHam Diary #1

eXtreme botany heads North to Malham Tarn Field Studies Centre with Dr M and University of Reading Plant Diversity MSc students, this is #1 if Dr M’s MalHam Diary. Day 1: Saturday morning and all present and correct (eventually) in our slightly rickety 17-seater minibus, we left for Malham, or as out international group likes to call it MalHam! On board we were graced by the presence
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Dr M’s eXtreme botany goes up north!

Dr M is taking his University of Reading Plant Diversity MSc students on another field foray, this time not south not east but up north to West Yorkshire for a week in the peace, tranquility and botanical eXtacy that is Malham Tarn.