Plants – From Roots to Riches

Plants – From Roots to Riches

A brief history of botanical science and our changing relationship with plants, drawing upon the archive collections and scientific research at the Royal Botanical Gardens Kew. Presented by Professor Kathy Willis, Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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  • 18 Nov 27MB

    plantsfrtr: Omnibus, 5 of 5 07 Nov 14

    Prof Kathy Willis, Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, examines how the technology that helped map

    Duration: 57 mins

  • 18 Nov 27MB

    plantsfrtr: Omnibus, 4 of 5 31 Oct 14

    Prof Kathy Willis, Director of Science at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, examines new insights into plant hormones;

    Duration: 57 mins

  • 18 Nov 27MB

    plantsfrtr: Omnibus, 3 of 5 24 Oct 14

    Prof Kathy Willis, Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, examines how the complete picture of

    Duration: 57 mins

  • 18 Nov 27MB

    plantsfrtr: Omnibus, 2 of 5 17 Oct 14

    Prof Kathy Willis, Director of Science at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, examines the race to culture the prized

    Duration: 57 mins

  • 18 Nov 27MB

    plantsfrtr: Omnibus, 1 of 5 10 Oct 14

    The first of five omnibus editions of Prof Kathy Willis' timely new history of our changing relationship with plants.

    Duration: 57 mins

  • 22 Aug 7MB

    plantsfrtr: The Great Providers 22 Aug 14

    Prof Kathy Willis examines how we are building future resilience into our modern crops.

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 21 Aug 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Green and Pleasant Lands 21 Aug 14

    Prof Kathy Willis assesses the cultural value of ecosystems for our health and well-being.

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 20 Aug 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Capture and Drawdown 20 Aug 14

    Prof Kathy Willis examines new insights into plants as regulators of our planet.

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 19 Aug 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Dynamic Rainforest 19 Aug 14

    How DNA analysis is providing a new window into the evolution of the tropical rainforest.

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 18 Aug 7MB

    plantsfrtr: A Blooming Tree of Life 18 Aug 14

    Prof Kathy Willis explores DNA fingerprinting and a new tree of life for plants.

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 15 Aug 7MB

    plantsfrtr: A Useful Weed 15 Aug 14

    Prof Kathy Willis explores the legacy behind the mapping of the first plant genome.

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 14 Aug 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Capsules of Life 14 Aug 14

    Prof Kathy Willis uncovers the role seedbanking plays in conserving worldwide plant diversity.

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 13 Aug 7MB

    plantsfrtr: An Ill Wind 13 Aug 14

    Prof Kathy Willis explores the arboreal benefits that emerged from the great storm of 1987.

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 12 Aug 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Unlocking biodiversity 12 Aug 14

    Prof Kathy Willis probes the tools that are proving essential to map the world's flora.

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 11 Aug 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Signals of Growth 11 Aug 14

    Prof Kathy Willis examines the impact of isolating and understanding the action of plant hormones that was to transform

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 08 Aug 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Botanical Medicine 08 Aug 14

    Prof Kathy Willis examines the legacy of early encounters with alkaloids from plants.

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 07 Aug 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Hunt for Diversity 07 Aug 14

    Prof Kathy Willis explores Nikolai Vavilov's pioneering search for unused varieties of crops.

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 06 Aug 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Battling Bark and Beetle 06 Aug 14

    Prof Kathy Willis examines the origin and impact of Dutch elm disease across Europe.

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 05 Aug 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Multiple Genes 05 Aug 14

    Prof Kathy Willis examines the mystery of a plant's ability to exist in multiple forms.

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 04 Aug 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Towards the Light 04 Aug 14

    Prof Kathy Willis explores the harnessing of plants' ability to photosynthesise their own food.

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 01 Aug 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Patterns from Crossed Peas 01 Aug 14

    Prof Kathy Willis explores the discovery of new laws to create plant hybrids.

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 31 Jul 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Plant Invaders 31 Jul 14

    Prof Kathy Willis examines how one man's flower was turning into another man's weed.

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 30 Jul 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Orchidmania 30 Jul 14

    Prof Kathy Willis examines Charles Darwin's use of orchids as a scientific tool.

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 29 Jul 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Tapping into Rubber 29 Jul 14

    Prof Kathy Willis explores the smuggling of rubber seeds from South America.

    Duration: 14 mins

  • 28 Jul 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Taming the Exotic 28 Jul 14

    Prof Kathy Willis examines the Victorian race to flower the Amazonian water lily.

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 25 Jul 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Lumping and Splitting 25 Jul 14

    Joseph Hooker and the new laws of what grows where and why.

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 24 Jul 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Blight on the Landscape 24 Jul 14

    Fungi and the birth of plant pathology.

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 23 Jul 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Pressed Plants and Possibilities 23 Jul 14

    Historical patterns from preserved plants.

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 22 Jul 7MB

    plantsfrtr: Plants to Shape Society 22 Jul 14

    The botanical impresario Joseph Banks' vision to build Britain's colonies through plants.

    Duration: 15 mins

  • 21 Jul 7MB

    plantsfrtr: A Rose by any other Name 21 Jul 14

    Carl Linnaeus and a revolutionary grammar for plants.

    Duration: 14 mins