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During our Hidden Earth event, we will be showcasing a variety of cutting edge research in Nottingham. You'll hear about some fantastic science, including evolution, coral reef conservation and fuel producing microbes. On top of all of this we will be showcasing some real research from the Hounsfield Facility, recently featured on the BBC’s future of food, where x-ray technology is being used to uncover the hidden world of plant roots. All ages welcome. Event Sponsored by The Royal Society of Biology
Life, Evolution and Everything
Douglas Adams (creator of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - in all its forms - and author of the Dirk Gently books) was responsible for many ideas which have entered the popular consciousness, such as the Babel Fish, Vogon poetry and that the Meaning of Life is 42. In his fiction he played with many ideas around how evolution works, and how we should view it. This talk explores the intersection between Douglas Adams’s ideas and evolution in deep time, a field which relies on evidence from the fossil record and molecular biology.
Conservation of coral reef fishes: Nemo doesn’t always make it home
Conservation practices and fisheries management are usually strange bedfellows. However, as I will discuss, there is an increasing global push to develop conservation planning that is inherently aligned with resource management – in this respect the uses of traditional management or co-management practices are becoming more de-rigueur within the conservation world. Such practices strive to work with traditional owners, building strong community partnerships to manage and sustain vital coral reef fish resources.
Gas eating microbes to the rescue!
I work on microbes that eat carbon monoxide to provide energy and carbon. This not only reflects the biochemistry of how life has started 4 billion years ago but is used to make biofuel from industrial waste gas, turning waste into valuable products. As microbes they are very much hidden to our eyes and due to their special energy needs, were for a very long time hidden to us scientist and have only fairly recently been discovered