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1 The Worm that Turned The species with the biggest biomass in any garden is almost certainly the earthworm. These humble denizens of our soil provide essential services by turning over soil and promoting plant growth. Lindsay Turnbull, Peter Holland 08 Feb 2021
2 Creative Commons Seeing the Wood for the Trees (Part II) We take a walk around a local park to admire more winter trees and see why conifers win over broadleaved trees as we move further North, but even they have to drop their needles during the winter in the farthest reaches of the Boreal forest. Lindsay Turnbull 25 Jan 2021
3 Anna Atkins: Botanical Illustration and Photographic Innovation This event is supported by TORCH as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones of the future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities. Geoffrey Batchen, Lena Fritsch 20 Nov 2020
4 Rescuing rare plants with Carlos Magdalena On this episode, Sofia and Julia talk to horticulturist Carlos Magdalena, also known as the Plant Messiah. We talk about the importance of plants in our day to day life, ways to make people care about them more and his conservation work at Kew Gardens. Carlos Magdalena, Sofia Castello y Tickell, Julia Migne 24 Sep 2020
5 Creative Commons Seeds of Change In this episode we take a look at the strange life-cycle of ferns and find out why they are so dependent on water. Lindsay Turnbull 10 May 2020
6 Creative Commons Deceived with ornament Plants attract pollinators through their colourful flowers but some plants aren't quite what they seem. Lindsay Turnbull 06 Apr 2020
7 Creative Commons Sex and the single primrose In early spring, primroses and cowslips can be found in many gardens and parks. Their yellow flowers are certainly beautiful, but they also hold a secret: they come in two different types that can only mate with each other. Lindsay Turnbull 26 Mar 2020
8 Discovering the identity of plants in art We are surrounded by artistic images of plants. These may be symbolic, decorative or functional. They tell us about the plants important in peoples' lives. Stephen Harris 17 Dec 2019
9 Plant genetics from Mendel to Monsanto Ottoline Leyser discusses the ability to target and/or select specific genetic changes in plant genomes, and the impact of this on the governance of our food system. Ottoline Leyser 06 Dec 2019
10 How do you grow rice faster? 3 billion people depend on rice for survival & owing to predicted population increases, land that provided enough rice to feed 27 people in 2010 will need to support 43 by 2050. In this week's podcast episode we ask: how do you grow rice faster? Jane Langdale 11 Jul 2018
11 Sustaining one another: enset, animals, and people in the southern highlands of Ethiopia An Anthropology Departmental Seminar delivered by Elizabeth Ewart and Wolde Tadesse (School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography, Oxford) on 13 October 2017 Elizabeth Ewart, Wolde Tadesse 27 Mar 2018
12 'Relationships' part 1 - People and plants: balancing conservation and commerce How can working with people to understand how they use their local plants be used to protect them when industry moves in? How do we find and conserve areas of high 'bioquality'? William Hawthorne 12 Apr 2016
13 Creative Commons Plants, Photosynthesis, and Solar Energy The planet is in trouble; fossil fuels are being depleted and are contributing to global warming. Plants, however, have been directly harnessing solar energy for as long as they have existed. A flash talk from Tomas Leijtens. Tomas Leijtens 07 Jul 2014
14 Organisms Reading and Reference list Reading and Reference list for Organisms lecture series. Tim Walker 09 May 2013
15 Creative Commons Organisms Lecture 4: The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation 2020 Fourth and final lecture in Professor Tim Walker's Organisms series in which he looks at how we can conserve the world's vital plants on a global scale. Tim Walker 07 May 2013
16 Creative Commons Organisms Lecture 3: What have Plants done for us? Third lecture in Professor Tim Walker's Organisms lecture series in which he looks at what plants have contributed to human existence. Tim Walker 07 May 2013
17 Creative Commons Organisms Lecture 2: Biological Pollination Second lecture in Professor Tim Walker's Organisms lecture series in which he looks at biological pollination - how bees and other insects pollinate plants. Tim Walker 07 May 2013
18 Creative Commons Organisms Lecture 1: Its all about seeds First lecture in Professor Tim Walker's Organisms lecture series in which he looks at seeds and their imporance to organisms. Tim Walker 07 May 2013
19 Creative Commons 21. Thank you and goodbye Thank you for exploring the Botanic Garden with our group of plant loving chemists. Alison Foster 18 Oct 2012
20 01. Welcome to the Botanic Garden An introduction to the Botanic Garden by the Director, Timothy Walker. Timothy Walker 28 May 2012
21 Creative Commons Manipulating plant genes - how do you actually do it? We often hear in the news about GM (Genetic Modification or Manipulation) but what does it actually involve? Liam Dolan 10 Jan 2012
22 Creative Commons Achieving food security and sustainability for 9 billion To ensure food security for the increasing world population in a environmentally sustainable way, we must double productivity on the same area of land. Chris Leaver 09 Jan 2012
23 Creative Commons Plants in a chemical world Plants are able to metabolise a surprisingly diverse range of synthetic chemicals including pesticides and pollutants. Rob Edwards 09 Jan 2012
24 Creative Commons From hairy roots to new medicines Modern medicine uses many compounds which are isolated from plants. For example, vinblastine, which is used to treat many types of cancer, is isolated from the leaves of the Madagascar periwinkle. Sarah O'Connor 09 Jan 2012
25 Creative Commons The gene garden The spectacular variety of colour and growth form seen in our gardens is the result of the action of thousands of genes operating in pathways and networks. Hugh Dickinson 09 Jan 2012