Monday 24 May 2021 1000 - 1300 BST £25 Online course from Cambridge University Botanic Garden.
Colour in plants is of great cultural importance, influencing many areas of human endeavour including horticulture, art, and gastronomy. Colour also plays a vital role in the biology of plants by absorbing harmful radiation from the sun, capturing light to drive photosynthesis and signalling the availability of flowers and fruit. This half-day session with Botanic Garden Director, Professor Beverley Glover, will explore the concept of colour in plants. Beverley will explain how colourful pigments are made, by what mechanisms different colour hues are achieved, and for what effect? Also why some colours are more common than others and how plants can make structural colour without the use of pigments at all.