GM crop regulation: a spectrum

Every debate in the public about GM crops seems to be whether they should be legal or not. What I don’t understand is why GM regulation needs to be so binary, how many other topics are people really completely for or completely against? The large majority of scientists would agree that the concept of GM…

Summer research placement chat

Hello my fellow nerds (my sisters suggestion, not mine). Hope you are all having a fantastic summer. For 8 weeks this summer I carried out a research placement at the University of Nottingham. Summer research placements usually last from 6-12 weeks and are usually carried about between second year and final year. I thought it…

Ferns communicate to determine their sexes

Scientists in Japan have discovered that ferns later in development release chemicals in the soil which determines the sex of younger ferns, which maintains a sex ratio in the population that favours cross-fertilisation. Ferns have a very different reproductive system to the plants that we are used to. A lot of the plants in our…

Day 5: 5 easy ways to learn more about plants

Hello, final blog post of the week, wooo! Thank you very much for reading them. Here is a list of 5 ways to learn more about plants and their science. Follow plant science news on twitter Some people use twitter to tell the world about their everyday life or follow celebrities, but there is a world…

Day 4: 5 cool plants

Hello, I’m sure you are all getting fed up of reading my posts by now, the fourth day. But if you’re not then here you go, another post! This one is a list of 5 plants that I think are pretty cool. Venus fly trap Looking on the internet, there were some very violent images of venus…

Day 3: 5 ways that plants can help people

  For my third post of this week, I thought I’d write about some plant science research which can benefit us humans. As this is more about the research, I have omitted the obvious ways that plants help people: they provide us with the air we breathe, the food we eat and we just simply would not be here…

Day 2: 5 things to know about Semester 3

Ah, the joys of semester 3, the first semester of second year i.e. the first semester where things count. For my second day in my 5 days of blogging I thought I’d write a post about the past semester. 1. It gets harder and without you even releasing it They said that A levels to first year of university…

Day 1: 5 Popular Science Books

I finished my exams last week (woooo!). I wanted to do something before the next semester of lectures start because when I get back into it I don’t do as many fun things –  like this! So I decided to do a “5 days of blogging” kind of thing. For the first day, I thought…

I love studying plant science

Plant science isn’t the most standard undergraduate degree in the world. You never hear 5 year olds saying “I really want to be a plant scientist when I grow up”. It’s the sort of thing that you learn you love. I am very passionate about plant science, and I think it’s a subject more people should…

Computer programming adventures

Hello. It’s now a good few weeks back into term, now it is back to normal university life with lots of lectures, coursework and all that jazz. So here is another post reminiscing about the summer. It is going to be about my adventure in attempting to learn some programming. I don’t really know why I want…

Germinating

I am now in my first week of second year and seeing all the freshers around campus it has just dawned on me that I’m not one anymore, and that this year actually counts towards my degree (AHHH). To take my mind off this year counting I thought I would remind myself of the summer, so…

Sowing the seed

Hello everyone. I think a good start would be for me to introduce myself. My name is Alice, I’m currently an undergraduate studying plant science at Nottingham. Recently, I have come to the conclusion that I need somewhere to vent all my passion for plants. Twitter’s 140 character limit is just too difficult for me…