Science Lecture Series Michaelmas Term 2013 - Pest and disease control research in the 21st Century

Mon, 11/11/2013 - 7:30pm - Mon, 18/11/2013 - 7:30pm
Daubeny Lecture Theatre (outside Botanic Garden)

The annual Botanic Garden Science Lecture Series this year focuses on research into control of pests and diseases. All talks will take place in the Daubeny Lecture Theatre (which is directly adjacent to the Botanic Garden) at 7.30pm on Mondays from 21st October until 18th November. The talks will last approximately an hour and there will then be the opportunity to ask questions. Each event should be finished by approximately 9pm. Tickets cost £8 per talk and can be booked online.


Dianne Irwin, Syngenta Ltd

Plant products for crop protection: Historic perspectives and improvements on nature

Monday 18th November 2013

The practice of using extracts from plants for the control of agricultural pests dates back at least two millennia in countries such as China, Egypt, Greece and India. Syngenta’s Natural Product Team recognises the potential of plants as a source of useful bioactive compounds. Dianne will illustrate her talk with case studies that show the challenges involved when developing novel products from plant sources.