The UK Grown logo – look out for it

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Over the sunny bank holiday weekend, I called in to my local garden centre to buy a few plants for some patio pots. This is standard practice for me at this time of the year and normally I select a few varieties based on colours and combinations that appeal. This I did until I saw the “UK grown” logo on …

Quality student opportunities across the UK

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My last post (Building the Plant Health Profession)  called for applications from academic researchers to offer undergraduate summer studentships that address Plant Health research.  We had a good response and applications are now open for undergraduates to apply for one of 9 studentships to run this summer.  The skills focus on offer is varied, from developing pioneering disease detection technology …

Building the Plant Health Profession

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After a successful pilot scheme last year with 4 studentships, the RSB is now offering 9 Plant Health Undergraduate Summer Studentships to be run in 2018. In addition to funding from Defra, the BSPP and N8-Agrifoods are contributing funding to help address Defra research priorities in 8 themes. Maybe other funders will be inspired to join this scheme too in …

Early Career Researchers can mean Undergraduates too

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Yesterday I attended an interesting 1 day meeting organized by SCI on New Frontiers in Crop Research http://bit.ly/2cQxOjd. During the discussion about how to engage business and academic communities, I made the point that Undergraduate Research Studentships can be useful here. Typically, these are carried out over the summer pre-final BSc year to help students see if research is for …

Plant Science in the Neighbourhood

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A couple of weeks ago I held our 5th annual seedling swap at home and used the opportunity to tell friends and neighbours about the plant health professional register (http://rsb plant health register news). Today, I learned that the Animal and Plant Health Agency will be at the Gardeners World exhibition next week (https://www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com) promoting plant protection in the garden. Our …

The changing landscape of plant biology careers

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Far from some previous depictions of plants being the dull part of school biology lessons, we now see Tim Peake’s space mission appealing to thousands of schoolchildren to grow rocket seeds that have travelled in space (https://www.rhs.org.uk/about-the-rhs/blogs/news-blog/January-2016/seeds-in-space). Can an interest in plant biology lead to career opportunities? Almost certainly is the answer, but the real answer is we can’t be …