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The Oxford Botanic Garden is a national reference collection of 7,000 different types of plant, making it the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the World - there is even more biological diversity here than there is in tropical rain forests and other biodiversity hotspots. Many gardeners come here to seek inspiration. In the beds and borders you may find new plants that would be perfect in your garden at home and partly for this reason we strive to label clearly every plant in the Garden. Plants are grown in this Garden to support our teaching programmes, for research scientists in this University and elsewhere and as part of plant conservation projects.
||CleanManipulating plant genes - how do you actually do it?||We often hear in the news about GM (Genetic Modification or Manipulation) but what does it actually involve?||10 1 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAchieving food security and sustainability for 9 billion||To ensure food security for the increasing world population in a environmentally sustainable way, we must double productivity on the same area of land.||9 1 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPlants in a chemical world||Plants are able to metabolise a surprisingly diverse range of synthetic chemicals including pesticides and pollutants.||9 1 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom hairy roots to new medicines||Modern medicine uses many compounds which are isolated from plants. For example, vinblastine, which is used to treat many types of cancer, is isolated from the leaves of the Madagascar periwinkle.||9 1 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe gene garden||The spectacular variety of colour and growth form seen in our gardens is the result of the action of thousands of genes operating in pathways and networks.||9 1 2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUsing Science to Enhance Root Function in Crops||Part of the Future of Crops Lecture Series held at the Oxford Botanic Gardens.||19 1 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe OneOak Project:using science and art to revive Britain's wood culture||Part of the Future of Crops lecture series delivered at the Oxford Botanic Gardens.||19 1 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRice as a crop - a 100 year perspective from 1950 to 2050||Part of the Future of Crops lecture series delivered at the Oxford Botanic Gardens.||19 1 2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Artemisinin Supply for Malaria Control||Part of the Healing Power of Plants lecture series given at the Botanic Gardens.||21 12 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Spoonful of Sugar||Part of the Healing Power of Plants lecture series held at the Botanic Gardens.||21 12 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStreptomyces in Nature and Medicine: The Antibiotic Makers||Although plants are a very important part of a garden, we must not forget about the important contribution that soil makes. Bacteria living in the soil also produce compounds important as modern antibiotics.||17 11 2010||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Botanic Garden - Your Modern Medicine Cabinet||The first talk in the series from the Oxford Botanic Garden. This talk will describe the development of this new area as well as explaining the involvement of some of the plants grown there in the discovery and development of modern drugs.||15 11 2010||Free||View in iTunes|