Plants: From Roots to Riches
From Episode 1 Encephalartos altensteinii, one of the world's oldest pot plants
From Episode 2 Joseph Banks, the plant collector who brought us some of our favourite garden plants
From Episode 3 Video: The Plant Family Tree
From Episode 4 Video: Fungi, the mysterious organisms supporting our ecosystems
BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting a new 25-part series about the relationship between people and plants over the last 250 years. This major new partnership between the BBC and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, will tell the story of botany and plant science at Kew Gardens.
Presented by Kew's Director of Science, Professor Kathy Willis, the series features stories from Kew's rich heritage, starting with the early botanists and plant hunters whose pioneering work storing and categorising plants established botany as an important scientific discipline. Later episodes will show how Kew continues to lead the way in modern day plant science throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Featuring interviews with Kew scientists, and delving into Kew’s unique archives, the series will bring the story up to date by exploring key contemporary scientific advances such as the use of DNA testing in plant classification.