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Author Archives: James Hamlin

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The living soil: tread carefully

Professor James Prosser OBE FRSB, chair in molecular and cell biology at the University of Aberdeen, discusses the living world of soils. As you walk around your garden, you may not realise it, but you’re treading on a dense and diverse community of many different life forms. This community creates and sustains the soil and … Continue reading »

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Hooke, my hero. Micrographia, my Bible.

By Cath Hodsman, entomological artist. The Royal Society of Biology is running an insect life-cycles microscopy art course in partnership with Cath Hodsman on 23rd October 2015. This year celebrates a landmark anniversary that has helped define me as both a person and a professional. It is 350 years since the scientist Robert Hooke published … Continue reading »

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Mythbuster: Do carrots really help you see in the dark?

By Grace Paget, science writer.  It’s long been said that carrots help you to see in the dark, but it has become synonymous with encouraging children to eat their vegetables in the hope that they will gain the power that is night vision! Like all ‘old wives’ tales’ and myths, there’s often some truth in … Continue reading »

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Fungal foes forge ahead

Dr Helen Fones, Associate Research Fellow at the University of Exeter, discusses fungi; the not-so ‘mundane monsters’. As part of ‪Biology Week‬, the British Mycological Society‘s UK Fungus Day is hosting events across the UK and Ireland around 10th & 11th October. People are strange. A striking example of that strangeness can be seen in the … Continue reading »

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Fungi fight club!

Professor Lynne Boddy FRSB, Cardiff University, discusses one of her favourite subjects: fungus wars. As part of ‪Biology Week‬, the British Mycological Society‘s UK Fungus Day is hosting events across the UK and Ireland around 10th & 11th October. Fungi rarely live alone, so they frequently encounter other fungi, bacteria and invertebrates, and sometimes vertebrates too. … Continue reading »

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Is organic food better for you and for the environment?

By Professor Nigel Brown FRSB, President of the Microbiology Society. There is a considerable amount of concern about the use of pesticides and herbicides in the environment, and specifically their use on the food we eat.  There is no doubt that we need to prevent insects and microbes from damaging our food crops and different … Continue reading »

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Three Steps to CV Success

By The Careers Group. The Royal Society of Biology is running a CV and Interview Skills Workshop in partnership with The Careers Group, University of London, on 3rd December 2015. Most people find it a challenge to write a good CV. The temptation to just update an existing version is strong, so your 2015 CV is … Continue reading »

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Composting: recycling for the future

Dr Geoff Robson FRSB, senior lecturer at the University of Manchester discusses the role or fungi in composting. As part of ‪Biology Week‬, the British Mycological Society‘s UK Fungus Day is hosting events across the UK and Ireland around 10th & 11th October. As I watched a JCB disassemble a 10m high compost heap so … Continue reading »

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