Botanic Garden audio trail: Told by its gardeners and author Philip Pullman
Image sheet of plants and animals children may see at their local park
A great resource from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History to help children engage with the plants and animals they will see at the park!
What's in the Indian Ocean?
Much less is known about the Indian Ocean than either the Atlantic or Pacific. It's also less protected. What secrets lie beneath the waves? What new species wait to be discovered…? Dr Paris Stefanoudis tells us all about the Nekton project, its past and planned missions, and the role it’s playing in helping us to find out “What’s in the Indian...
Barley Rose Collier Harris
I always thought I was a physicist - with the first name 'Barley Rose' I thought studying plants would be too much of a cliché. I took a gap year before uni and was in need of a job, I wanted to do something ‘sciency’ before I started my undergrad and with no physics institutes nearby in Norfolk I applied for a job at the John Innes centre and...
Hardy Crops To Tackle Food Insecurity
Our world is getting more and more densely populated. By 2050 there’ll be nearly 10 billion people on our planet and agricultural demand is predicted to rise by 70%. So how will we ensure that every human alive gets the food they need?
Information on games, trails, jokes and crafts from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History's Learning Zone
Here, you'll find all kinds of interactive activities provided by the Oxford Museum of Natural History:
Changing plant chloroplasts to improve crop performance
Chloroplasts are tiny protein-filled units within plant cells. As well as being responsible for photosynthesis, they are critical to a plant's ability to respond to its environment (for example, to the intensity of light or the threat of disease). They do this by importing the proteins they need - and getting rid of those they don't need....
Prof Simon Hiscock is Director of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum, and a Professor of Botany in the Department of Plant Sciences.
His research focuses on using genetics and genomics to explore the fundamental processes underlying plant reproduction and evolution. He is currently working on the Senecio (ragworts,...
Should I buy a real or a fake Christmas tree?
It's that time of year - the festive jumpers are going on, the lights are going up, and we're ready to decorate our Christmas trees. But when it comes to choosing your fir, what do you go for - real or fake? Perhaps you have a trusty old family-favourite that comes down from the attic each year? Or maybe going to choose a real tree gets you...
Facebook LIVE about Rafflesia the largest flower on earth!
Tune in on Monday at 2pm as we interview Dr Chris Thorogood, Head of Science from Oxford Botanical gardens about RafflesiaL the largest flower on earth.