In the footsteps of Manton: Spores and early land plant evolution


In the footsteps of Manton: Spores and early land plant evolution

The Irene Manton Lecture: Manchester

Friday 28th November 2014

Irene Manton

Professor Irene Manton, the first woman President of the Linnean Society, was a superlative scientist who pioneered studies on the ultrastructure of pollen, spores and microalgae. In this inaugural Irene Manton Lecture the current President of the Linnean Society, Professor Dianne Edwards CBE FRS, will present ‘In the footsteps of Manton: Spores and early land plant evolution’

Like Manton before her, Dianne Edwards, was an undergraduate at Girton College, Cambridge and she subsequently came under the botanical spell of W.H.Lang, whose department Prof Manton joined after her PhD. Indeed, it was Lang’s paper on the earliest vascular plants that persuaded Dianne to become a palaeobotanist. Dianne Edwards and Irene Manton share an interest in spores, but whereas Manton specialised in describing chromosomes in living organisms, Dianne works on spores whose producers flourished at least 400 million years ago.

From the ultrastructure and external ornament of the spore walls, much can be learned about the affinities of the parents, of hidden diversity in pioneering plants with very simple architecture, of reproductive biology and interactions with animals. In this talk, examples of spores viewed by light, transmission and scanning electron microscopy will be presented to illustrate their pivotal role in elucidating one of the most important events in Earth history—the colonisation of the land by plants.

Despite being previously advertised as 'sold out' a few tickets for this lecture have become available please email for more information.

This meeting starts at 17:30 and will be followed by a wine reception