Crops

Efforts to increase crop yields are critical to meeting growing demands for food from a larger, wealthier population.

Trinity College Scientific Society proudly presents

“Achieving Food Security and Sustainability for 9 Billion”

A talk by Chris Leaver, Emeritus Professor of Plant Science

Venue: Danson Room, Trinity College

Date: 9th May (Thursday 3rd Week)

Time: Arrive 8.20 p.m. for a 8.30 start

Free Admission

Wine and other refreshments will be provided

For more information, please download the poster for this event.

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Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable

Speakers:

  • Edward Green, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Green Biologics
  • Ruth Kelly, Economic Policy Advisor at Oxfam
  • Christopher Durham, Economic Advisor at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Clare Wenner, Head of Renewable Transport, Renewable Energy Association

Venue: New Biochemistry, University of Oxford

Date: Friday, November 7th 2012

Time: 6pm - 7.30pm

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Speaker: Gail Preston

Date: 21st October 2013

Time: 19:30 - 21:00

Venue: Daubeny Lecture Theatre, Botanic Garden Entrance, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AZ

Cost: £8 per talk or £36 for whole series

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Metal hyperaccumulator plants are an unusual group of plants that are able to accumulate exceptionally high concentrations of metals such as zinc, nickel, copper and cadmium in their leaves. They are typically found growing in metal-rich soils, and are of interest because of their potential applications in remediation of metal pollution caused by mining and industry. However, the reasons why these plants do this are not fully understood. One possibility is that the toxicity of the accumulated metal provides an 'elemental' defence against herbivory and disease.

This talk is part of the Botanic Gardens Science Lecture Series.

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Speaker: David Boshier

Date: 4th November 2013

Time: 19:30 - 21:00

Venue: Daubeny Lecture Theatre, Botanic Garden Entrance, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AZ

Cost: £8 per talk or £36 for whole series

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Although just one in a line of recent disease arrivals in Britain, Chalara fraxinea, the fungus that causes ash dieback, gained massive media and public interest. This talk examines what the disease means for ash trees in Britain, what research is going on in response, and whether resistance or resilience is the key for our trees.

This talk is part of the Botanic Gardens Science Lecture Series.

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Speaker: Sarah Gurr

Date: 28th October 2013

Time: 19:30 - 21:00

Venue: Daubeny Lecture Theatre, Botanic Garden Entrance, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AZ

Cost: £8 per talk or £36 for whole series

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Fungal pathogens are a major threat to global ecosystems, accounting for billions of pounds of lost or damaged crops every year. This talk will consider the fungal challenges we have faced and will evaluate future threats posed by the emergence and movement of pathogens, fuelled by modern agricultural systems, trade and transport and by climate change.

This talk is part of the Botanic Gardens Science Lecture Series.

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Speaker: Dianne Irwin

Date: 18th November 2013

Time: 19:30 - 21:00

Venue: Daubeny Lecture Theatre, Botanic Garden Entrance, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AZ

Cost: £8 per talk or £36 for whole series

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The practice of using extracts from plants for the control of agricultural pests dates back at least two millennia in countries such as China, Egypt, Greece and India. Syngenta's Natural Product Team recognises the potential of plants as a source of useful bioactive compounds. Dianne will illustrate her talk with case studies that show the challenges involved when developing novel products from plant sources.

This talk is part of the Botanic Gardens Science Lecture Series.

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Speaker: Charles Godfray

Date: 11th November 2013

Time: 19:30 - 21:00

Venue: Daubeny Lecture Theatre, Botanic Garden Entrance, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AZ

Cost: £8 per talk or £36 for whole series

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By 2050 there will probably be about 10 billion people on earth, a larger proportion of them wealthier than today and demanding a more varied diet. This pressure on the food system will occur at the same time as competition for water, land and other resources increases, and the effects of climate change become increasingly felt. Charles will explore what might be done, focusing on the role of plant science and how best we can protect crops from pests and diseases.

This talk is part of the Botanic Gardens Science Lecture Series.

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Sustainable use and production of biochar in the UK

June 20 & 21st, 2013, Oxford

The conference is a unique event that aims to broaden the biochar spectrum, bring together all those that will benefit and launch a unique and innovative industry at the same time. This low carbon, community economy event is being held at Oxford Town Hall, Oxford.

We want to invite businesses, community groups, researchers, local authorities, waste management companies, composting facility, growing medium producers and biochar producers……. In fact, we believe that every business and every community can benefit from the sustainable production and deployment of biochar and it’s technology in some way, even if they only support it within their community.

So, if you’re interested in reducing costs and yet increasing profits, increasing productivity, reducing GHG, ISO accreditation, the science behind it or just in helping generate a low carbon economy and create a carbon sink and store within your low carbon community, then you need to come and meet the people that can tell you how to make it happen.

The conference will cover a wide range of talks given by industry, science and research leaders as well as policy-makers, waste specialists, technology providers and producers. The day includes a light lunch and refreshments and tickets start from as little as £65. Concession prices available.

You can download the full agenda from the Biochar Foundation website here

Register and buy tickets from the Biochar Foundation website here

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The doubling of cereal and livestock production in the last half of the 20th century should have resulted in a global food supply being adequate for all but currently, nearly a billion people remain hungry every day.

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This conference directly follows the BSPP presidential conference which runs from the 12th - 13th September 2016. Click here to view more details.


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