In true Ri tradition, Professor Sue Hartley's lectures will focus on climate change. Citing research as recent as a month ago, Hartley explores what threats lie ahead for global food security and predicts the weapons of the future as we try and protect the world's food supply.
As only the fourth women to give the iconic lectures, Hartley continues the British tradition with The 300 million year war between plants and animals and reveals plants as you've never seen them before: beautiful, complicated and cunning. Plants have plenty of tricks up their sleeve and much of our food, drugs, medicines and materials are all by-products of this epic 300 million year war. What's more, humans are dependent on them in ways you'd never imagine.
To find out how changes to our climate will upset the balance in the arms race between plants and animals, watch the 300 Million Year War, More 4’s 2009 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.