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Botany for Gardeners 10 – Botany and Sustainability

Wednesday, 20th July 2022, 18:30 - 20:00

Botany for Gardeners 10 – Botany and Sustainability
Crop wild relatives, genetic diversity and conservation

Crop wild relatives, genetic diversity and conservation

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Week 10: Botany and sustainability, crop wild relatives, genetic diversity and conservation.


Our future depends upon plants. Understanding the importance of wild plants for plant breeding is crucial. Wild relatives of important plants like rice often have valuable traits like salt tolerance. Conserving wild plant diversity is the cornerstone upon which the planet’s, and our, wellbeing depends.

Understanding how plants work will help you become a better gardener! In this 10-part series of online talks, Dr Mark Spencer will cover everything from the evolution of plants to the importance of wild plants in sustaining future human life today.

Topics include plants’ love affair with fungi and bacteria, biogeography, centres of floral diversity, structural plant forms, adaptation, reproduction, plant breeding and invasive species in our cities.

Dr Mark Spencer is an experienced and internationally respected botanist. His expertise covers many disciplines including forensic botany, the plants of North-west Europe, invasive species and the history of botanical science. He also works globally as a seasoned writer, public speaker and television presenter.

Mark Spencer’s huge plant knowledge and dynamic teaching style should ensure that this is another of his SLBI series not to be missed, whether you’re new to gardening, an experienced gardener or just interested in learning more about plants.

Sessions can be booked individually but we’d recommend booking the whole series prior to 2nd March to get maximum learning.

Tickets: £10 members/£12 non-members

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Wednesday, 20th July 2022
18:30 - 20:00

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The South London Botanical Institute
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