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Our planet is our future and we need to do all we can to protect it. Join us to learn how we can help do our bit, from sustainable fishing to tiny bacteria to sex!
Climate scientists should think more about sex!
Rob Ellis (Post Doc and lecturer)
Global climate is changing at its fastest rate for over 30 million years, posing a major threat to many different species worldwide. In order to mitigate the impact of climate change, and better protect global biodiversity, accurately projecting how species and ecosystem will respond to such change is vital. Explaining how different species respond, and even how different individuals of the same species respond, is therefore a really important part of this complex picture. But might thinking about sex help improve our projections?
The Bartenders Guide To Fish Farming
Will Davison (PhD student)
As a great drag queen once said: “There’s always time for a cocktail” and as it turns out this stands true for fish farming too. Sadly, these aren’t quite the cocktails we’re used to. Instead of vodka and gin, fish farms have been mixing ingredients like carbonated water and baking soda for the fish to swim around in. In my talk I’ll be exploring what these cocktails mean for a fish and their bodies and then what this has to do with mankind’s rapidly growing population. Like any good bartender I’ll also be recommending water chemistry cocktails that will pair best with a fish’s dinner.
Micro-collaborators: fungi and bacteria working together to steal our bread?
Wheat is one of the UK’s most important crops, both economically and in terms of calories supplied to our diet. However, wheat comes under attack from a range of fungal diseases. In this talk, I will explore the unexpected way in which a bacterium with a clever trick for forming frost on leaves can help the fungus to find its way inside the wheat leaf, and the ways in which we might be able to subvert their collaboration to reduce our reliance on fungicides in wheat production.