Benjamin Fisk, Department of Plant Sciences
Science on Sundays is a programme of free, informal, monthly science talks, bringing the latest discoveries in plant science, as well as research linked to the plant collection at CUBG, to our visitors in a 30 minute nutshell.
Floral nectar spurs are tubular organs that protrude from the flowers of many different plant species, including several that can be found at Cambridge University Botanic Garden. The nectar at the bottom of the spur is difficult to reach, but many specialised pollinators have evolved elongated mouthparts, giving them privileged access to this hidden reservoir of sugar. This talk explores the curious world of the spur, showcasing colourful flowers and bizarre pollinators. The evolution of spurs will be discussed, leading to the focal question of my research: how do nectar spurs develop?
Science on Sundays
A programme of free, informal, monthly science talks bringing the latest discoveries in plant science, as well as research linked to the plant collection at CUBG to our visitors in a 30 minute nutshell.
Normally, these talks take place in the Garden on the second Sunday of the month as a drop in session. However, as access to the Garden classroom is still restricted this year due to COVID-19, we will be running these talks as online webinars until such time as we can open the classroom to visitors again.
Please check the website and social media for updates.
Suitable for adults and children aged 12+
Talks run monthly March to August
14 March – Prof David Coomes, Department of Plant Sciences – Planting trees to save the planet: greenwashing or golden opportunity?
11 April- Dr Johannes Kromdijk, Department of Plant Sciences – How has evolution fine-tuned the C4 photosynthetic turbo-charger?
9 May- Dr Chris Whitewoods, Sainsbury Laboratory, University of Cambridge – From simple beginnings—understanding the origin of carnivorous plant traps
13 June- Dr Alejandra Guerrero, Department of Plant Sciences – Using Biotechnology to obtain plant pigments without plants
8 August – Dr Julia Mackenzie, Anglia Ruskin University – Raising a brood in the Botanic Garden: The trials and tribulations of blue tits and great tits