Looking good now
The multitude of golden black-eyed Susan is setting the Autumn Garden aglow.
The multitude of golden black-eyed Susan is setting the Autumn Garden aglow.
Useful Links
« Back

Introduction to the Science of Algae

Matt Davey
Tuesday 2 October 2018

Hidden diversity at the garden - what are algae?

Pond scum, gunk, green slime in your fish tank...algae usually get a bad press as a nuisance species but many ecosystems would not be able to function without them. The diversity of algae is huge, not only taxonomically but in terms of size (from microns to giant kelp forests) and geographic distribution (hot deserts to cold Antarctic).

This session will begin with an introductory lecture on general algae taxonomy (freshwater and marine microalgae, macroalgae - seaweeds, identification, distribution and physiology) followed by hands-on microscope work to look at the morphology and structure of some of the key groups of British and non-native algae that are commonly used in research. We will then complete the session with a visit to the gardens Algal Innovation Centre where we will look at the equipment (bioreactors) required to grow such algae in the UK and discuss how we research algae at the University to for possible industrial uses.

Booking required
Booking Details
Book online using the link on the left of this page.
If the course is fully booked (shown as 'out of stock') and you would like to go on a waiting list, please contact the Education & Learning Office on 01223 331875.
Contact Details
01223 331875
Event Category
Plant Identification & Science
Classroom, 1 Brookside
Image ID 04209