On this half-day course with Dr Alison Foster you will look at the chemical basis for the colours, smell and taste of the plant world. Alison will take you on a chemical journey through the lifecycle of plants explaining how the chemistry of colour, smell and taste impact on pollinator attraction and seed dispersal, and how plants protect themselves from predators. By the end of the course you will be well equipped to test out your new found chemistry knowledge with your own sense of taste, smell and sight.
After studying chemistry at both degree and PhD level and working in different roles in the pharmaceutical industry, Alison’s passion for plants got the better of her. She retrained as a horticulturist, and joined the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, eventually becoming Acting Director. Alison is now focusing on using horticulture as a conduit for science communication but also enjoys creating new gardens for plant enthusiasts.