Date of release: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The role of plant science in supplying food for a growing world population is the subject of a free talk at the University of Greenwich.

A Questioning Life: The Hows and Whys in the Application of Plant Science, by Professor Chris Atkinson, takes place at the university's Medway Campus on Wednesday 28 June at 6pm.

Chris Atkinson is Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change at the university's Natural Resources Institute (NRI). He will draw on his research experiences gained from a career which has shaped the way he thinks, works and teaches.

He says: "The global demand for food is increasing as the population grows, and we have to sustain a planet subject to rapid climate change. Some of the solutions to these problems will come from the knowledge and application of plant science.

"In this lecture, I will use examples from my work in the UK and overseas to emphasise that the value of research comes from not only asking and answering questions, but the practical application of that new knowledge."

Tea and coffee will be served from 5.30pm with the lecture beginning at 6pm in the Pilkington Lecture Theatre, Medway Campus, ME4 4TB. Professor Atkinson will be available after the talk to discuss his work.

Places are free, but must be booked by Wednesday 21 June. Please contact Heather McAvoy-Marshall on 01634 883911 or

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