Whiteknights Biodiversity blog

Whiteknights biodiversity Thu, 04 May 2017 17:28:16 +0000
  • The Palm Family: Plants with a Heart
    The Arecaceae, better known as the palm family, is one of the world’s most iconic plant groups. Comprised of approximately 2600 species across 181 genera (Christenhusz and Byng, 2016), this is a large and diverse family, yet simultaneously one of … Continue reading
  • Dryopteridaceae on campus and in the UK
    Taxonomy Division Pteridophytes Class Polypodipsida Order Polypodiales Family Dryopteridaceae Description: The following is a general description of the family characters based on those outlined in the widely-accepted classification provided by Smith et al. in the paper A Classification for extant … Continue reading
  • Think outside the Box
    Buxaceae at Whiteknights There’s a man buried vertically, head downwards on a hillside called Box Hill near Dorking in Surrey. You could say he was off his head when he died in 1800. No, maybe on his head… “the world … Continue reading
  • Orobanche hederae – Ivy Broomrape
    My last blog was on the common broomrape, Orobanche minor, the only species I had seen on campus in the past few years.  Today I was excited to receive an email from Phöbe, one of the volunteer Friends of the … Continue reading
  • Orobanche minor on Whiteknights campus
    Parasitic plants, particularly ones with large and colouful flowers, are always a cause of curiosity from the casual observer, and are generally uncommon enough to exite field botanists. For many years there were numerous flower spikes of Orobanche minor on … Continue reading
  • Flying Saucer Hunt
    Last July we added White-letter hairstreak to the campus species list. It’s impossible to say whether it was a stray individual (revisiting my photograph it was a pretty beaten up specimen!) or part of a breeding colony on campus. It … Continue reading
  • 2015 powdery mildew species review
    Alist of all powdery mildew species I have found in 2015 is now available on the Whiteknights biodiversity blog. Please take a look. Interestingly, we can link these identifications to my powdery mildew baseline review, which aimed to establish which of … Continue reading
  • Enhancement Week
    School of Biological Sciences students and staff alike enjoyed a veritable wildlife bonanza during week 6 ‘enhancement week’, with a range of sessions including bird ringing and moth trapping that served to demonstrate you don’t have to go far for a … Continue reading
  • UK Fungus Day @UniofReading notes 3
    I’m still working through numerous photos and trying to edit them – several of today’s blog batch are those our MSc Plant Diversity (#MScPlDiv) students tried to identify the next day.  Note that not all the names scribbled on the … Continue reading
  • UK Fungus Day @UniofReading notes 2
    Here is the second gallery of fungal finds from our UK fungus day activities.  A range of both small and crust-like fungi through to large boletes.  There are part of the morning collections and a few of the afternoon foray … Continue reading

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