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The death of Liliaceae and other stories: how molecular evidence changed plant classification

Talk, 7-8pm. Great North Museum:Hancock.

This talk will attempt to make sense of recent changes to plant classification at higher taxonomic levels, looking at some of the changes to family membership, why they happened, and whether the resulting classifications make sense. Does DNA-based classification tell us anything new about plant evolution?

Richard Milne is a lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, who has won several awards for his teaching. He is also a very keen field botanist with a particular interest in training novices in plant identification. Richard will also have copies of a colourful poster that he has designed illustrating the current classification system for all vascular plants (£5 ea).