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Crowds of golden wild narcissus and electric blue squills are shaking off winter.
Crowds of golden wild narcissus and electric blue squills are shaking off winter.
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Bite-size science in the Talking Plants Tent

Stand up science is back, with a range of talks on collections and research. No need to book, just bring your sandwiches and settle in to some bite-size science sessions.
12 noon: Malaria - the most dangerous plant in the world, from Professor Chris Howe, Department of Biochemistry, Cambridge University

12.20pm: Artemisin - from Chinese herbal medicine to anti-malarial blockbuster drug, from Dr Gwenda Kyd, Science Writer and Editor

12.40pm: The shape that feeds us - how the shape of grass leaves is important to their success, from Devin O’Connor, Post Doctoral Research Assistant, Sainsbury Laboratory

13.30pm: Yucca from the National Collection holder of this spiky southern hemisphere genus, Colin Smith

13.50pm: Crocus from the National Collection holder of these beautiful spring flowers, Dr Roger Holland

14.10pm: Hyacinths from the National Collection holder, Alan Shipp, who cultivates fields and fields of these gorgeous, rich scented bulbs.

14.30pm: Tulips The Garden's Head of Horticulture, Sally Petitt, sprints through the history of Tulipmania and the basis of our National Collection of species tulips.

14.50pm: The How and Why of Flower Colour, from Professor Beverley Glover, Director of the Botanic Garden

15.10pm: The extraordinary colour of beetroot - how and why? from Dr Sam Brockington, Molecular Systematics and Evolution, Cambridge University Department of Plant Sciences.

All talks are ‘drop-in’, no booking required, and last approximately 15 minutes.

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