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Monstrous botanicals, the darker side of the human imagination

Monsters Under Glass: A Cultural History of Hothouse Flowers from 1850 to the Present by Jane Desmarais 2018. Reaktion Books Ltd. Probably, the most obvious...

The incredible journey of etrog, a most religious fruit

Etrog: How a Chinese fruit became a Jewish symbol by David Moster 2018. Palgrave Pivot. It is fair to say that Etrog: How a Chinese...

A date with history: The past, present, and future of palms…

Palm by Fred Gray 2018. Reaktion Books Ltd. Fred Gray’s Palm is the second title in Reaktion Books’ Botanical series I’ve reviewed. The first...

80 wonderful trees and their stories

Around the World in 80 Trees by Jonathan Drori 2018. Laurence King Publishing Ltd. Stephen Barstow did it with plants, Dan Cruikshank did it with...

Taking Glycine to the max!

The Story of Soy by Christine du Bois 2018. Reaktion Books Ltd. Before encountering Christine du Bois’ book, The Story of Soy, I had little...

The cosmopolitan Compositae (or Sunflowers at large…)

Sunflowers by Stephen Harris 2018. Reaktion Books Ltd. Stephen Harris’ Sunflowers isn’t about sunflowers. OK, correction, it is, but it’s not just about sunflowers. Rather,...

Promoting the planet’s plants-and-people future [Or, Probably the best jobs in British Botany…]

We’re not in the habit of posting job advertisements in this column – especially when the application deadlines will have long passed when this...

Fillyphyllophilia…

Women in the U.S. who live in homes surrounded by more vegetation appear to have significantly lower mortality rates than those who live in areas with less vegetation, according to a new study

Blooming, brilliant botanical miracles

Botanical Miracles: Chemistry of Plants That Changed the World. Raymond Cooper, Jeffrey John Deakin. CRC Press, 2016. Warning: this book contains … chemistry(!). If you...

The great botanical countdown

Oxford Plants 400 was created as a countdown to 25th July 2021, marking 400 years of botanical research and teaching at the University of Oxford.

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Improving overyielding in legume-based mixtures

A major challenge when supporting the development of intercropping systems remains the design of efficient species mixtures. The ecological processes that sustain...

The Oaks of the North Are Unexpectedly Well-Defended

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