5 episodes

What techniques are used to keep crops safe from insects? What happens to tomatoes when they ripen? This selection of audio slideshows covers a broad range of topics that relate to the nature of both plants and vegetables. From touring the largest display green houses in the world at the Eden Project to genetically engineering crops for African famers, this collection of case studies reveals fascinating insights into the cutting edge work conservationists and bio-chemists are doing in the field of botany. This material forms part of the Open University course S173 Plants and people.

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What techniques are used to keep crops safe from insects? What happens to tomatoes when they ripen? This selection of audio slideshows covers a broad range of topics that relate to the nature of both plants and vegetables. From touring the largest display green houses in the world at the Eden Project to genetically engineering crops for African famers, this collection of case studies reveals fascinating insights into the cutting edge work conservationists and bio-chemists are doing in the field of botany. This material forms part of the Open University course S173 Plants and people.

    • video
    Eden Project: Palms and Peppers

    Eden Project: Palms and Peppers

    Tour of the Eden Project.

    • 5 min
    • video
    Eden Project: Busy Lizzy (Imaptiens gordonii)

    Eden Project: Busy Lizzy (Imaptiens gordonii)

    Busy Lizzy is native to eastern Africa, but grown in the Eden Project.

    • 2 min
    • video
    Fruit Ripening

    Fruit Ripening

    Professor Greg Tucker explains why fruit ripen.

    • 5 min
    • video
    Royal Horticultural Society: Colour chart

    Royal Horticultural Society: Colour chart

    Dr. John David describes how the colour chart is used for recording plants.

    • 3 min
    • video
    Pest Control (Push and pull systems)

    Pest Control (Push and pull systems)

    Professor John Picket explains how he used the push pull system to help African farmers

    • 4 min

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