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Botanic Garden

The Oxford Botanic Garden is a national reference collection of 7,000 different types of plant, making it the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the World - there is even more biological diversity here than there is in tropical rain forests and other biodiversity hotspots.
Many gardeners come here to seek inspiration. In the beds and borders you may find new plants that would be perfect in your garden at home and partly for this reason we strive to label clearly every plant in the Garden.
Plants are grown in this Garden to support our teaching programmes, for research scientists in this University and elsewhere and as part of plant conservation projects.

# Episode Title Description People Date
12 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
11 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
10 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
9 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
8 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
7 Using Science to Enhance Root Function in Crops Part of the Future of Crops Lecture Series held at the Oxford Botanic Gardens. Liam Dolan 19 Jan 2011
6 Creative Commons The OneOak Project:using science and art to revive Britain's wood culture Part of the Future of Crops lecture series delivered at the Oxford Botanic Gardens. Gabriel Hemery 19 Jan 2011
5 Creative Commons Rice as a crop - a 100 year perspective from 1950 to 2050 Part of the Future of Crops lecture series delivered at the Oxford Botanic Gardens. Jane Langdale 19 Jan 2011
4 The Artemisinin Supply for Malaria Control Part of the Healing Power of Plants lecture series given at the Botanic Gardens. Dianna Bowles 21 Dec 2010
3 A Spoonful of Sugar Part of the Healing Power of Plants lecture series held at the Botanic Gardens. Robert Nash 21 Dec 2010
2 Creative Commons Streptomyces in Nature and Medicine: The Antibiotic Makers Although plants are a very important part of a garden, we must not forget about the important contribution that soil makes. Bacteria living in the soil also produce compounds important as modern antibiotics. Sir David Hopwood 17 Nov 2010
1 Creative Commons The Botanic Garden - Your Modern Medicine Cabinet The first talk in the series from the Oxford Botanic Garden. This talk will describe the development of this new area as well as explaining the involvement of some of the plants grown there in the discovery and development of modern drugs. Alison Foster 15 Nov 2010