Saturday, March 22, 2014

Trinity Tree in Collision!

Trinity has many magnificent trees but perhaps the most iconic are the big leaf maples (Acer macrophyllum).  Over the years concerns about their age and possible fungal infections have all been raised, but a new threat appears to be passing traffic!

A  52 page booklet, Trees of Trinity College Dublin (3rd Edition), provides a detailed guide to the vast array of Trees found in College complete with full colour photographs and detailed guided walks through the campus. This can be purchased online for  € 5.00 plus postage from the Library Shop.

Nick Gray

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Botany Library News - Collectanea Botanica

The Institut Botanic de Barcelona has written to me explaining that they will no longer publish a paper copy of their journal Collectanea Botanica which will now only be published in digital format.  Access to the articles are open  (free) and can be accessed at their website

The journal has the most beautiful covers and the papers are also excellent.  So it is great news that all previous issues will also be available online in pdf format.

Nick Gray

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Plant and Environmental Sciences Poster Day Today!

Just a quick reminder that the Senior Sophister Plant Sciences and  Environmental Sciences Poster Day is taking place today.

Posters will be displayed from 2 pm in the Luce Hall Seminar Room. From 4pm to 5pm students are asked to be beside their posters and be available to answer questions. From 5pm, refreshments will be available.

This is a wonderful opportunity to find out more about plant and environmental sciences.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Epiphytes: A lecture by professor Gerhard Zotz

copyright Gerhard Zotz

Evolutionary Biology & Ecology Seminar Series
You are invited to a fascinating talk on

Epiphytes - a critical review of concepts, facts and assumptions
Gerhard Zotz
University of Oldenberg

3:00 pm  Friday  21st  March in the Botany Lecture Theatre.

There will be tea afterwards in the Zoology Tea Room immediately afterwards. 

If anyone would like to meet with Gerhard please email Daniel Kelly (  To find out more about Gerhard's research use this link.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Research ethics

An interesting article came to my notice the other day by David Resnick with the title What is ethics in research and why it is important?  One of the things that is popping up increasingly frequency in research applications is a section on ethics, so I was delighted to see this article.

David is a bioethicist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services.   He gives a number of interesting case studies and tackles a number of thorny issues such as who should be included as an author on a research paper.   An entertaining and enlightening short article. Access the article here:  NG

Friday, March 7, 2014

Professor Malcolm Bennett University of Nottingham

Root development scientist Professor Malcolm Bennett from the University of Nottingham discusses his research and the future funding of plant science in the UK.