The Darker Side of Plants - Plants hold Secrets -Silent Witnesses to Crime

The Darker Side of Plants - Plants hold Secrets -Silent Witnesses to Crime
 
 10:00 am - 11:30 am
 £5

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This is an online video event, please check the organiser for details about how to watch.

This talk is the fifth in our series of 8 online talks on the darker aspects of plants.

This new series of talks explores the Darker Side of Plants – the marvels, mysteries, and murderous nature of the plant world - from fact to fantasy and fiction.

Plants are silent witnesses to crimes. Mark will take you to woodlands, derelict land and roadside verges. He will show how botanical science can help identify a suspect or locate a victim; how seemingly mundane plants such as brambles and nettles can help cast a light on when and where a crime was committed; how fragments of plants embedded in soil on footwear can implicate a suspect; and how to distinguish between a modern clandestine burial and an innocent medieval feature.

Forensic botany has been used for many decades to help solve crimes and murder. Back in the 1930’s it was used to help unravel the infamous, tragic kidnapping and murder of the infant son of aviator Charles Lindbergh, and yet it is still front and centre in solving modern-day crimes.

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Dr Mark Spencer is an experienced and internationally respected botanist. He is a consultant forensic botanist, author, public speaker and occasional radio and TV ‘personality’.

His fascination with plants started as a small boy. He was originally a horticulturalist and then studied botany at university followed by a PhD on plant pathogenic fungi. Mark was a field botanist working in conservation, then for 12 years as a Botany Curator at the Natural History Museum, London.

He retains a strong interest in the history of botany and botanic gardens, invasive non-native species and the flora of North-West Europe. As a forensic botanist, Mark has worked on various missing person enquiries, murders and other serious crimes.

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Plants are full of surprises - they live in a parallel world to ours and have many hidden and strange facets. This series of talks uncovers plants for what they really can be - toxic, dangerous yet attractive, users of entrapment and carnivory, enticing and exotic yet not above using chemical warfare to defend their patch and themselves. Humans use them for healing and to deal out death, but also to help solve mysteries and as sources of creative (but dark) inspiration. Take a journey with us looking at specific aspects of plants: their chemicals, unusual lifestyles and interactions; and how we use (and have misused) them to discover new drugs, solve crimes, heal, commit murder and weave them into deadly gardens and fiction.

Our speakers are diverse, expert and passionate about their subject. They include a renowned and talented biologist who searches the world for plants that kill; trained chemists who have been won over by the world of plants and their mysterious secrets (and write award winning books); an internationally respected botanist who solves crimes using plants, and an author and international garden historian.


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 10:00 am - 11:30 am
 £5

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2021-06-08 10:00 2021-06-08 10:00 Europe/London The Darker Side of Plants - Plants hold Secrets -Silent Witnesses to Crime Plants are silent witnesses to crimes. Mark will take you to woodlands, derelict land and roadside verges. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2021/06/08/the-darker-side-of-plants-plants-hold-secrets-silent-witnesses-to-crime-254862 ,,,

This is an online video event, please check the organiser for details about how to watch.

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