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POSTPONED Science picnic: wheat blotch, friend or foe?

Thursday 13 July 2023 at 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Triticum aestivum - wheat

Wheat is a global crop seen in diets around the world in the form of bread, pasta, and noodles. However, production of the crop is threatened by an equally global foliar wheat pathogen called . Where the plant grows so too does the pathogen, causing a disease called Septoria tritici blotch which is characterised by leaf yellowing and death, and by extension, since dead leaves cannot carry out photosynthesis, reduced grain yield. However, scientists are still working hard to understand this pathogen so that we may battle it. Current work at the University of Bristol, by Rosie Ford, sets out to investigate some of the abiotic conditions that impact S. tritici infection. Alongside this Rosie also explores a chemical produced by the fungus which shares similarities with chemicals with known medicinal and agricultural applications. Hence, it may not be possible to neatly categorise fungi as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ and even fungi we fear have the potential to become heroes.

Science picnics in the early evening summer Botanic Garden are a great way to hear about research in Bristol University; bring drinks and snacks and enjoy.


  • Standard – £9
  • Friend of the Garden – £5
  • Staff or Student of University of Bristol – Free

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You will need to register your details. You will only be charged once you have confirmed your booking.

Enrolment will close 1 day before the start of the course. We only accept online bookings.

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If you have any questions contact us at or call 0117 42 82041


Thursday 13 July 2023
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm


University of Bristol Botanic Garden
The Holmes, Stoke Park Road, Stoke Bishop
Bristol, BS9 1JG United Kingdom
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0117 42 82041

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