Biology, genomics and evolution of the complex thalloids

Biology, genomics and evolution of the complex thalloids

Twenty-five participants from 13 countries have just attended a symposium on complex thalloid liverworts in Edinburgh #Marchantia2015. The meeting also included two teleconferences (from Australia, John Bowman, Monash University, and from the USA, Stuart McDaniel, University of Florida) and one recorded presentation (Péter Szövényi, University of Zurich). Seated (left to right): Robbert Gradstein (MNHN Paris), […]

Two bright Geraniums, one true one false.

Two bright Geraniums, one true one false.

Geranium dalmaticum a close growing, mat forming, species from south east Europe. An easily propagated plant by inserting the semi-woody stems into a pot of compost. Growing on the alpine wall it is a mass of clear pink flowers growing to a maximum height of 75mm. The flower parts hanging down in front of the […]

Really Wild Veg - or is it just feral veg?

Really Wild Veg – or is it just feral veg?

One of the difficulties with studying the wild ancestors of domesticated food plants is knowing if plants are truely wild? Domesticated plants will generally inter-breed quite happily with their wild ancestors. What this means is that if the wild and domesticated plants are within a few kilometres of each other pollinating insects can easily facilitate […]

What to do in the your Fruit and Vegetable Garden in Scotland – JULY

What to do in the your Fruit and Vegetable Garden in Scotland – JULY

There are plenty of jobs to do in July in the garden to ensure a bountiful harvest. Dry spells can greatly influence the quality and yield of fruit and vegetables. It is very important to check plants regularly to see if they require watering. If they do need water it is best to give the […]