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7:45pm for 8:00pm

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Monday 6 September 2021

Evolution of flowering plants, especially in relation to Darwin's "abominable mystery"

A Zoom talk. Members will be sent joining details.
Prof Richard Buggs, Queen Mary College, University of London

The phrase "Darwin's abominable mystery" is frequently used with reference to a range of outstanding questions about the evolution of the plant group today known as the angiosperms. Here, I seek to more fully understand what prompted Darwin to coin the phrase in 1879, and the meaning he attached to it, by surveying the systematics, paleobotanical records, and phylogenetic hypotheses of his time.

Professor Richard Buggs is an evolutionary biologist. His research group analyses DNA sequences to understand how plants evolve in nature. His group designs strategies to accelerate plant evolution in response to climate change and new pests and pathogens.

Programme 2021

The programme for 2021 as currently proposed is also available as a pdf document.

Other programmes

Previous years programmes and other programme information can be found on the About us page.