Dr M has been looking at ferns (the Pteridopsida) with his students recently and found this video where Eddie Watkins from Colgate University, New York, explains the alternation of sporophyte and gametophyte generations in ferns.
Dr M is particularly fond of films and the 2013 film “Project Wild Thing” is coming to Reading Film Theatre on Thursday and Dr M was struck by its aim to reconnect kids with nature through film!
Dr M is leading a botanical vigil in Forbury Park, Reading and what is at stake is no less than the end of botany as we know it!
Dr M looked out of his window and notices – it’s raining again! Roger Brugge of the Meteorology Department at University of Reading, puts the recent rains in context: “after a dry start to December 2013, a total of 165.3 mm (roughly 6.5 inches) of rain was recorded in the 28 days ending on 8 January 2014.”
Dr M put his hand deep into the warm wet webness, otherwise known as the internet, and pulled out this moist, clammy and dankly fascinating feature on fungi! Yuk!
Dr M is particularly fond of social media (at least those he understands how to use!) for communicating his passions for field botany and plant ID to a wider audience, and increasingly to young people. He was therefore delighted to find, via the Annals of Botany (AoB) blog listed on Louise Marsh’s BSBI publicity and outreach blog, a link to a great lecture by
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Dr M is researching for an article about communicating the importance and excitement of plants to young people and he came across a series of open-access lectures on the Gatsby Plant Sciences Summer School website.
Dr M is relaxing for the festive season and offers this morsel from his table of festive botanical fare for your delight and delectation! It is never ceases to amaze Dr M what you can find on the internet these days. For example this very short scrap of a video on YouTube which demonstrates how to pronounce the word Poaceae!
Dr M wishes a Merry Christmas to all his followers! Dr M has recently announced a World Exclusive: the first eXtreme botanical party game: eXtreme Carpology! Dr M has already posted the answers to eXtreme Carpology Part 1, but the video below is Dr M’s Christmas Gift to his followers: the answers to Part 2 of eXtreme Carpology!
Dr M has recently announced a World Exclusive: the first eXtreme botanical party game ever: eXtreme Carpology! Play the game and then check the video below for the answers to Part 1 of eXtreme Carpology! P.S. Answers to Part 2 here!