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Final course: ‘Coffee’… *

Or, rather, something to ponder as you finish your meal, maybe with a coffee. Whatever your food(s) of choice, you need the right equipment...

3rd course: Cereal and fern (and meat and fat…) **

Teeth are one source of evidence for food preferences , but how can you be sure that what is found in the mouth is...

2nd course: Cereals, nettles and conifers (and fish…) ****

Famously, humans will have a go at eating anything, which is why they’re considered to be omnivores, and they are therefore omnivorous *. However,...

1st course: Seagrass ****

What’s the one dietary fact everybody knows about sharks? Correct, they eat human beings – as graphically shown in the creature feature film sensation...

Food, glorious food! ***, ****

Plants provide animals with many things: e.g. medicines; building materials; oxygen; useful chemicals (e.g. dyes such as madder, essential oils for aromatherapy, and...

Saluting those who suffer for science

What is the most important part of a scientific paper? Arguably, it’s the Results section– although there are those who might propose that it’s...

Science communication: Getting it right…

Science is one of the most important of human activities, and consequently it’s often funded by the public via their taxes. In order to...

Check beneath your boots…

When people mention plant blindness* they tend to focus on the ‘lack of appreciation of the role of plants in the world’ notion. That...

Top-up, and bottom-down effects of marine plankton

Members of the plankton are so-called because they don’t have the ability to move against modest currents in the water bodies they inhabit, i.e....

Houseplants as human health monitors

Plants provide humans with many products and services that are not only important but essential to our existence. We don’t have space to catalogue...

Man’s best friend now plant’s best friend too?

For thousands of years, dogs (domesticated descendants of wolves) have been considered to be man’s best friend. One of the ways that friendship has...

Tanks, Zika and ornamental plants

The plant group known as bromeliads famously includes the commercially important pineapple. However, that ground-growing member of the Bromeliaceae (the more formal name for...

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Daffodils and Snowdrops react differently to warming seasons

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