Many of the Ancients believed that all things were composed of four ‘elements’ – earth, fire, air and water. Although we generally ‘believe’ differently today (after all, we’ve discovered elements composed of protons, neutrons, electrons, etc), that quartet still exerts a profound influence on plant life. So, over my next few posts there follows a modern-day take on that ancient theme.
I am a Botanist and former Senior Lecturer in Botany at Bath Spa University (Bath, near Bristol, UK). As News Editor for the Annals of Botany I contributed the monthly Plant Cuttings column to that international plant science journal for almost 10 years. As a freelance plant science communicator I continue to share my Cuttingsesque items - and appraisals of books with a plant focus - with a plant-curious audience at Plant Cuttings [https://plantcuttings.uk] (and formerly at Botany One [https://botany.one/author/nigelchaffey/]). In that guise my main goal is to inform (hopefully, in an educational, and entertaining way) others about plants and plant-people interactions, and thereby improve humankind's botanical literacy. I'm happy to be contacted to discuss potential writing - or talking - projects and opportunities.