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Botanists are disappearing – just when the world needs them most

By Sebastian Stroud, PhD Candidate in Ecology and Botany, University of Leeds
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Can you recall any of the plants you saw today?

Probably not. As a species, we are not programmed to recognise and register everything we see within our field of vision. This would be an overwhelming amount of information for our brains to process.

You can however, with a little time and practise, be trained to read the plants around you: to recognise which species they belong to and their names, their relationships with other organisms and what they are telling you about the environment they live in. This is to develop what some call a natural literacy.

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