The Darker Side of Plants - Poisonous Plants and Agatha Christie

The Darker Side of Plants - Poisonous Plants and Agatha Christie
 
 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 last 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.

Agatha Christie is well known for her brilliant whodunnits full of meticulous plotting and scientific accuracy. The Queen of Crime was also a keen gardener and combined her extensive knowledge of toxicology and passion for plants in several of her murder mystery plots. She was well versed in the subtle art of poisoning and the toxic effects of the poisons used. This talk looks at some of those plants and their poisons. Just because it's fiction doesn't mean it's made up

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Kathryn is a chemist and author. She completed a doctorate on her favourite chemicals, phosphines, and went on to further research before realising that talking, writing and demonstrating science appealed more than hours in the lab. She writes and gives regular public talks on the disgusting and dangerous side of science.

Kathryn’s first book was the international best-seller A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie. She has also written Making the Monster: The Science of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Her third book, Death by Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings and Broken Hearts is out now.

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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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2021-06-29 10:00 2021-06-29 10:00 Europe/London The Darker Side of Plants - Poisonous Plants and Agatha Christie This talk looks at some of those plants and their poisons. Just because it's fiction doesn't mean it's made up. https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/calendar/2021/06/29/the-darker-side-of-plants-poisonous-plants-and-agatha-christie-254866 ,,,

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

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