Saving the world's botany

Join Chris Thorogood, a botanist at the University of Oxford's Botanic Garden, and discover the biggest flower on Earth - the Rafflesia. Chris has enjoyed a lifelong infatuation with these extraordinary blooms, from crafting life-size replicas in an abandoned cemetery to dedicating his life to the study and protection of these enigmatic plants. Can the efforts of Chris and his fellow botanists save the Rafflesia from disappearing forever?

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Chris Thorogood researchers the evolutionary genetics of plants, plant taxonomy and biodiversity hotspots. Specifically he is interested in speciation and adaptive radiations in poorly known parasitic and carnivorous plant groups, and also in taxonomic diversity in biodiversity hotspots including the Mediterranean of Oxford Botanic Garden and works in close collaboration with other scientists at University of Oxford Department of Plant Sciences.


The Royal Institution 21 Albemarle St London W1S 4BS

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