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Plant ID and Science 2022

Plant ID and Science 2022

Plant muses: artists' use of plants

Plant muses: artists' use of plants: Wednesday 21 September 2022

£25.00

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Tutor: Dr Gwenda Kyd
Date: Wednesday 21 September 2022
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: £25
Location: Online

The colour, shape and symbolism of plants have all contributed to their use in art. This course will look at a selection of plants and explore why and how they have given inspiration, focusing on paintings. From van Gogh's sunflowers and Mondrian's amaryllis to O'Keefe's calla lilies, flowers have been a beautiful and popular subject for artists. Trees like cypress and birch appear in paintings, along with a wide range of other plants. And sometimes plants have been included as symbols to send the viewer a message to explain the image, or convey some moral instruction. We will consider examples of practical ways in which plants have found their way into paintings, including contributing the surface to paint on or the materials and pigments to paint with.
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Grazing marshes

Grazing marshes: Friday 28 October 2022

£25.00

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Grazing marshes – neither wilderness nor intensive farmland but a fascinating mixture

Tutor: Owen Mountford
Date: Friday 28 October 2022
Time: 10am-1pm
Cost: £25
Location: Online

Grazing marshes represent one stage in the drainage and exploitation of land that was once a floodplain swamp or mire. Farmers and engineers installed ditches and windpumps, converting the primeval wetland into a chequerboard of meadows and pastures separated by drainage channels. Often flooded in winter and too wet to grow corn, these betwixt and between landscapes developed into a remarkable haven for wildlife. This course will focus on three themes: a) where are the grazing marshes and what is their history?; b) the plants of ditches and wet grassland – often the finest examples of such habitats anywhere in the lowlands; and c) the present and future conservation status of grazing marshes. We will look in particular at the Somerset Levels & Moors, the Romney & Walland Marshes and the Norfolk Broads, but will take examples from throughout England and Wales.
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A history of plant genetics

A history of plant genetics: Thursday 8 September 2022

£25.00

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Tutor: Dr Hayley McCulloch
Date: Thursday 8 September 2022
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Cost: £25
Location: Online

Why do we look like our parents and siblings? What is a species? How are organisms adapted to suit their environment? What is a gene? Plants have been used for centuries to help answer these and other similar intriguing questions. Whether we are talking about natural selection, inheritance, the discovery of genes that can jump, or about one of the first multicellular organisms to have its entire genome sequenced, it is to plants that we must look. This course will take you on a journey through the major discoveries in genetics that have relied on the brilliant and fascinating world of plants, we will discuss why plants have proven so vital to this work, as well as explaining what we mean by terms like genetics, genome and chromosome, amongst others.

No prior knowledge for this course is required.
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