CANCELLED: The Weird and Wonderful World of Mosses.

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
0207 434 4479 ext 211

Due to unforeseen circumstances our lunchtime lecture next week on ‘The weird and wonderful Mosses’ along with the accompanying excursion has to be cancelled.

However we will be hosting an alternative talk on the same day at the same time.

Dr Isabelle Charmantier will be giving a talk on 'Linnaeus, Sex and Classification'

Carl Linnaeus' lasting legacy is his binomial nomenclature (genus + species names, by which every organism is scientifically named), but in his day he was most famous for his sexual system of classifying plants. This lecture will give the background to Linnaeus' scandalous sexual system, how it was despised by some contemporaries who called it 'loathsome harlotry', and how, throughout his life, Linnaeus searched for a better, natural system of classifying plants.

Tickets are still valid for this talk.

LUNCHTIME LECTURE 12:30–13:00 Wednesday 3 October 2018

© Jeff Duckett

This lecture will explain the major features of the biology of mosses, including their reproductive cycles, remarkable water relations and use as model organisms in molecular research. These considerations form the backdrop to understanding why these diminutive and beautiful plants are centre state in current debates on land plant evolution and are a major key in understanding climate change both recent and back to the dawn of terrestrialization over 450 million years ago. The afternoon excursion will provide the opportunity to see some of the 150 bryophytes known from Hampstead Heath and to witness first-hand the major changes that have occurred in these in the 21st century.

Professor Jeff Duckett FLS, a past president of the British Bryological Society and International Association of Bryologists, was the recipient of the Linnean Society medal for Botany in 2008. His over 200 papers on the biology and evolution of lower land plants are the result of numerous expeditions to 6 continents.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is not essential, but to secure your place we recommend booking a ticket.
  • Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 12:15.
  • Tea will be served in the Library following the lecture.
  • This event will be followed by an optional excursion to Hampstead Heath.