Plants, People, Planet

The New Phytologist Trust is launching a new journal, Plants, People, Planet. It’s been exciting to be involved in the conception, gestation and imminent birth of our new baby, and particularly gratifying to have been invited to join the formidable board of Strategic Advisers to the journal. The objective of Plants, People, Planet is to offer a platform for…

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The War Between Trees and Grasses

My new book will be published next week (around 18 October). Here’s the blurb: There is a co-evolutionary bond between trees, grasses and people which has its origins in the earliest era of life on land. This book traces the history of this edgy relationship, revealing its decisive role in the physiological, psychological and social…

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On plant growth and form

Helen Ougham and I recently published an article with this title in a special issue of New Phytologist on Plant developmental evolution. Our paper is a commentary on a very nice study in the journal by Runions et al. in which computational methods were used to generate a wide range of virtual leaf morphologies. This…

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Out to grass

Two nice grass-related events happened today. I appeared on a BBC Radio 4 Natural History programme this morning, talking about evolution of plants and humans. It will be available for a while as a podcast. My son happened to hear the show in the car and didn’t recognise his own father’s voice, which he thought…

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Two new posts about the literary and scientific history of food

I’ve recently made two new additions to Harvests at the Brink, concerning a workshop talk by Richard and our latest publication: J E Archer, H Thomas, R Marggraf Turley. 2017. The millers’ tales: sustainability, the arts and the watermill. In: Literature and Sustainability. Concept, Text and Culture (eds A Johns-Putra, J Parham, L Squire) pp 13-32. Manchester: University Press.

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