From seed to fork: how plants evolved and humans adapted them

This is a day school in two halves.

In the morning we explore the extraordinary 450 million-year evolution of plants and the inventive ways they solved the many problems arising from the move on to dry land – gravity, nutrition, dessication and the particularly intractable and surprising issue of reproduction.

In the afternoon we discover how humans adapted this bountiful heritage in the invention of agriculture, why, where and how this happened, and why this step has been described as “the biggest miscalculation in history “.

The day should provide a fascinating new perspective on the plants that grow in your garden.

Course Details

This course finished on 14 April 2018