Crops

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

Department of Plant Sciences Departmental Research Seminars

Convener: Dr I Moore.

Speaker: Professor Johnathan Napier, Rothamsted

Title: ‘Metabolic engineering for the production of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in transgenic Camelina - making fish oils in plants’

Date: Thursday, 30th October 2014

Time: 1pm - 2pm

Venue: Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences

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Department Of Plant Sciences Departmental Research Seminars

Convener: Dr I Moore.

Speaker: Dr James Hartwell, University of Liverpool

Title: ‘Using de novo ‘omics to elucidate the basis for a complex photosynthetic adaptation: from functional genomics in models to synthetic biology in crops’

Date: Thursday, 6 November 2014

Time: 1pm - 2pm

Venue: Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences

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Plant Sciences Research Seminar

Speaker: Dr Salomé Prat, CNB CSIC

Time: 1pm

Date: Thursday 29th January

Location: Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences

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Department for Continuing Education - Professonal Development

Course Aims:

  • To provide an overview on how land use change through agriculture has influenced the natural environment on a global basis
  • To understand the nature of agricultural impacts on the environment and to address the question ‘are all agricultural impacts necessarily negative?’
  • To look at the trends and complexities of current global agricultural markets and forces and the problems of conservation.
  • To address the question – ‘can the natural environment help agriculture?’
  • To understand the development and influence of international frameworks to address agricultural and environmental issues.
  • To look at case studies of agricultural development, impacts on the environment and efforts to mitigate these - examples are likely to include the grain, coffee and forestry sectors and others may be considered as well depending on time.

Tutor: Dr Sean Murphy of CABI

Date: Fri 21 Feb 2014, 10am-5pm
**PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE**

Location: Ewert House, Summertown, Oxford

Course fee: £125.00

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Panel discussion organised by by first year PhD students studying at the University of Oxford as part of the NERC Doctoral Training Partnership in Evironmental Research. Part of the Grand Challenges Seminar Series 2017.

Date: Tuesday 30 May, 17:30-18:30

Venue: Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BD

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Grand Challenges in Environmental Research

Date: February 26

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Title: Sustaining our future: with or without GM?

Speakers: Lord Peter Melchett – Policy Director at the Soil Association; Professor John Crawford – SGCS Scientific Director of the Delivering Sustainable Systems programme at Rothamsted Research

Join us for our seminar on the future of food with Peter Melchett, the policy director of the Soil Association – a UK organic foods and farming organisation. He will be joined by John Crawford, leader of the Institute Strategic Programme on Delivering Sustainable Systems at Rothamsted Research. Together we will discuss how we can continue to feed our growing population. Can technical approaches such as GM sustain a projected population of 10 billion, or will we need to return to alternative approaches, such as organic farming?

Short talks and a panel discussion, followed by wine and nibbles

A seminar series organised by DPhil students on the NERC Doctoral Training Programme

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As part of the Environmental Change Institute's Big Ideas Seminar Series Dr Prabhu Pingali, of Cornell University, will speak about economic growth, structural transformation and the evolving food security challenge. 
 
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A seminar hosted by Dr Saran Sohi from the UK Biochar Research Centre.

Date: Wednesday 19 June

Time: 2pm

Venue: Moa Room, OUCE

please RSVP to Emily Read if you would like to attend this seminar.

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Date: 20 February 2014

Time: 13:00

Venue: Large Lecture Theatre, Department of Plant Sciences

‘The Popular Biofuel Option?’

Speaker: Professor Gail Taylor, University of Southampton

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InSIS Seminar Series: Ecologies of Expertise

Date: Tuesday 9 June

Time: 3pm-5pm

Location: Seminar Room, 64 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PN.

Speaker: David Demortain, Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Sciences Innovations Sociétés

Title: Thinking about expertise differently: GM risk assessment as an ecology of regulatory knowledge

The control over standards of regulatory evidence is one of the factors that determine who may be called an expert, despite the level of scrutiny and contestation that surrounds claims to expertise, specifically in public and controversial environments. The history of the regulatory testing of genetically modified organisms shows that that standards of proof are simultaneously shaped in various inter-related spaces (industrial, academic, regulatory, civic spaces among others), and are thus varied, if not multiple. Standards of proof get selected or deselected, rise or fall, depending on what happens in this complex environment, or what may be called an ecology of regulatory knowledge, that heavily determines who may prove products safe or unsafe, and thus claim to be an expert.

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