Professor Beverley Glover, Director, Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Science on Sundays is a programme of free, informal, monthly, plant science talks, bringing the latest discoveries in plant science to our visitors in a 30 minute nutshell.
This month we are going online and our Director, Professor Beverley Glover, has recorded the talk she was going to present in the Garden on Sunday 19 April.
Beverley’s talk will focus on answering the question of how one plant species becomes two. This has happened frequently in the past in order to generate the enormous species diversity of around 350,000 flowering plants we see today.
One possible explanation is that the association between flowering plants and animal pollinators has led to speciation, as different plants adapt to suit the morphology and behaviour of different animals. Beverley will describe how her research is seeking to answer this question, focusing on nectar spurs and their interaction with pollinator tongue length.
Online talk: how does one species become two?
About Science on Sundays
Science on Sundays is a programme of free, informal, monthly, drop-in plant science talks, bringing the latest discoveries in plant science to our visitors in a 30 minute nutshell.
As the Garden is closed due to COVID-19, we have had to cancel these talks in person, however we are trying to deliver some virtually, as above. Please check the website and social media for updates, thank you.
When we reopen, we hope to see you for future Science on Sunday talks in the Garden.