Plant Science Panel launched to field plant queries

Researchers from several plant science bodies were appointed to a new 20-strong panel launched last month to answer questions from the general public about plants and their cultivation.

The Plant Science Panel is an initiative of Sense About Science, a charitable trust, and is supported by the James Hutton Institute, the John Innes Centre, Rothamsted Research and the UK Plant Sciences Federation, among others. The RHS and the Universities of Cambridge and Kent are also represented on the panel.

Sense About Science public liaison officer Frances Downey, who set up the panel, said: "With a public panel, where everyone can read and follow up, we can persuade experienced researchers that the time is well spent. This kind of public-led, expert-fed approach means the agenda is also set by what people are actually concerned by."

Questions can be submitted to the panel via email or Twitter. Answers are published on the Sense About Science website at

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