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Are plants intelligent and how much processed meat should we eat? – Reading in the news Thurs 31 May – University of Reading

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Are plants intelligent and how much processed meat should we eat? – Reading in the news Thurs 31 May

Release Date 31 May 2018


Raising aspirations in Whitley: Prof Carol Fuller (Institute of Education), originally from the Whitley area in Reading, has been running a scheme for the last few years that is designed to raise the aspirations of mothers living in Whitley. She was featured on news bulletins for BBC News 24 and BBC London this morning.

Is eating plants wrong?: Dr Brian Pickles (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) was interviewed for BBC World Service Radio (approx. 18 mins 45 secs in) on why plants are intelligent organisms that respond to their surroundings. The interview was also played on BBC Radio 4, BBC Wales and some state radio stations in the US.

Processed meats: A repeat of the More4 Food Unwrapped programme looking at how much processed meat we should be eating features expert advice from Dr Gunter Kuhnle (Food).


Other coverage:

  • The University-owned Sonning Farm is listed as one of those participating in Open Farm Sunday this weekend. Visitors will get a tour of the farm, tractor rides, the chance to meet the animals and learn more about science in farming. GetReading reports.
  • Professional services firm EY has combined publication of its new study The Thames Valley - a Framework for Growth with a call for business leaders to come together and provide joined-up thinking on the region's priorities, reports The Business Magazine. In the article, the company's managing partner, Thames Valley and South, Richard Baker, discusses the upskilling of workforces and cites the firm's work with Henley Business School on offering high-level apprenticeships to its employees.
  • A CornwallLive article on getting young people interested in farming mentions a 2012 study by Nick Millard (Real Estate and Planning) which showed that Cornish farms had performed well against national standards.
  • An article for German website examines absolutist thinking and its relationship with wellbeing, and references Mo Al-Mosaiwi and Prof Tom Johnstone's research on absolutist language and depression.



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